Chambers Talks - Houston 2019

Chambers Talks are an opportunity to listen to leaders within the community give their thoughts on the most important factors impacting the market.

Those in attendance will be hearing from Laura Goldberg, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Communications at the Center for Houston's Future and Seepan V. Parseghian, an Associate at Beck Redden LLP. 

About the session

Chambers Talks - Part 1: Visions for Houston: economic diversity, immigration and a low-carbon hub

Laura Goldberg, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Communications, Center for Houston's Future

Laura will speak on the Center’s efforts to identify and address the most important long-range issues facing the region:

• Given the recent decline in energy sector jobs over the past five years, the Houston region’s long-term trend of economic outperformance has been disrupted, raising the issue of whether the existing ‘Houston growth model’ should be re-examined. Laura will present key findings from a Center study conducted last year in collaboration with KPMG that used economic modeling to investigate the question: to what extent does Houston need to diversify to maintain an outperforming economy?
• Laura will also share conclusions from the Center’s recently published report, Houston’s Economic Future: Immigration. Historically, Houston has depended on both domestic and international immigration to meet its need for workers, and growth in Houston’s foreign-born population over the next 20 years is projected to be among the highest in the nation. The report details the importance of immigration to the Houston economy and models how curtailing or boosting immigration would affect the region’s economy in the year 2036.
• As the world begins transitioning to a lower-carbon economy, the Center is exploring how to leverage the region’s expertise in energy to position Houston as a leader in developing low carbon solutions. Laura will detail the Center’s New Energy initiative and share findings from the Houston Low-Carbon Energy Summit held June 6.

Chambers Talks - Part 2: HTX 2.0: A Path Forward for Houston's Startup Ecosystem

Seepan V. Parseghian, Associate, Beck Redden LLP

As one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the U.S., Houston is home to 21 Fortune 500 companies and plays a prominent role in international energy markets and the health care sector. Together with NASA and world-class research institutions, Houston possesses the ingredients to position itself at the forefront of the information technology era. Yet, America’s fourth-largest city has thus far been unable to leverage its strengths to develop a startup ecosystem on par with other metropolitan hubs like the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Boston. In this talk, Seepan will explore the challenges that Houston faces, the progress it has made, and the work that needs to be done to create a sustainable startup ecosystem in Space City.

About our Speakers: 

Laura Goldberg
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Communications
Center for Houston's Future

The Center for Houston’s Future vision is to advance the region as a top global community in which to work and live. Laura Goldberg joined Center for Houston’s Future in January as vice president of strategic initiatives and communications. She spent the previous 20 years at the Houston Chronicle, including time as a reporter covering airlines and then energy. She was business editor for 13 years and as a senior editor, she worked on a range of special digital and print products. A Chicago native, she has a journalism degree from Northwestern University. She follows baseball closely and recently became certified in the practice of strategic foresight.

Seepan V. Parseghian
Beck Redden LLP

Seepan is an attorney at Beck Redden, where he focuses his practice in commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes. His IP experience includes litigating claims of patent infringement, trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and enforcement of licensing agreements, and has advised clients ranging from early-stage startups in the former Soviet Union to Silicon Valley unicorns. Outside the courtroom, Seepan maintains leadership positions in the Houston community, serving as Vice Chair of the International Law Section of the Houston Bar Association and President of the Stanford Alumni Club of Houston. He is also a Fellow of the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation. Beyond Houston, Seepan participated in a U.S. Department of Defense observation mission to the 9/11 Military Commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and served as a law clerk to the presiding judge of the UN Rwanda Genocide Tribunal.