President’s Thinking Symposium on Living, Learning, and Leading


Patricia Witt



Patricia Witt

Thinking Symposium

Please join Southwestern University President and Professor Edward Burger as he hosts a series of guest speakers as part of his experimental course, “Effective Thinking Through Creative Puzzle-Solving.” Guests will describe the “puzzles” of their professional lives, the practices of mind they use to resolve them, and lead thought-provoking conversations on the meaningful and life-changing experiences that have shaped their lives.

October 26, 1:30 p.m.
Matthew Barger P’19

Senior Advisor at Hellman & Friedman Private Equity, member of many boards including the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, the California Academy of the Sciences, and the San Francisco Free Clinic 

November 2, 1:30 p.m.
Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds ’87

Vice President of Policy for ExcelinEd, former Deputy Legislative Director for Gov. George W. Bush, Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency, and Special Assistant in the Office of Legislation & Congressional Affairs

November 9, 1:30 p.m.
Konrad Bouffard ’93

Certified Master Beekeeper, Co-founder of Round Rock Honey and Beekeeping School—one of the leading producers of heirloom honey with campuses in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Los Altos, CA—and former social studies teacher

November 16, 1:30 p.m.
Tanya Otti P’21

Registered nurse with a deep commitment to special needs children, President & founder of Continental Healthcare, Inc.—providing in-home health care services from nurses, caregivers, physical therapists, and social workers

November 30, 1:30 p.m.
Igor Perisic P’21

Vice President of Engineering and Chief Data Officer at LinkedIn, data scientist, statistician, engineer, and one of the founders of the Economic Graph Project to “create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce”

December 7, 1:30PM
Donna Fujimoto Cole

President & CEO of Cole Chemical & Distributing, member of many boards including the U.S.–Japan Council, the Chao Center for Asian Studies, and one of Houston’s 50 most influential women according to Houston Woman magazine


Free and Open to the Entire Community
Room 110
F.W. Olin Building