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The Texas Optimism Project organizes a campus speaker series at Texas universities to spark practical conversations about optimism. In 2018, we hosted events at four universities and discussion topics ranged from global health and entrepreneurship to mindfulness and creativity.

We are currently planning programming for both spring and fall semesters of 2019.

2019 Events


Texas Christian University

Topic: Optimism After College
Featured Speaker: Alex Snodgrass | Founder, The Defined Dish

Alex Snodgrass, TCU alumna and founder of the massively popular blog, The Defined Dish, hosts an honest discussion about life after college, pursuing your passion, and using optimism to navigate “the real world.”

April 3, 2019
Facebook Event

St. Edward's University

August 2019 | Stay tuned for more details.

Baylor University

October 2019 | Stay tuned for more details.

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If you’re a campus community member and would like to collaborate with us on an event, please contact Melissa Reese at [email protected]

"This is the best
event I've been to in my life."

Rice University Student

Past Events


In the fall of 2018, the Texas Optimism Project launched events at Baylor University, Texas State University, Rice University, and St. Edward’s University. The events explored the intersection of optimism and other topics, tailored to the interests of each campus. Below is line up from past events.

St. Edward's University

Topic: Optimism + Mindfulness
Featured Speaker: Tessa Todd Morgan | Coach & Yoga Instructor

Baylor University

Topic: Optimism + Leadership
Featured Speakers: Tiff & Leon Chen | Founders, Tiff’s Treats

Recap of 2018 Baylor Event

Rice University

Topic: Optimism + Global Health
Featured Speaker: Dr. Peter Hotez | Pediatrician, Vaccine Advocate

Recap of 2018 Rice Event

Texas State University

Topic: Optimism + Innovation
Featured Speaker: GONZO247 | Famed Houston Graffiti Artist

Recap of 2018 Texas State Event