Guest Presenters


Carson Dickie

our StrengthsFinder coach, is the consummate entrepreneur. Throughout his life, Carson has been involved with launching a host of businesses and organizations in a variety of fields, including oil & gas exploration, education, ecological conservation, and boutique wine sales. Over decades in the business world, Carson has learned the incredible value that results when individuals have a clearer picture of their unique strengths, their gifting. Carson is such a believer of this truth that he put serious life endeavors on hold in order to become a certified StrengthsFinder Coach. We are thrilled to have Carson working with our students this summer! 

 

BERT PFIESTER

retired from SBC/AT&T Communications after completing 26 years of service where he served as the Executive Director of External Affairs. He joined Respite Care of San Antonio in 2001 where he serves as the agency’s CEO and President. Respite Care provides services to children with developmental disabilities and complex medical diagnosis and operates the only licensed emergency shelter in Texas for children in need of specialized care in crisis. Bert is a native Texan and has lived in San Antonio for 30 years. He serves on the executive committee of the Silver and Black Give Back Foundation of the San Antonio Spurs, board secretary of Monarch Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland and is a former   Vice President of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. Bert is a single parent of three teenagers:  Christopher, (17) Jennifer, (16) and Brian (15).

 

LISA WATTS, Psy.D.

has practiced in the field of clinical psychology since November 2000. Dr. Watts has directed a multi-disciplinary practice, evaluating and treating children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of learning, attentional and emotional problems. She offers consultation services to residential treatment facilities and schools in the Hill Country and surrounding areas as well as forensic services to juvenile and adult populations. Dr. Watts resides in Kerrville, Texas.  She is married to a San Antonio Firefighter. They have two children. When she is not working, she can be found running along the river trail, or watching her children at the baseball/softball field. Dr. Watts will be sharing scientific insights on memory (how the brain is designed to best learn) and counsel on how students can deal with stress in a healthy fashion.

 

Katherine Lott

As a professional artist and life coach, Katherine uses her expertise in discovering and then enlivening the true blueprint or purpose in individuals that enables them to activate their purpose and thrive, not merely pick a major and survive. Her mentor Joseph Campbell, author and teacher, said it quite simply..." Follow your bliss." In Campbell’s estimation our bliss is that thing you can't not do. Katherine will walk our students through The Hero’s Journey a paradigm through which life’s challenges, and the ability to overcome them is readily understood and even embraced. Katherine is passionate about activating the Hero in every individual that crosses her path and is thrilled to introduce our students to the Hero’s Journey.

 

Luke Turpin

Eleven months ago, Luke graduated with a business degree from the University of Texas. Upon graduation, Luke launched We All Go, which exists to train missionaries to more vividly, transparently, and effectively communicate their stories by using video. Luke is coming off a year traversing the globe, having served alongside missionaries in Scotland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Haiti, Portugal, and Spain. This journey of body, mind, and spirit has lead to Luke’s befriending Iranian refugees in Glasgow, teaching a seminar in Portugal on the future of church for Millennials, and much more. Luke is passionate about helping people get in touch with and embrace their own unique stories, and is eager to challenge our students in creative as well as practical ways. Get the full story at www.luketurpin.com .

 

Lindy Segall

As co-founder of “Professionally Speaking,” Lindy is best known for a relentless dedication to helping folks express themselves clearly and authentically, while telling a memorable story. Lindy has been involved in founding six successful business enterprises over the past thirty years. During that time, he claims to have discovered a pleasant balance between making a living…and making a difference. His marquee clients include GSD&M, Dell, Motorola/Freescale and 3M Corporation. He’s taught executive level classes at UT Austin, St. Edward’s and Texas Christian University with highest ratings. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce named Lindy “Professional of the Year,” the Advertising Society’s “Best Speaker” and the Association for Women in Communications their “Mentor of the Year.” Lindy is humbled by the kudos from his peers, but considers his greatest reward when a client simply says, “AHA!”

 

RYAN NIXON

is the Managing Partner and a member of the Investment Team of Goshawk Global Investments. As managing partner, he directs the firm’s operations as well as investor relations. As a member of the investment team, Ryan assists with idea generation, investment research, and portfolio construction. Ryan founded the firm after earning his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin. Ryan has served on the MSF Advisory Council for the University of Texas and currently serves as a member of the KLRU Endowment Committee. He and his wife have lived in Austin for 15 years and have four children. Ryan is excited to share with our students about his experience navigating the world of finance in his 20’s, starting a hedge fund at age thirty, and what he’s learned about the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance and prudent risk-taking.

 

RICK ARCHER, FAIA, LEED AP,

is a founding principal and CEO at Overland Partners in San Antonio. Rick’s passion for learning and his belief in the power of physical place to shape people’s lives has led him to projects that address issues of vital importance to society, such as education, sustainability, and the marginalized. Rick advocates for a process of deep, strategic inquiry in collaboration with clients and stakeholder groups. It is through engaging clients and stakeholders, their culture, their place, and their mission that he learns from them and is able to uncover innovative solutions that reveal the embedded potential of a project. Rick served as lead architect on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, a forerunner of the green building movement; the Student Activity Center and College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin; and the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation at Baylor University, amongst many others campus planning and building projects.