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In accordance to the extended disaster declaration approved by City Council on May 18, 2020, the MCL Grand will remain closed through Monday, June 1. The MCL Grand staff is working with event presenters to reschedule events. For additional information please call 972.219.8446 or email info@mclgrand.com.

Lewisville Talks - City Speaker Series

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The Lewisville Talks – City Speaker Series brings national influencers to Lewisville to discuss current events, trends, and ideas that can enrich our lives and create a discussion forum for the future of communities, residents, and community leaders.
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The Lager Queen of Minnesota with J. Ryan Stradal
Rescheduled date: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020*
7 p.m.

The City of Lewisville continues its Lewisville Talks – City Speaker Series with an engaging presentation featuring J. Ryan Stradal.

J. Ryan Stradal is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author. In his most recent novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, Stradel focuses on capturing the complexities of the strong midwestern woman. Join in an intimate conversation as he discusses his career as an author as well as a TV producer and contributing writer to many publications such as Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.

Concessions will be available for purchase in the lobby of the MCL Grand.

Ticket prices:
  • General Admission Seating: $15 Adults, $5 Students (available for will-call pick-up only, IDs will be checked at the event)
  • $10 Lewisville resident tickets can be purchased in person at MCL Grand during normal business hours. Must show valid driver’s license or utility bill to validate residency.
  • Sales tax included in ticket price.

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* This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at 7 p.m. All previously purchased tickets will be valid for the new date. Ticket holders who cannot attend the rescheduled event may request a refund by emailing info@mclgrand.com (preferred) or by leaving a voicemail at 972.219.8446 with your name, phone number, and the event name. While we intend to process refunds as quickly as possible, please note that there may be a delay in fulfilling these requests until normal operations resume. This event was originally scheduled for May 7, 2020.


Brown, Sandra 2017 colorSandra Brown
New York Times Bestselling Author
Rescheduled date: Thursday, Oct. 15*
7 p.m.

Sandra Brown is the author of 71 New York Times bestsellers, including Outfox, Tailspin, Seeing Red, Sting, Mean Streak, Friction, Deadline, and Rainwater.

Writing professionally since 1981, Brown has published over 80 novels and has upwards of 80 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her work has been translated into 34 languages.

Her episode on truTV’s “Murder by the Book” premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery’s series, “Hardcover Mysteries.” Television movies have been made of her novels French Silk, Smoke Screen, Ricochet, and White Hot.

Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University, where she and her husband Michael Brown, have instituted the ELF, a scholarship awarded annually. She has served as president of Mystery Writers of America, and in 2008 she was named ThrillerMaster, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other honors include the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has gone on two USO tours, to Afghanistan in 2011, and to Guantanamo, Cuba in 2017.

Concessions will be available for purchase in the lobby of the MCL Grand.

Ticket prices:

  • Reserved Seating: $15 Adults, $5 Students (available for will-call pick-up only, IDs will be checked at the event)
  • $10 Lewisville resident tickets can be purchased in person at MCL Grand during normal business hours. Must show valid driver’s license or utility bill to validate residency.
  • Sales tax included in ticket price.

BuyTicketsWebButton

* This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at 7 p.m. All previously purchased tickets will be valid for the new date. Ticket holders who cannot attend the rescheduled event may request a refund by emailing info@mclgrand.com (preferred) or by leaving a voicemail at 972.219.8446 with your name, phone number, and the event name. While we intend to process refunds as quickly as possible, please note that there may be a delay in fulfilling these requests until normal operations resume. This event was originally scheduled for April 8, 2020.

Past speakers

Brent Gleeson

Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa and other combat theaters. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Gleeson turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, best-selling author, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership and building high-performance teams to culture and organizational transformation. Gleeson has won awards for business leadership and was named one of the “Top 10 CEOs” in Entrepreneur Magazine’s October 2013 issue for his exemplary approach to building high-performance teams in business. 

Tom Luce

Informed by decades of public policy experience at the local, state, and national level, in 2016 Luce founded Texas 2036 amid growing concern that without careful consideration, planning, and decision-making regarding the future, the tremendous opportunities Texas offers may not exist for future generations. Texas 2036 uses data, research, and leading expertise to enable Texans to make informed decisions with the goal of ensuring Texas continues to be the best place to live and do business through its bicentennial in 2036 and beyond.

Luce received his undergraduate and law degree from Southern Methodist University and was the founding and managing partner of the Hughes and Luce law firm. His public service in Texas was distinguished by gubernatorial and legislative appointments to major state positions including Chief Justice of the Supreme Court pro tempore, member of the Sunset Commission, Superconducting Super Collider Commission, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute, Texas Commission on Judiciary, Chief of Staff of the Select Committee on Public Education, and Education Commission of the States. On the national level, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Education by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate and appointed to The Library of Congress Board by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Luce has also founded and lead numerous nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving the needs of others including Texas Business and Education Coalition, Just for the Kids, Data Quality Campaign, National Center for Educational Accountability, National Math and Science Initiative, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and was a founding member of the Board of the Episcopal School of Dallas.

Anousheh Ansari

Entrepreneur and first female private space explorer Anousheh Ansari will be the featured speaker for the next Lewisville Talks- City Speakers Series event on Jan. 30 with her talk titled “Reaching for the Stars.”
On September 18, 2006, Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Ansari earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. Ansari is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a technology company working to unleash the power of the Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify consumer’s digital living experience. She currently works to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally, with organizations such as X Prize, ASHOKA and the PARSA Community Foundation, and through her public talks.