Leadership San Antonio raps up their year with a class surrounding technology!


Leadership San Antonio 42 had their final class day Wednesday, September 13th centered around technology.  The class looked at different aspects of technology as it relates to the economy, business, education, and entertainment.  The day started at Geekdom with Lorenzo Gomez, CEO of Geekdom, and Graham Weston, former CEO of Racksapce and current Chairman of the Board for the 80/20 Foundation.   Afterwards, the class took a tour of the brand new CAST Tech High School with Principal Melissa Alcala.  CAST Tech is in it’s very first year of providing a technology basis curriculum to students on the jobs of tomorrow.  The time at CAST Tech included a “Women in Tech” panel with Marina Alderete Gavito, Strategic Innovation Office, USAA, Debra Innocenti, Partner at Innocenti Jones, Dr. JoAnn Browning, Dean at the UTSA College of Engineering, and Kay Jones, CEO of Code Up. 

 The class went off to the Tobin Center to learn how technology has allowed the Tobin Center to become a primer entrainment venue in the city.  While at the Tobin, Mayor Ron Nirenberg was able to use technology to do a Live Stream with the class and answer questions from the class.  The classed boarded the bus again and headed off to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to see how research in technology is changing the economy.  At SwRI the class was able to ride in fully autonomous cars, a first for almost everyone.  The cars took the class around a track while a SwRI employee explained how this new technology is changing the automobile industry. 

 The day concluded back at Geekdom with Sen. Jose Menendez providing closing remarks on who technology is providing a platform for more citizen involvement and activism.