PeopleTalk Speaker Series

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At PeopleFund,  we want to see your small business succeed. The PeopleTalk Entrepreneur Education Series offers a unique opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. Hear about their business journey, from lessons learned to professional advice from experienced CEOs. Lunch is included and questions are welcome. Now’s your chance to think big picture about the future of your small business and pick the brains of our community’s best and brightest. Since 2005, PeopleTalk has been presented by Bank of America.

past speakers

Past San Antonio Speakers

  • Jody Bailey Newman – Food Entrepreneur; The Friendly Spot Ice House, Alamo Street Eat Bar food truck park, and B&D Ice House

Past Dallas/Fort Worth Speakers

  • Gail Warrior – Founder and CEO, Warrior Group & Warrior Elements
  • Betsy Price – City Mayor, City of Fort Worth
  • Veronica Torres – Founder, V12 Yoga and Director of  Business Development for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Irvin Ashford – Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs, Director of Community Development and External Affairs Comerica Bank
  • Andre Angel – Founder and CEO, Tango Tab

 Past Austin Speakers

  • Gordon Logan – Founder & CEO, SportClips
  • Patrick Terry – Founder & CEO, P.Terry’s Burger Stand
  • Dan Graham – Founder and CEO,
  • Tim League – Founder, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
  • Roy Spence – Co-Founder, GSD&M
  • Judy Trabulsi – Co-Founder, GSD&M
  • John Paul DeJoria – Founder, Paul Mitchell Systems and the Grow Appalachia Project
  • Evan Smith – Former Editor, Texas Monthly Magazine and Editor of Texas Tribune
  • Dr. Mohammad Yumus – Grameen Bank and Nobel Prize winner

 For more information, email us or call us at 512.472.8087. Know someone you think we should invite to speak?  Email us.

Join us on June 15th to learn how Amy Simmons of Amy’s Ice Creams has kept Austin smiling since 1984!

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Amy Simmons originally wanted to go into medicine. While in school and after, she worked at Steve’s Ice Cream, launching new stores in Manhattan and Coconut Grove, Florida until it was sold. Simmons then decided to start her own company where she could focus on the quality, community and customer service values that first lured her into the ice cream business. Finding Texas most hospitable, she opened Amy’s Ice Creams in 1984 in Austin. Based on the philosophy of “making people’s day”, Amy’s Ice Creams has grown to 15 stores in three cities. The success of Amy’s is known worldwide from featured articles in Inc., Southern Living, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Fast Company, and features on Food Network, ABC and multiple reference university textbooks. In 2003, Simmons founded Choose Austin First, an alliance of locally owned businesses dedicated to fostering and promoting the city’s unique lifestyle and sense of community. In 2007 she founded Phil’s Ice House, a burger concept, which also thrives on the concept of being a gathering and giving place for the community. Her deep-rooted concern for community motivated her to run for and be elected to Westlake Hills City Council Place 3 in May 2007 where she served as Mayor Pro Tem. Simmons attended the University of Texas and received her Option II M.B.A. in 1992, where she received the Dean’s Award.

When: Thursday, June 15th, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

1911 Aldrich St Suite 120, Austin, TX 78723