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2017 ED Conference – Archive


February 15 – 16, 2017

AT&T Conference Center
1900 University Avenue • Austin, TX 78705



Directing the Work: Annual Executive Directors’ Conference is co-hosted by Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA). This event brings together leaders of family violence and sexual assault organizations from across the state. It is an opportunity to explore and exchange innovative strategies, best practices, and new trends. Our ultimate goal is to not only provide an exceptional conference experience, but also create an atmosphere in which we promote community among our participants.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Capitol Day
Capitol South Steps and Grounds
1100 Congress Ave • Austin TX, 78701


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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8:00 am Registration Opens
8:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 10:00 am WELCOME & PLENARY

What the……heck in Texas and Nationally

Annette Burrhus-ClayExecutive Director, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Gloria TerryChief Executive Officer, Texas Council on Family Violence
Kim GandyPresident and CEO, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Monika Johnson HostlerPresident, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Complexities swirl all around us, at times further compounded by conflicting information. Hear directly from our state and national leaders, those with a close ear to the ground and who continually collect the best intel. Challenges are in front of us; however we are strongly mobilized and strongly unified. There is no better time to harness the power of purpose we hold to be strategic and tactical with the influence we collectively hold.

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:30 am BREAKOUT SESSIONS I

The Candid Conversation Continues

Kim GandyPresident and CEO, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Monika Johnson HostlerPresident, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

The plenary session may have prompted questions and ideas, come meet with Kim Gandy and Monika Johnson Hostler for a casual, unfiltered conversation. National advocacy is bolstered by hearing of your direct, on the ground experience. Besides these amazing women have expertise in a spectrum of issue areas, bring your questions.

6 Signs Your Organization Could Use a Check-Up

Mark Jones, CAEPresident, enSync Corp.

Organizations thrive when they are committed to continuous improvement. Whether through redeploying personnel, improving processes, or examining outdated business rules, it’s good to periodically examine business processes and identify where training or technology may help your organization. Jones will examine the six signs to assess if your organization should use this check-up and will also address the trends in technology that can help move your agency forward.

The Art of Effective Meetings

Natacha Peláez-WagnerDirector, Texas Victim Service Association

With expanding workloads and limited hours in a workday, meetings can make or break productivity and work flow. Peláez –Wagner will discuss how mastering the art of effective meetings can help you and your organization accomplish more in less time, and provide clear direction for all involved.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm Lunch on Your Own
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm PLENARY

Young Hearts Matter Talk Show

Ellie AmbsBoard Member, Young Hearts Matter Advisory Board
Nicole GrayOutreach Advocate/Case Manager, Focusing Families; Board Member, Young Hearts Matter Advisory Board
Jimmy JamesBoard Member, Young Hearts Matter Advisory Board
Alejandra SaenzBoard Member, Young Hearts Matter Advisory Board

Engaging youth leaders is an effective protective factor to preventing domestic and sexual violence.
Join four leaders of the movement in a conversation as they discuss the impact of youth leadership
programming on Texas youth. Learn ways in which your organization can support and promote the
effort of our youngest activists.

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Break
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS II

Reveal & Reflect: Exploring the Healing Art of Journaling

Vanessa TimmonsExecutive Director, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Assault

We live our stories. Some are delightful, some are challenging, and they all impact our lives in complex and meaningful ways. Timmons will facilitate this interactive workshop in an explorative journey through the stories we carry. Participants will learn neurobiology basics as a healing science, journal exercises , and a journaling technique to support wellness in work, play and life.

#EndtheBacklog: An Austin Case Study for Policy Change at the Local Level

Ana Rodriguez DeFrates, JDNon-profit Consultant
Kristen LenauSARRT Coordinator, SAFE
Amanda LewisCommunity Organizer, SAFE

Community action at the local level is a critical component of social change work. The panelists will provide guidance for bringing about policy change in organizations and communities and will draw from their experience with the #EndtheBacklog initiative in Austin. DeFrates, Lenau, and Lewis will highlight roles played by institutions, city government, and the community and provide an analysis of lessons learned—and discuss next steps.

Power to the People: Crowdfunding & Peer-to-Peer

Taylor ShanklinSenior Manager of Product Marketing, Kimbia

Crowdfunding and online giving events are taking the nonprofit industry by storm. Organizations are raising millions of dollars and engaging thousands of supporters through events and peer-to-peer programs that allow anyone to become a philanthropist. But how exactly do you start a campaign like this? And which campaign is right for your organization? Join Shanklin, Kimbia’s online fundraising guru, to learn the ins and outs of successful crowdfunding.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS III

FLSA Overtime Rule: What Do You Need to Know?

Ann Price, JDAttorney, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.

On December 1, 2017 the new FLSA overtime rule was set to go into effect. With the recent federal court injunction, employers are wondering what comes next. Price will provide the latest information regarding the proposed changes to overtime pay requirements and discuss how non-profits should implement FLSA compliance in the midst of the injunction.

When Vows Become Bonds: Addressing Forced and Child Marriage in Texas

Jeanne Smoot, JDSenior Counsel for Policy and Strategy, Tahirih Justice Center

Each year in Texas, about 2,000 minors including girls under the age of 15 are married to men who are two to three times older. Child brides are confronted with steep odds: higher dropout rates from school, higher likelihood of future poverty, and more medical and mental health problems. Join Smoot for this eye-opening workshop to learn more about forced child marriage, needed legal reforms and how you can help survivors and individuals at risk.

Leveraging Project Management for Success

Trevor Mitchell, CAESenior Director of Membership and Strategy, America Mensa

Project management strategies that improve cost-effectiveness and project results can be particularly important for non-profit organizations needing to stretch limited resources. Mitchell will explore the fundamental principles of project management that every executive should know and how to put the information to use for your organization. Join Mitchell as he discusses buy-in, how project management serves as a tool for organizational prioritization and the skills needed to implement it successfully.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

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9:00 am – 10:30 am SPECIAL SESSIONS

New Executive Director Roundtable • Non-profit Compliance: Keeping It Legal

D’Ann Johnson, JDDirector, Texas C-Bar/TRLA

Open to new executive directors with 3 years or less tenure.
This is a great opportunity to meet other executive directors with similar experiences. Johnson will cover
legal issues relating to corporate governance and compliance and provide an overview of state and
federal laws covering nonprofits, insurance protection, legal implications of fundraising, and lobbying.

TAASA Stand Alone Sexual Assault Program Meeting


The Real Cost of a Cupcake: Legal Issues in Fundraising

Andrea March, JDAttorney, Texas C-Bar/TRLA

Open to all attendees.
From bake sales to Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, nonprofit staff and board members rely on creative
methods to raise funds. However, numerous legal issues complicate nonprofit fundraising, including
gambling laws, requirements for acknowledging donations, and determining the value of in-kind
donations. March will discuss the state and federal laws that impact solicitation, special events, and
special categories of donations.

10:30 am Brunch served
11:30 am – 12:45 pm BRUNCH & KEYNOTE

The Power to Connect: Live a Life of Influence and Meaning

JJ Colburn, CAE, Executive Director, Association for the Gifted and Talented

Have you ever been amazed by the capacity of some to be a compelling force and seemingly affect the actions and opinions of others? This ability to connect is based on practiced skill and you can learn to deepen your own authentic influence and share your passion more effectively. Discover simple tools necessary to reach your potential to build strong connections and live a life of meaning. Drawing from the work of thought leaders and authors like Simon Sinek, Tim Sanders and Daniel Pink, you can increase your effectiveness and achieve more success by understanding the specific human qualities necessary
to influence others.

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm CLOSING

Annette Burrhus-ClayExecutive Director, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Gloria TerryChief Executive Officer, Texas Council on Family Violence

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PANEL for HHSC-Funded Programs

Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Contracting and Program Updates

Laurie ShannonManager, HHSC Family Violence Program
Crystal StarkeyProgram & Policy Lead, HHSC Family Violence Program

This panel is for HHSC-funded family violence programs. Shannon and Starkey will provide information
on the HHSC reorganization, the FY 18 contracting process, and upcoming program projects. Participants
will join their HHSC FVP Contract managers in workgroups to discuss contract management related



Keynote Speaker

Colburn_JJ_headshot_webJJ Colburn
Colburn is the executive director of the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, a 3,000 member statewide association dedicated to meeting the unique needs of gifted and talented learners. He is currently the chairman of the board of directors of the Texas Society of Association Executives. He also serves as a director in the Texas Lyceum, chairs the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science Advisory Board, and serves on the Texas Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council for gifted education. He is conferred by American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as a Certified Association Executive and was selected as Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar with ASAE. Colburn has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in educational psychology, both from The University of Texas at Austin.


Plenary Speakers

Gandy_Kim_headshot_webKim Gandy
Gandy is president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Throughout four decades of leadership and advocacy, she has been profoundly committed to ensuring that women have the opportunity to lead healthy lives in safety and prosperity. Gandy previously served as president of the National Organization for Women from 2001 to 2009, as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and as vice president and general counsel of the Feminist Majority Foundation.


Johnson-Hostler_Monika_headshotMonika Johnson Hostler
Johnson Hostler is the executive director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). She is also the president of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, where she leads the national policy voice in Washington, DC on behalf of 56 state and territorial sexual assault coalitions. For twenty years, Johnson Hostler has provided leadership in the anti-sexual violence field at the local, state, and national levels. Most recently she began her work abroad as a policy and program consultant to the Ministry of Gender Development for the Liberian government.


Ambs_Ellie_headshot_webEllie Ambs
Ambs is a member of the TCFV Youth Advisory Board and high school student.  She is a true Texan and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people. Serving as president of the Team Policy Debate program, Ambs collaborates with the adult leadership board to plan and teach weekly classes. She competes as a level 10 USAG gymnast and plans to pursue a business marketing degree at Texas Women’s University when she graduates high school.


Gray_Nikki_headshot_webNikki Gray
Gray is a member of the TCFV Youth Advisory Board and employee of Focusing Families. She is a passionate advocate for young people and has worked in the field of social justice since she was 15 years old. Prior to her employment, Gray volunteered with Focusing Families’ primary prevention team. She was awarded the first TCFV Teen Advocate of the Year award in 2014.


James_Jimmy_headshot_webJimmy James
James is a member of the TCFV Youth Advisory Board and a sophomore at the University of Houston. He is pursuing a degree in business management with a focus on hospitality management while also general manager of Wingstop. James recently launched his own domestic violence nonprofit organization, Youth Against Domestic Violence, Inc.


Saenz_Alejandra_headshot_webAlejandra Saenz
Saenz is a member of the TCFV Youth Advisory Board and  a senior at Del Valle High School. She manifests her passion for domestic violence prevention through art and discussion and has used her role within The Changing Lives Youth Theatre ensemble as her main vehicle to foster productive discussions about domestic violence for the last four years.



Registration Rates

Early Registration Rates (ends January 12, 2017)
$160: TCFV or TAASA Member
$180: Non-member

Multiple Ticket Discount
$150 per ticket when you register three (3) or more staff from the same program.

Regular Registration Rates (after January 12, 2017)
$175: TCFV or TAASA Member
$195: Non-member

Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations received by February 6, 2017 will receive a refund, minus a 25% processing fee. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable.


AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue | Austin, TX 78705


  • Self Parking
    • Attached underground garage entrance is on 20th St, just west of University Ave | Guidance photos
    • 8-24 hours: $18
    • Overnight guests may obtain a parking card at the front desk for $18/night.
  • Valet Parking
    • Valet parking at hotel entrance on University Ave.
    • Overnight: $25 plus tax
    • Day: $15

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Conference or educational sessions:

Rita Flores
Training & TA Manager

Registration or lodging:

Crystal Tabony
Administrative Specialist


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