Keynote Conversation is September 28 at 7:15 p.m.at The Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, TEXAS (EMBARGOED UNTIL 6 A.M. on August 21, 2019) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, will close the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival with a one-on-one conversation with Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune, as announced today. The discussion will take place at the historic Paramount Theatre located at 713 Congress Ave. in downtown Austin on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:15 p.m. The full Festival lineup and registration information are available at festival.texastribune.org.
“I can’t believe we’re lucky enough to say this, but it’s the third time in the last five years that Nancy Pelosi, has generously and enthusiastically agreed to participate in the Texas Tribune Festival,” said Evan Smith. “Of course it’s her first appearance as Madam Speaker, which is why we’re so incredibly honored to have her as our closing night conversation. We can’t wait to welcome one of the most powerful politicians in America back to Austin.”
Speaker PelosI has served in Congress since 1987, representing California’s 12th Congressional District. She was the Speaker of the U.S. House from 2007 to 2011, becoming the first female party leader and Speaker of the House. She made history again in 2019 when she became the first person in more than 60 years to regain the position. Speaker Pelosi served as House Democratic leader from 2011 to 2018.
Access to the conversation with Speaker Pelosi will be available to Festival passholders, with priority seating for credentialed media and Texas Tribune members. The discussion will be livestreamed at Open Congress and will be available via The Texas Tribune’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The livestream will also be available to the media for embedding by emailing email@example.com.
Prior to the conversation with Speaker Pelosi, attendees can look forward to inspiring discussions on politics, public policy and current events, as well as Open Congress, the free and open-to-the-public street fest held on Austin’s iconic Congress Avenue. Open Congress, which attracted thousands of attendees during its inaugural year in 2018, will showcase programming from POLITICO, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas 2036 and Texas Monthly, along with free book signings, fun sponsor activations, food trucks and, new this year, an area dedicated to children.
Full access to the Festival, including three full days of programming, exclusive networking opportunities and special receptions, is just $250. Special discounts are available for Texas Tribune members, students and educators. Registration and discount information are available at festival.texastribune.org. Attendees can customize their schedules with the official Texas Tribune Festival app, now available for download for iOS and Android devices.
The Festival is accepting press credential requests. The schedule is subject to change, and additional speakers are likely to be added prior to the Festival.
The Texas Tribune Festival is presented by Walmart and supported by Arnold Ventures, Ascension Seton, PepsiCo, Raise Your Hand Texas, TEXAS 2036, The University of Texas at Austin, AARP, Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Aura Rainwater, Austin Community College, The Beer Alliance of Texas, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, BookPeople, BP, British Embassy, Burnt Nopal Creative Studio, Capital Metro, CenterPoint Energy, Comcast, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, Dell Technologies, DHR Health, Educate Texas, Entergy, Executive Masters in Public Leadership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Greater Texas Foundation, Greater Texas Water Company, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Gulf States Toyota, H-E-B, IBC Bank, Imperfect Produce, JPMorgan Chase, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Lyft, Meadows Foundation, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and The Hackett Center, Messina Hof Winery and Resort, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, MOVE Texas, The Nature Conservancy, NRG Energy, Oncor, Panacea Collective, Pastors for Texas Children, Pearson, Reissa Foundation, Spurs Sports and Entertainment, Still Water Foundation, SXSW, St. David’s Foundation, St. David’s HealthCare, Stratfor, Sumners Foundation, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, The Texas A&M University System, Texas Association of Community Colleges, Texas Charter Schools Association, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, Texas Cultural Trust, Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, Texas Exes, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texas REALTORS®, Texas Southern University, Texas Tech University, Tito’s Homemade Vodka, TLL Temple Foundation, Toyota North America, Trellis Foundation, University of Texas Press, Upbring, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Walton Family Foundation, and Zachry Group.
Media support is provided by POLITICO, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, Chalkbeat, Community Impact, CultureMap, The Dallas Morning News, GateHouse Media, Houston Public Media, KERA-Dallas, KLRU-Austin, KSAT-San Antonio, KTSM-El Paso, KXAN-Austin, Lawfare, NBCU, The New York Times, OutSmart Magazine, The Rivard Report, Study Breaks, Texas Standard, TIME, Univision-Austin, Voice of Asia, VOX and The Washington Post.
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