• Speaking Engagements

    As a dynamic business speaker with more than 20-years as a community leader and entrepreneur, Carol is a frequent presenter at state and national events. Contact Carol if you’re looking for a keynote speaker or workshop facilitator.  She will inspire your audience, providing invaluable insight and motivation. 

    Sample speaking topics include:

    • The Story of Austin’s Innovation: Past, Present and Future
    • The Next Generation of Leadership in Your Community: Who are they? How are you training them?
    • Collaboration: Setting Aside Differences to Succeed in Economic Development
    • Women at the Helm: Raising Strong Girls to Become Strong Women

    Carol will work with you and your organization to craft a presentation to your audience.

    How Did Austin Do It?

    34 years ago, the Austin Chamber of Commerce orchestrated its first marketing mission to Silicon Valley. More than 20 volunteers participated in the trip, whose purpose was to encourage Silicon Valley area businesses to think about Austin if they were expanding to other cities. At the time, no one knew where Austin was located.  Volunteers had to carry maps of Texas to meetings to show Austin’s geographic location. Two years later, Carol Thompson became the first female chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.  90+ companies visited Austin to explore expansion opportunities. That year, 35 expanded in Austin.  Those roots of economic development – collaboration and a can-do spirit –  that still drive Austin’s economic growth today.