IC19 Award Dinner

On February 21st at 6:00 PM

Join the World Affairs Council of San Antonio in celebrating The Honorable Phil Hardberger during the Council’s 2019 International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner! The organization returns to the beautiful Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum for another memorable night. This event is sure to sell out!

Speaker The Honorable Phil Hardberger

Honoree

Phil Hardberger is a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas. He took office in June 2005 through May 2009.

During Phil’s tenure as San Antonio Mayor, he carried an approval rating of 86 percent, captured 77 percent of the vote during his re-election and succeeded in extending the mayoral term limits. As mayor, Hardberger helped transform thousands of lives with the launch of Haven for Hope, extended the San Antonio River Walk, with completion of the Museum Reach, celebrated the opening of Toyota’s assembly plant in San Antonio, and was one of the first mayors to provide assistance to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. In recognition of his leadership and foresight in championing quality of life projects, the City of San Antonio changed the name of Voelcker Farm to Phil Hardberger Park, a 311-acre nature and fitness-oriented park that includes hiking trails, dog parks, picnic areas, basketball courts, multi-use fields and a savannah restoration project.

Hardberger was born in Morton, the seat of Cochran County in West Texas. He graduated from Baylor University. After Baylor, Hardberger was a captain in the United States Air Force and piloted the B-47 bomber. His civilian career began in Washington, D.C., where he was executive secretary of the Peace Corps and then assistant director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. After marrying his wife, Linda, and after several years of private law practice, he was appointed Associate Judge and then Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals. Currently, Hardberger provides counsel to the firm of Dykema in its Litigation, Appellate, Public Law, and Economic Development practices.

He is an author, a mountain climber, a pilot, a sports car racer and a sailor both racing and cruising. Internationally, he had assignments in 11 countries during his Peace Corps days and at other times in his life has visited or worked in 47 additional countries. France awarded him the Legion of Merit, thus making him a French knight, for recreating the Charles Lindburgh flight from New York to Paris, solo in a single engine plane, on the 50th anniversary of that historic flight.

He is a member of many professional and civic organizations, including the World Affairs Council of San Antonio since our inception in 1982, and has been honored with numerous awards and accolades.

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Speaker Mara Liasson

Keynote Speaker

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. From 1989-1992 Liasson was NPR’s congressional correspondent.

Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster. From September 1988 to June 1989 she took a leave of absence from NPR to attend Columbia University in New York as a recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

Prior to joining NPR, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American history.

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