Our goal is Less Talk, More action. However, the Circular Economy presents unique information challenges. We will be accomplishing this challenge primarily through the role of the Coaches. We will be limiting the speaker contributions to 1-2 people, likely during the dinner time on Friday evening. The goal of these 10-15 minute speaches will be to enable teams to generate new ideas, rather than to promote specific supporters. Event sponsors will have the opportunity to be present with information tables, as coaches, and in some cases present materials.

Natalie (Messer) Betts, MPA, CEcD

Recycling Economic Development Program Manager at City of Austin

Experienced Economic Development Manager and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with a demonstrated history of working and innovating in the public sector. Skilled public speaker, writer, strategic planner, and partnership builder. Strong program and project management professional with a Master of Public Affairs focused in Policy Analysis; Sustainable Development from Indiana University Bloomington.

Natalie is responsible for Austin ground breaking Reverse Pitch Competition for recyling, and may lead the nation in the name change of her department to the City of Austin's Office of the Circular Economy!