Monthly Branch Program September, 2014

September 13 (Saturday), 10:00 AM“Carole Keeton’s Perspective on Austin” – Carole Keeton was our featured speaker at the Norris Center, Northcross Mall, 2525 W Anderson Lane, Suite 540.

Lyne Cooksey & Carole Keeton

Lynn Cooksey & Carole Keeton, September 13th, 2014

Carole Keeton, formerly known as Carole Keeton Strayhorn, is the daughter of Page Keeton, former Dean of the UT Law School. Carole described how being mayor of Austin shaped her leadership skills and provided the framework for a long list of firsts as a woman in public service. She is notable for several “firsts” in Austin and Texas politics:  the first woman elected as mayor of Austin and the first Austin mayor elected to three consecutive terms, the first woman elected to the Texas Railroad Commission, the first woman elected as state Comptroller, the first woman to serve as president of the Austin school board and as president of the Austin Community College board.

(LtoR) Lynn Cooksey, Carole Keeton, Anita Knight, Diane Brewer, September 13th, 2014

Austin branch member Lynn Cooksey, whose husband was also mayor of Austin, has known Carole for over 50 years and invited Carole to join us for our first meeting of the 2014-15 program year. We celebrated Carole’s 75th birthday which just happened to be September 13.

“The people, not professional politicians, know best.”
  ~ Carole Keeton quote