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Regular Meeting – Better Angels

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Better Angels
As political polarization rises in America, we are facing an “us” versus “them” mentality in politics and political conversations. The national bipartisan organization Better Angels seeks to unite “reds” and “blues” by encouraging citizens to understand the other side’s viewpoint and look for common ground. We welcome Better Angels Central Texas at our September 19th meeting to communicate more of its local mission and events and walk us through a brief skills workshop targeted at how we talk with like-minded people about the other side.
(Haidar: I know most Rotary clubs are apolotical, so rest assured we won’t put your members on the spot too much. The mini-experience just gets them thinking about their own inner polarizers.)

Norman Kaderlan has studied life sciences, led arts organizations, advised design professionals on management and marketing, mentored technology startups, taught marketing to engineers, and helped researchers around the world move their innovations from the lab to the market. He loves traveling, eating, cooking and photography.
Karl Schmalz is a retired oil and gas industry tax lawyer.  He grew up in Massachusetts and received a degree in economics from Princeton University and a law degree from the University of Texas. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the International Tax and Investment Center. Karl is a long time member of the board of Communities in Schools Dallas Region, a stay-in-school non-profit that works with at-risk students.  He and his wife, Bonnie Martin, their two children and four grandchildren all live in Austin, Texas

Matt Wood and Amber Compton are also involved with Better Angels.  We will meet them another time
Matt Wood is an attorney with the Austin law firm Weisbart Springer Hayes, where he specializes in business litigation. Matt is a long-time volunteer attorney with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. In his spare time, Matt enjoys international travel, good nonfiction, and open-minded political discussions.
Amber Compton is a speaker, writer, educator and communications consultant. She pursues her passion for erisology, the study of disagreement, by hosting civil discourse dinners and speaking to youth and adults about the need for civility in political discussions.


September 19, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Clay Pit
1601 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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