HCA Leadership Summit

Thank you for attending the 2020 Virtual Summit!

The Hill Country Leadership Summit is the Hill Country Alliance’s premiere annual gathering, and provides an opportunity for learning, networking, and being inspired among our region’s top community leaders, conservation practitioners, and natural resource managers. Below, please find profiles on summit speakers, a final agenda, pre-recorded material, as well as recordings of the live sessions. 

Session Videos

Regenerative Grazing
Water Funder Initiative
From the Arctic Circle to the Texas Hill Country

The Growth of the Aggregate Industry

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Conservation in the Hill Country
Local and Regional Leadership
Preserving the Night Sky
Hill Country Sewage Scorecard

Pre-Recorded Material

A Vision for the Texas Hill Country

AstroTourism in the Texas Hill Country: Panel Video

Whether from downtown San Antonio and Austin, or from across the globe, people are headed to the Hill Country to enjoy the night skies. This panel will look at community and regional strategies for further developing this growing portion of our region’s tourism economy.

 Panelists: Michelle Fischer, City of Dripping Springs; Wayne Gosnell, Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky; Patricia Moore, and Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Moderator: Cindy Luongo Cassidy, Texas Chapter, International Dark-Sky Association

Cultivating a Hill Country for All – Inspiring Stewardship, Conservation, and Communication: Panel Video

Across the 17 counties of the Hill Country, there are many groups working to spread messages of conservation and stewardship, one person at a time. This panel will spotlight some of these groups and examine what it takes to connect and inspire the hearts and minds of diverse,   young audiences across the region.

Panelists: Justine Salsbury, Shield Ranch Foundation/El Ranchito Summer Camp; Amelia DeVivo, Austin Youth River Watch; April Sansom, Bamberger Ranch; Josie Gutiérrez, San Antonio Chapter, Latino Outdoors; Alex Bailey, H. E. Butt Foundation

Moderator: Leah Cuddeback, Hill Country Alliance