Get Smart Logo

Embrace Innovation, Stay Human

October 2, 2019 / American Institutes for Research / 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Get Smart is a half-day professional development conference designed to provide Austin communications professionals with a slate of interactive, career-boosting sessions that provide insight, motivation and applicable skills. Leading public figures spearhead the conference and deliver interesting and informative sessions.

NOTE: This year’s event is capped at 100 registrants and, at $40 per ticket, seats will fill fast! Register now to reserve your spot!


(We will update this agenda as sessions and breakouts are confirmed.)


12:00 – 1:00 pm – Registration, Welcome & Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm – Session 1
1:50 – 2:35 pm – Session 2
2:45 – 3:30 pm – Session 3
3: 30 – 3:45 pm – Break
3:45 – 4:30 pm – Keynote
4:35 – 5:00 pm – Closing Remarks

General Assembly will provide courses in our two breakout rooms and mentoring will be available.

Get Smart 2019 will be immediately followed by Connect Over Cocktails, WCA’s monthly opportunity to connect and network with membership (see Events for more details and to sign up).

Who should attend?

The conference attracts professionals from all aspects of communications, including writers, editors, marketing and communications directors, photographers, graphic designers, journalists, public relations professionals and more. They represent the freelance industry as well as non-profits, state agencies and small, medium and large-sized private companies.

The Venue

American Institutes for Research
4700 Mueller Blvd
Austin, TX 78723
(Parking in the lot and on the street is free.)

Get Smart keynote speakers are notable figures in communications:

  • Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, president and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University
  • Elizabeth Christian, president of Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations
  • ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd
  • Dr. Betty Sue Flowers, director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
  • Novelist Sarah Bird
  • Amy Simmons, owner of Amy’s Ice Creams
  • …and dozens more.