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Dr. Octavio Martinez to keynote 2014 Business Leadership Week

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
February 3, 2014

Octavio Martinez

Octavio Martinez

Dr. Octavio Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, will keynote the McCoy College of Business Administration's annual Business Leadership Week Feb. 17-21 at Texas State University.

This year’s theme, in conjunction with the Common Experience program at Texas State, is "Mental Health in the Workplace: It’s good for business." The week is designed to engage the students, faculty and staff of Texas State and the local community in conversations and learning about the Common Experience and business leadership ideas that extend beyond textbooks and classrooms. Events will engage participants on the topic of mental health and the implications it has on business practices and decisions.

Martinez will present his keynote address 3:30 p.m., Feb. 20 in McCoy Hall, room 119. A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Martinez is the fifth executive director and the first Hispanic to lead the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since its creation in 1940. As chief executive officer, he oversees the vision, mission, goals, strategic planning and day-to-day operations of the foundation. He is an associate vice president of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and a clinical professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas and is also an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

In addition to the keynote address, Brian East will present a distinguished lecture 11 a.m. Feb. 17 in McCoy Hall, room 119. As the senior attorney for Disability Rights Texas, East handles disability-discrimination and disability-rights cases in both state and federal courts. He is currently a board member of both the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Texas Employment Lawyers Association. He has previously served as chair of NELA’s Disability Rights Committee and on the legal committees of the National Disability Rights Network.

Started in 2009, Business Leadership Week is a signature event for McCoy College. Business Leadership Week engages the students and faculty of Texas State and the local community in conversations and learning about the Common Experience and business leadership ideas that extend beyond textbooks and classrooms by offering guest lectures, interactive events and contests, and forums for discussion.

For more information, visit the Business Leadership Week website at http://advising.mccoy.txstate.edu/prodev/businessleadership/2014.html, or contact Brittany Chrisman in the McCoy College Academic Advising Center at (512) 245-1993 or via email at bsc29@txstate.edu.