Gary Kelly serves as the chairman of the board and chief executive officer at Southwest Airlines. Under Kelly’s leadership, Southwest has grown to become the nation's largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine's list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking eighth in 2017.Kelly is a 30-year Southwest veteran who began his career at Southwest Airlines as controller, moving up to chief financial officer and vice president finance, then executive vice president and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and vice chairman in July 2004. Kelly assumed the roles of chairman and president in 2008. In January 2017, Kelly relinquished the title of president. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Gary was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and controller for Systems Center, Inc.
Kelly is a lifelong Texan and received a B.B.A. in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. As a proud alumnus, Kelly has served the University in a number of capacities, including on the McCombs School Advisory Council. Gary is a certified public accountant and serves on the board of directors of the Lincoln National Corporation and Airlines for America, the airline industry advocacy group (serving as Chairman from 2012 - 2014). Kelly is a current member of the business council and the Southwestern Medical Foundation board of trustees. Kelly previously served on the President’s Council of Jobs and Competitiveness.
Tony Rogers is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Walmart U.S. He is responsible for all aspects of Walmart’s marketing efforts, including customer research, strategy, program development, branding, and customer communications.
Prior to this role, Rogers served as chief marketing officer for Walmart China. His responsibilities included leading traditional, digital, and social media efforts for Walmart stores in China as well as for Walmart-branded online-to-offline initiatives. During his two years in China, Rogers focused on driving the day-to-day business while also building a world-class marketing function in the country.
Rogers spent eight years in the Walmart U.S. marketing organization, where he held a variety of roles including senior vice president of marketing and vice president of advertising. He is best known during this time for his work on Walmart's "Save Money. Live Better." rebranding initiative, revamping the company's advertising approach and championing multicultural marketing.
Before joining Walmart, Rogers spent six years in PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division in a number of brand marketing roles on the Tostitos and Doritos brands and also on the Walmart customer team there. Rogers was also a certified public accountant with the accounting firm KPMG.
Rogers holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in business administration in marketing, both from The University of Texas at Austin.
Elaine Agather is chairman of Chase’s Dallas region and serves as the South region head for J.P.Morgan Private Bank. She and her team help clients grow and sustain wealth over multiple generations. They draw on the global resources of JPMorgan Chase to develop wealth management plans tailored to each client’s individual needs.
Agather joined Chemical Bank of New York in 1979, working in London, San Francisco, and New York until she relocated to Dallas in 1984. After the 1986 merger of Chemical and Texas Commerce Bank, she was promoted to chairman of Texas Commerce Bank in Fort Worth in 1992 and joined the Private Bank to manage client advisory groups across the state in 1997. Agather was elected chairman and CEO of Dallas in 1999.
She serves as board member of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Performing Arts Fort Worth, Fossil, the J. F Maddox Foundation, and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Agather serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. She is also a member of the Dallas Citizens Council.
A native of Sherman, Texas, Agather graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics and received her MBA from The University of Texas.
Niloufar Molavi leads PwC’s Global and U.S. Energy practice comprised of over 6,000 professionals serving Global energy clients in the oil and gas industry. She is responsible for all client services – assurance, advisory and tax.
From 2011 to 2016 she served as US vice-chair and the greater Houston market managing partner for the geographic markets of Houston, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and New Orleans. From 2009 to 2011 she served on PwC’s US leadership team as the firm’s chief diversity officer. In that role, she oversaw the firm's diversity strategy and all of its related programs and initiatives. With 25 years of tax experience with PwC, Niloufar has served a wide range of energy companies both in the U.S. and abroad, advising clients on international and U.S. tax structuring, mergers, acquisitions and potential public offerings.
Niloufar served on the firm's national tax Sarbanes-Oxley task force and co-developed the PwC Sarbanes-Oxley 404 tax training program. She also served on the national Tax Accounting Services Task Force and served as the local Houston office tax accounting technical leader. Niloufar also led the Tax International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) efforts for the Energy sector.
Niloufar began her career with PwC in 1991 and was promoted to partner in 2001. She joined the firm’s U.S. leadership team in 2009. She earned a Masters in Professional Accounting with a concentration in taxation from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves on the advisory board of the McCombs School of Business and accounting advisory council at The University of Texas. She serves as the chair of the board of the non-profit board of Dress for Success Houston and Awty International School. She also serves on the non-profit boards of the Alley Theatre, Central Houston, ALPFA, and the Greater Houston Partnership.
In 2017 Niloufar was recognized as one of the 50 most influential women in Houston by Houston Women’s Magazine. The Houston Business Journal has recognized her as one of the Who’s Who in Energy. Consulting Magazine recognized her with a leadership award as one of the Women Leaders in Consulting. The Association for Latinos in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) awarded her with the Executive of the Year in 2012.
Niloufar is a licensed CPA in Texas and resides in Houston with her husband and two children.
Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs at Capital Factory, Austin’s center of gravity for entrepreneurs that provides coworking, mentorship and funding for tech startups.
Baer founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. He was recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow and Braddock Scholar at the Aspen Institute, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations Young Leaders Forum, and an Eisenhower Fellow. He lives in Austin with his wife Amy and three children.