Taylor Willingham previews "America Speaks: Our Budget, Our Economy"

  • 20 Jul 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Marie Callendar's Restaurant 9503 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759


Registration is closed

Enormous challenges loom and threaten the long-term vitality of the United States – chief among them, a growing total federal debt that is projected to reach 95% of our GDP by 2020.


On June 26, 2010, thousands of Americans across the country participated in an unprecedented National Town Meeting on our nation’s fiscal future.  The goal of the nonpartisan discussion was to find common ground about the choices necessary to address the nation’s growing deficit and national debt.   This national discussion was made possible by the efforts of experts, advocates and community volunteers.  We are pleased to present one such individual Taylor Willingham, the site manager for the event in Dallas.

Come hear Taylor  preview the priorities that emerged from this national discussion.  You will be among the first to hear the results and recommendations that will be shared with national leaders and policymakers as America’s solutions for a sustainable fiscal future.


Space is limited.  Make sure to RSVP today to confirm your place at the table. 



Taylor Willingham is the co-founder and director of Texas Forums, an initiative of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. She is a research fellow for the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois where she also teaches Civic Entrepreneurship and Public Engagement for the Community Informatics Program at the Graduate Library and Information Sciences School. She has consulted with the American Library Association, the Texas State Library, Bill Moyers Public Affairs Television, KERA Public Radio and Television, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Iowa Department of Education. Willingham is a research associate for the Kettering Foundation, a former board member for the National Issues Forums Institute, co-founder of the Fostering Community Engagement Membership Initiative Group of American Library Association, a Board Member of the Salado Education Foundation, a Salado Public Library Trustee and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.



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