The Austin Forum Technology Impact Advisory Board provides guidance and support in the areas of impact, development, community relations, and programming of future topics and speakers. Their participation helps increase the influence and impact of the Austin Forum for the whole community.

The Advisory Board meets 8-10 times a year and is comprised of voluntary members of sponsor organizations and at-large community leaders in technology, business, government, and education. Board members provide guidance and support in the areas of impact, development, community relations, and programming.


Austin Forum Chris Blanding

Chris Blanding

Chris Blanding is an Account Manager at Cisco representing key municipal and higher education customers in central Texas. He helps to positively influence the local community with the worlds’ best technology portfolio to advance initiatives that improve citizen engagement, transportation, and the delivery of electricity and water which accelerates learning in higher education and ultimately helps the community communicate to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Austin Forum Theresa Boisseau

Theresa Boisseau
The Ott Group at Keller Williams Realty

Theresa is CEO of The Ott Group at Keller Williams. Theresa has been around real estate all her life and is a second generation Keller Williams Realty agent. Theresa has professional experience in the technology arena, including working at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), heading up education, outreach and training programs for the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) at SDSC. As a broker at Keller Williams Realty, Theresa embraces the KW perspective that we are a technology company that provides the real estate platform that makes our agents most effective in pleasing our buyers and sellers. Theresa is also a member of Impact Austin, which began in 2003 and is now one of the largest women’s philanthropy groups in the nation; Theresa has served on the Catalyst Grants committee and is currently a Zone Chair. Theresa has called Austin home since 1985 except for her two years at SDSC. She attended the University of Texas where she was member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, which sparked her interest in making a difference in the community.

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Barbary Brunner
Austin Technology Council

Barbary is the CEO of the Austin Technology Council (ATC) and is responsible for setting ATC’s long-term strategy, as well as managing the organization’s day-to-day operations and achievements. Barbary brings to ATC her passion for technology and more than 20 years of experience as an executive at global technology leaders–Experian, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Vivendi Universal—and in her consulting business which provided strategy, brand and organizational solutions to small and mid-sized companies. Barbary is an advisor and board member to, and investor in, a number of early stage companies, is a past mentor of the Founder Institute’s global accelerator program and prior to her years in high tech, worked with nonprofits and civic organizations as a board member, committee chair and lobbyist.

Austin Forum Kirk Cesari

Kirk Cesari
Cesari & Reed, LP

Kirk A. Cesari is a partner admitted to practice in Texas, Minnesota, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Kirk has a background in electrical engineering.

Austin Forum Chelsea Collier

Chelsea Collier

Chelsea fosters collaboration between the public and private sectors to solve civic challenges, leveraging her experience in tech, policy, social impact, civic engagement and entrepreneurship. Chelsea is the Founder of Digi.City, Editor-At-Large for Smart City Connect, Senior Advisor for Texans for Economic Progress, and Co-Founder of Impact Hub Austin, one of 84 community spaces around the world committed to social and civic good. She provides consulting services through her firm, Intercambio Group. Chelsea is a Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellow (2016) and is a contributor to where she writes about innovation and smart cities.

Austin Forum Rhonda Dirvin

Rhonda Dirvin

Rhonda was appointed director of Internet of Things (IoT) verticals at ARM in November 2015. Since joining ARM in 2011, she has worked in several marketing and strategic roles, including digital marketing and alliances. She now drives ARM’s marketing strategy through the lens of IoT vertical markets and is a Founding Board member of the OpenFog Consortium.
 Rhonda is an experienced electronics-industry veteran, who began her career with Motorola Semiconductor, where she worked for 17 years. She started in the nascent data communications business where she took on increasing responsibility as it grew into a multi-billion dollar business. She moved on to roles in sales, wireless marketing, and operations with P&L responsibility.
 She holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Austin Forum Brad Englert

Brad Englert
Brad Englert Advisory

Brad is the CEO and founder of Brad Englert Advisory, a technology planning and consulting services firm, and is an author, advisor, and technologist. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer for ITS and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The University of Texas at Austin, and was a partner with Accenture. Services offered through Brad Englert Advisory include strategy creation, IT governance, organization effectiveness, cloud solution evaluation and selection, career coaching, and career development training.

Austin Forum Hugh Forrest

Hugh Forrest
SXSW Interactive

Hugh serves as Chief of Programming for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. This event brings more than 25,000 digital creatives from across the United States and around the world to Austin for five days of panels, brainstorming, networking, deal-making and fun. Forrest graduated from Austin High School in 1980, and then majored in English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Before joining the SXSW team, he founded a small alternative publication called The Austin Challenger.

Austin Forum Sherri Greenberg

Sherri Greenberg
The University of Texas

Sherri is a lecturer in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government. Her current teaching and research interests include: public finance and budgeting; public procurement and contracting; public pensions; online governance, transparency and civic engagement; campaigns and elections, state and local government; education and housing. Greenberg served for 10 years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, completing her final term in January 2001. Previously, Greenberg served as the Manager of Capital Finance for the City of Austin from 1985 to 1989, overseeing the City’s debt management, capital budgeting, and capital improvement programs. Prior to that she was a Public Finance Officer at Standard & Poor’s Corporation in New York, where she analyzed and assigned bond ratings to public projects across the country.
Sherri received an M.Sc. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Austin Forum Robert Hormuth

Robert Hormuth
Dell EMC

Robert is Vice President/Fellow and CTO of Dell EMC Server Solutions Group. Robert has 29 years in the computer industry. Robert joined Dell in 2007 after 8 years with Intel and 11 years at National Instruments.
Robert and his team focus on future server architectures and technology, working across Dell EMC business units, product planning and advanced engineering to drive future technology intercepts onto the server portfolio.
He volunteers his time in the tech community by serving on the University of Texas Computer Science Advisory Council and participating as an industry judge for senior design projects at Texas A&M and Texas State University Electrical Engineering Departments.
Robert has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and currently holds 16 patents.

Austin Forum Harold Ingersoll

Harold Ingersoll
Atchley & Associates

Harold is a partner at Atchley & Associates, LLP. Harold has more than 30 years of leadership experience in consulting, public accounting and the U.S. Air Force. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas State University.
Prior to becoming a partner at Atchley & Associates, LLP in 2005, Harold managed his own accounting practice and later merging with Faske Lay & Co., LLP as a partner. Harold is retired from the Air Force and the Air Force Reserves.
Harold centralizes his practice in mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, litigation support, expert witness consulting and forensic accounting. He has extensive expertise in these practice areas in addition to succession planning, taxation, attestation, and general business consulting. As the managing partner of the consulting services group, he has the ability to evaluate and explain complex business transactions as well as see them through to success.

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Mitch Jacobson
Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)

Mitch has been a leader in bringing together government, industry, academia, utility and community interests to organize and shape the $2.5b economy in Clean Technology and Clean Energy in Central Texas as the Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at ATI. He is now the Director of the Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas at Austin, a resource for early stage technology companies in “deep tech” – that is solutions that pertain to energy, water, waste, transportation, agtech and the life sciences. He is also the Executive Director of the UT Blackstone LaunchPad on the UT Campus. Mitch serves on the Board of The Nature Conservancy, The Environmental Sciences Institute at UT Austin, The Texas Foundation of Innovation & Commercialization, EcoRise and The Austin Forum on Technology & Society. Prior to all of this, Mitch was in the Computer / IT industry for 25 years. He founded the Eyes of Texas Partners angel investment group, was the VP of Sales for Tech Data Corporation and Director of Sales, European Expansion and ROW Expansion for Dell for many years.

Austin Forum Clemens Ott

Clemens Ott

Clemens is a civil engineer and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. He began his career in document imaging in the 80’s and was daydreaming during a Fortran 77 course at St. Edwards University about programming by flowcharting. He realized this dream with his custom online software platform, IXP. Now, he is works with companies and governmental entities that are interested in an inclusive approach to software integration in daily business.

Austin Forum Karl Popham

Karl Popham
Austin Energy

@Austin Energy
Karl Popham is the Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies Manager at the nation’s 8th largest public power utility, Austin Energy. Karl has been the Principal Investigator on three U.S. Department of Energy grants advancing transportation electrification and smart utility technologies. Karl is co-author of “Smart Cities: Applications, Technologies, Standards & Driving Factors” a book published by Springer in 2017. He has published several articles on emerging trends and is the electrification lead for Austin’s Smart Mobility Roadmap that includes autonomous transportation. Previously he served as Austin Energy’s interim Chief Information Officer and Division Manager of the Program Management Office, a Managing Director at Hewlett-Packard Services, Director at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and a Captain in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Alex Sabatier Austin Forum

Alex Sabatier

Alex Sabatier is a Senior Account Executive based in Austin, Tx serving the NVIDIA Enterprise segment. In this role Alex evangelizes, develops and monitors the adoption of GPU computing in the Enterprise data center of the Fortune 100 companies in south Central US. GPU Computing addresses software techniques that covers the growing fields of HPC, Accelerated Analytics, Artificial Intelligence with Machine Learning and Deep learning.

Before joining NVIDIA, Alex ran the North America business operations of a 3GPP wireless start-up named ICERA. When NVIDIA acquired Icera in July 2011, Alex handled customer relationships with US operators, like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, then led strategic projects between NVIDIA and Google before moving to his current role.

Alex earned his Bachelor of Science in Microelectronics and Robotics from the “Institut des Sciences de l’Ingénieur” in Montpellier, France which explain his wonderful accent.