PeopleTalk Speaker Series


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.

past speakers

 Past Dallas Speakers

  • 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

  • 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 in Austin on June 4th for PeopleTalk featuring Patrick Terry of P.Terry’s Burger Stand.


Patrick Terry along with his wife, Kathy founded P. Terry’s Burger Stand in July of 2005 at the corner of Lamar and Barton Springs in Austin, TX.   As the first restaurant in Austin to offer all-natural beef and chicken along with fresh cut french fries, P. Terry’s quickly established itself as an alternative to regular fast food fare.  Today there are nine P. Terry’s locations with four more planned in 2015, all in the Austin area.  A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Patrick began his career in advertising at Tracy-Locke/BBDO in Dallas where he worked on the accounts of Philips Petroleum, Ben Hogan Golf and Frito-Lay.  Patrick came back to Austin in 1985 as the Director of the Texas Sesquicentennial  Commission where he oversaw Texas’ 150th birthday in 1986. Before opening P. Terry’s he created Rizano’s Italian restaurant with two locations which he sold in 1993. Patrick is married to Kathy, they have two children, Kate and Caroline.

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Lane Austin

Register HERE for PeopleTalk Fort Worth with Patrick Terry on June 4th.

Join us in Fort Worth on July 22nd for PeopleTalk featuring Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

BetsyPrice-FF9271-57-medBetsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2013, Price ran unopposed and was re-elected to a second two-year term. As the 16th largest city in the United States, Fort Worth remains one of the fastest growing large cities in the country. Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city.

Location: Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway, Fort Worth

Register HERE for PeopleTalk Fort Worth with Betsy Price on July 22nd.

Gail_bioJoin us in Dallas for PeopleTalk featuring Gail Warrior.

Gail Warrior is the founder and CEO of Warrior Group, a commercial general contractor headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The company began in 1997 as a provider of high-quality relocatable modular buildings to federal agencies. Since that time, Gail has led the company to become one of the largest woman/minority owned general contractors in the country and one of the country’s leading experts in Permanent Modular Construction. She has assembled a team with extensive experience in a diverse range of project types who look for innovative solutions to help each client determine what construction materials, means and methods will create the best value for their construction budget.

Location: PeopleFund Dallas offices, 2801 Swiss Ave, Dallas

Register HERE for PeopleTalk Dallas with Gail Warrior.