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NBA All Star Chris Bosh and Executive Editor Mike Allen. Photo: William Philpott for Axios

Friday morning, UT students from a diverse array of majors and backgrounds joined Axios' Mike Allen on campus for lunch, networking and a series of conversations on the Future of Work.

Why it mattered: The students heard from thought leaders in business, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to learn how these industries are changing and how soon-to-be college grads can succeed within these evolving landscapes.

American Airlines Chairman & CEO Doug Parker
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen. Photo: William Philpott for Axios

Parker discussed the tough decision-making that comes along with being the head of the world's largest airline.

  • The decision not to fly children separated from their families at the border. “We fly over walls and borders to bring people together. We don’t separate people. ... It didn’t take long until we told the U.S. government we don’t want to be a part of that."
  • Shifting mindsets to stay profitable."We have to lead differently. In the old days, we focused on surviving the next 12 months. Now, we have the luxury of thinking long term. It changes the mentality of the entire firm."
NBA All Star Chris Bosh
NBA All Star Chris Bosh and Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen. Photo: William Philpott for Axios

Bosh spoke about the importance of coding and imparted advice on how to deal with life-changing events — speaking from the health issues that pulled him out of the NBA.

  • The power of coding. "If you [learn to code], that's a skill that you can use and it makes you even more valuable than you are now."
  • How to push forward. "Things will happen that are out of your control, but the one thing you can control is your attitude."
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Chief Information Officer Lori Beer
JPMorgan Chase & Co. CIO Lori Beer and Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen. Photo: William Philpott for Axios

As a leader within an institutionalized industry and company, she explained show JPMorgan Chase & Co. continues to innovate across departments.

  • Artificial Intelligence today. "When we say AI driven, it’s not just applying technology solutions and applying machine learning, it’s really about how we embed technology into the services we’re creating."
  • Artificial Intelligence tomorrow. "AI opens a whole new world to solve problems. Successful people will use creativity with AI to solve business problems."
DOSH Founder & CEO Ryan Wuerch and EverlyWell Founder & CEO Julia Cheek
DOSH CEO Ryan Wuerch, EverlyWell CEO Julia Cheek and Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen. Photo: William Philpott for Axios

As the heads of two successful Austin-based companies, Wuerch and Cheek gave students an insight into startup life and the excitement that comes with entrepreneurship.

  • What makes the difference, according to Cheek. "The difference between success and failure is that you have to be able to analyze quickly and make a decision. You can't be paralyzed by ambiguity."
  • What hindsight can teach you, according to Wuerch. "Looking back, if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have changed the energy I put in every day for wanting to win and achieve great things, but I would have stopped and figured out who I am — truly understanding my core values."
A handful of UT students participated in a post-event meet and greet with our speakers.

Go deeper: Watch the full conversations.

Next stop on the Smarter Faster Revolution ... UCLA. See you there!

Thank you JPMorgan Chase & Co. for sponsoring this event.

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About 20% of U.S. adults have received first vaccine dose, White House says

Joe Biden speaks during an event commemorating the 50 million COVID-19 vaccine shots. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

Nearly 1 in 5 adults and nearly half of Americans 65 and older have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, White House senior adviser Andy Slavitt said on Friday.

The big picture: The Biden administration has previously said it has secured enough doses to vaccinate most of the American population by the end of July.

U.S. releases report finding Saudi prince approved Khashoggi operation

Photo: Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released an unclassified report assessing that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) approved the operation to "capture or kill" Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Why it matters: The grisly October 2018 murder of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul sparked worldwide outrage and calls for the U.S. to fundamentally reevaluate its relationship with the Gulf kingdom.

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