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2018 ED Conference – Archive

February 12 – 13, 2018
Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
123 Losoya St • San Antonio, TX 78205




Registration Closed

Registration Rates

Early Registration Rates (ends January 12, 2018)
$195: TCFV or TAASA Member
$215: 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, 2018)
$210: TCFV or TAASA Member
$230: Non-member

Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations received by February 5, 2018 will receive a refund, minus a 25% processing fee. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable.


Monday, February 12, 2018

View Monday
8:30 am – 9:45 am

New Executive Directors’ Roundtable

You may have heard the phrase: “Its lonely at the top”, but does it have to be?  The New Executive Directors’ Roundtable offers an opportunity for executive directors under 3 years of tenure to network, exchange ideas, and learn new skills with new executives who are facing many of the same scenarios and conditions as you. This event is one of many where TCFV and TAASA work to ensure as a new executive you have:

  • An opportunity to build supportive relationships with peers
  • Support for making positive change within your organization
  • Tips for tackling work-day challenges

Complimentary breakfast for registered participants 

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Plenary 1

Thriving Under “Fake News”: Current Affairs and their Impact on the Movement
Matthew Dowd, Chief Political Analyst ABC News
The political climate and legislative arena emerging from the White House have sparked questions and concerns from organizations that heavily rely on government funds to serve their communities: What is our strongest strength and our greatest weakness under this administration?  What part of our society is best positioned to leverage change?  Join us for a unique opportunity where, nationally renowned political analyst Matthew Dowd, will share his thought-provoking commentary on these and other relevant topics that impact our movement.

11:15 am – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Breakout Sessions A

Breakout 1: Counseling Income: The Fundamentals of Billing and Credentialing
Ann Robison, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Montrose Center
Participants will learn the basics of insurance plan contracting, credentialing counselors on networks, verifying client insurance, and billing. Information on important resources will be shared.

Breakout 2: Embracing Diversity and Creating Inclusion
Melissa Quintela, Faculty, Western Governors University
Cultural competency, or the skill of being well-versed in many cultures, is especially important for those working with DV and SA survivors. Cultural relativism allows one to understand a culture on its own terms, including norms of relating to each other, and roles within a relationship. In this interactive workshop, we will question the cultures deeply embedded within us while seeking to understand a variety of lifestyles and family structures. We will apply this personal reflection to the practices within our organizations. Please come prepared to share and listen in a respectful and safe atmosphere and to address ways of effectively supporting survivors.

Breakout 3: New Legal Strategies for A Changing Workforce: What Nonprofits Need to Know
Norma Guzman, Enforcement Manager, U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
Big issues in our society are becoming even bigger issues in our workplaces: gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, sexual harassment, and more.  Times are changing and new case law is emerging.  The U.S. EEOC, the agency that enforces the federal workplace discrimination laws, is addressing many of these changes through new guidance and a new Strategic Enforcement Plan.  What positions is the EEOC taking that may affect how nonprofits hire, how they accommodate their employees’ disabilities and religious beliefs, and how they manage their staffs?  Hear directly from the agency in this practical and interactive workshop.

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on Your Own or Register to Attend an Optional Educational Event 

Lunch & Learn – Confidentiality & Privilege: What Executive Directors Need to Know
Alexandra Cantrell, Policy Coordinator, Texas  Council on Family Violence
Chris Kaiser, Director of Public Policy / General Counsel, Texas  Association Against Sexual Assault
Liz Boyce,  Director of Training / Staff Attorney, Texas  Association Against Sexual Assault
For agencies working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, maintaining confidentiality and understanding privilege is key to assuring agency practices that account for safety.  On September 1, 2017, HB 3649 became law, creating a new privilege in the Family Code between victims of family violence and advocates working in family violence and dual programs. In this session, we will explore the breadth and depth of this privilege, including all relevant exceptions, and highlight how programs can examine and assess their agency practice, review any lessons learned from the field so far, and provide strategies for communicating with community stakeholders on this issue. 
Complimentary lunch for registered participants. 

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Plenary 2

From Sun Salutations to Tequila Sunrises: Creating Agencies that Support Self-Care
Monica L. Urbaniak, LMFT-S, Consultant
Life is busy. Work is hectic. Our attention and energy is needed almost everywhere we turn. It’s exhausting, to say the least! We know if we really want to make a difference, we have to create space to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others. So let’s get real. . . are we really taking time to turn off and tune out in a meaningful way? Let’s dialogue about a modern definition of self-care and the full spectrum of actions that we can take to reclaim our sense of self as we work against systems of oppression and advocate for survivors and how as leaders we can create this space for the staff we work alongside.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions B

Breakout 4: Crisis Communication: Planning for the Inevitable
Penny Crow, President and CEO, RHIA
We can’t prevent crises, but we can prepare for them! Crises come in all sizes and shapes. Every organization is vulnerable to unforeseen emergencies. How we communicate in those times is absolutely critical: what you say or don’t say can become part of the crisis. In this interactive breakout session, learn to recognize if and when your organization is at risk, explore the three phases of crisis management and develop key effective strategies to manage crisis scenarios and communications. You will leave with an assessment of your current crisis management plan, clarity and tools to proactively prepare.

Breakout 5: Creating Your Prevention Dream Team
Jemm Corona-Morris, Prevention Educator, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Kiara Nicholson, Prevention Educator, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Marla Johnson,  Executive Director, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Eric May,  Director of Prevention Services, SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Fiona Smith,  Primary Prevention Director, Noah Project, Inc.
Creating the “ideal” prevention team can be a challenge for many agencies due to high turnover. The goal of this session is to share how Prevention programs around the State have created a strong and sustainable prevention education team that is a key part of the agency’s mission to end violence in their communities. This session will also detail how sustainable prevention education programming is linked to the agency’s community engagement and fundraising.

Breakout  6: Unleashing Passion and Turning Your Staff/Board/Volunteers/Donors into Ambassadors
Kate Edwards, Vice President of Communications & Marketing, Burnam & Gray, LLC
If you were asked by a stranger, “Why do you care about your cause?” and you had no more than one minute to eloquently state your unwavering passion and commitment to your organization, what would you say? Do you have a “passion pitch” that is personal to you? Let’s move past cookie cutter elevator speeches and communicate the heart of why we care about our organizations. It only by sharing passion (coupled with impact and need) that you begin to successfully market your organization. Your staff, board, volunteers and donors can be your best ambassadors, when they too have a passion pitch. Come craft it!

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

TCFV Membership Event

Come relax to live music, refuel with light refreshments and enjoy a fun drawing! Make a new friend or hug your old ones from across our great state. Be wowed as Las Coronelas, an all-female mariachi band, plays! Being a member of TCFV means you’ll always have support and camaraderie. Learn how to get the most out of your benefits and everything that’s going on with membership for 2018. Your coalition is here for you. Non-members and members-to-be are welcome—join us!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

View Tuesday
9:00 am – 10:15 am

Breakout Sessions C

Breakout 7: Intimate Partner Violence and Brain Trauma: A New Approach
Joshua Brown, LCSW, BCN, Director of Special Initiatives and Community Education,Fort Bend Women’s Center
Abeer Monem, Chief Programs Officer, Fort Bend County Women’s Center 
Recent research in the field of Intimate Partner Violence and neurology has demonstrated a link between abuse, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and physiological changes in the brain caused by trauma and sleep deprivation. These brain changes have led to multiple obstacles for victims seeking safety and stability. Fort Bend Women’s Center staff will address the impact to the brain from TBIs, emotional trauma, and sleep deprivation and related consequences. This will be followed by a brief explanation of neurofeedback (including a live demonstration), relevant implications, and practical tips for IPV advocates. Finally, there will be a discussion of Fort Bend’s program model, the evaluation process used, and outcomes thus far.

Breakout 8: Succession Planning with an Anti-Oppression Framework
Tracy D. Wright, Technical Assistance Provider and Women of Color Leadership Project Coordinator, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
This interactive workshop will address and explore how succession planning can be integrated into the work of sexual assault and domestic violence agencies as staff and leadership transitions emerge.  We will also explore the need to incorporate an anti-oppression framework in succession planning—and will provide strategies—to strengthen and sustain the Anti-Violence movement.

Breakout 9: When Your Organization Hurts: Organizational Trauma and Resiliency
Michelle Dixon-Wall, Resource Sharing Project Coordinator, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
Trauma can affect organizations just as it affects individuals, families, and communities.  Just as silence and lack of understanding about trauma hurt individuals, so too does it hurt organizations. In this workshop, we will discuss symptoms and sources of organizational trauma as well as protective factors to mitigate the impact and promote healing.

10:30 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Creating a “Yes, And” Culture of High-Level Performance & Engagement
Galen Emanuele, President, Shift Yes
Galen’s captivating presentations transform the way attendees show up and interact with everyone in
their life and business. Participants gain the ability to implement the improv concept of “Yes, And” to
strengthen communication, heighten leadership, and create a team culture of high-level performance
and engagement. Galen’s interactive content has participants laughing and learning as they enjoy this
unforgettable experience and gain actionable skills to permanently transform the way they contribute to
the organization and lead their teams.

1:00 pm Closing Reception


Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
123 Losoya St • San Antonio, TX 78205

Reserve your lodging now!

  • Room block closes January 19, 2018.
  • Pre-tax Rates (by occupancy)
    • $121.00: Single
    • $121.00: Double
    • $146.00: Triple
    • $171.00: Quadruple
  • All rates include internet.


  • Conference attendees receive a 25% discount off the prevailing parking price.


Matthew Dowd
Chief Political Analyst ABC News

As a bestselling author interpreting change in America and the globe, Dowd is out with a groundbreaking book on leadership in this disruptive and crucial moment titled A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve. Serving as chief political analyst for ABC News, Dowd regularly brings his insights on cultural, economic and spiritual trends to Good Morning America, Nightline, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos providing a common sense perspective. Dowd has worked both sides of the aisle serving Presidents, Governors, and Senators, but now considers himself a vehement independent. For his innovative political work, he was awarded Strategist of the Year by the bipartisan American Association of Political Consultants. His plea for our politics today is for leaders put Country over Party which he started an online community to encourage this approach. Dowd’s most recent startup is a venture firm, Paradox Capital, investing in early stage locally driven for profit, for good businesses. His desire is to bridge capitalism and social consciousness to help bring solutions to our communities. Over the years Dowd has given advice to Bono and the One campaign, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the NBA. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication and has taught seminars at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, and The University of Texas at Austin. Dowd lives in Wimberley, Texas and is the proud father of three sons and a beautiful daughter

Galen Emanuele
President, Shift Yes

International speaker Galen Emanuele works with teams and organizations around the globe including Fortune 500’s such as Microsoft, CBRE, Expedia, and Shell, redefining the way people interact and communicate in business. Galen is an expert in human behavior with more than 18 years in sales, marketing, and business leadership. He is also a world-class improviser, having performed and taught improv for over 12 years including touring with improv legend Ryan Stiles, and the cast from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Monica Urbaniak

Monica L. Urbaniak is a consultant, trainer, and clinician with over eighteen years of experience serving survivors of trauma. Monica also dedicates her time to training clinicians, advocates, and community members on issues related to sexual violence as well as a community advocate and activist for the rights of sexual assault survivors.  In 2014, Monica was awarded The Profiles in Leadership Award at the Southern Methodist University Women’s Symposium for her significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life for women overall.



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.


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Event Planner

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