February 3 & 4, 2020 | Austin, TX


Feb 3 | Mon

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Morning Yoga

10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Registration

11:00 am – 12:30 pm | New ED Roundtable

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Welcome

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Opening Plenary: Essentials of Effective Leadership by Dr. Jeremi Suri

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm | Break

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm | Breakouts

4:00 pm – 4: 15 pm | Break

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm | Breakouts

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Membership Event


Feb 4 | Tue

7:30 am – 12:00 pm | Registration

7:45 am – 8:45 am | Specialized Meetings

7:30 am – 9:00 am | Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:30 am | Welcome

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Plenary: Board Diversity Matters by Antionette Kerr

10:30 am – 10:45 am | Break

10:45 am – 12:00 am | Breakouts

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm | Break

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm | Lunch

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm | Recognitions

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm | Plenary Introduction

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Close Plenary: Erika Prosper Nirenberg

2:00 pm | Adjourn Conference



 | Plenary

Antionette Kerr

Antionette Kerr is a nonprofit leader, media correspondent and lover of poetry. After a decade of serving as an executive director, her dedication to NC nonprofits led to being honored as the youngest recipient of the Z. Smith Reynolds Sabbatical for nonprofit leaders and currently serves on their sabbatical selection committee. Antionette’s passion for storytelling led her back into the world of journalism, consulting, training and publishing where she earned the inaugural Innovative Leaders Scholarship for the Yale University Magazine Publishing Course. Antionette is the co-founder and CEO of Bold & Bright Media, a book publishing company “committed to bold hearts, bright minds and storytellers whose experiences will inspire and compel others to grow in their own greatness.” Its first series of publications centers nonprofit guides and compelling storytelling, including Kerr’s co-authored publication Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits. She continues to serve as a board member and communications consultant for multiple nonprofit agencies and has recently provided training through The Chronicle of Philanthropy (article), The National Council of Nonprofits, Nonprofit Marketing Guide, AFP South Carolina, The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Nonprofit Academy.



Dr. Jeremi Suri

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His most recent book, The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office, was widely reviewed across the United States. Professor Suri’s research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences. In 2018 he received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas, and the Pro Bene Meritis Award for Contributions to the Liberal Arts. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media (including the New York Times, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Atlantic, Wired, New Republic, Foreign Policy, and others.) Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs. He hosts a weekly podcast, “This is Democracy,” available through his professional webpage: http://jeremisuri.net.



Erika Prosper Nirenberg

Erika Prosper Nirenberg| Erika is the Director of Customer Insights for H-E-B and is the First Lady of San Antonio. Growing up as a migrant in the Rio Grande Valley, Erika holds a Masters in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, and a B.A. in Plan II Liberal Arts and a second Bachelor’s of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the Past Immediate Chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, having served on its Executive Board for 6 years. She is also a member of the H-E-B Corporate Diversity Leadership Council and Health and Education Task forces and a former board member of Say Si Youth Arts. In 2016, she received the prestigious H-E-B’s David Ashworth Community Service Award and has received the Corporate Diversity Excellence Award for 2015 and 2016. She has also been the 2011 Women’s Service Awards honoree by the Hispanic Chamber, the 2012 Marketing Leadership Awardee by the La Prensa Foundation and was the recipient of the 2010 Association of Migrant Educators of Texas’ Migrant Alumni Award. A Leadership Texas 2015 graduate and 2015/2016 Chair of the Latina Leadership Institute, much of Erika’s passion revolves around efforts to help improve quality of life among underserved populations through girls & women empowerment, arts education and literacy. She has led the creation of multiple education and economic development white papers, as well as an internationally available, bilingual workbook aimed at helping elementary school-aged children develop entrepreneurial mindsets. Erika and her husband, San Antonio Mayor, Ron Nirenberg, have one son, Jonah.



 | Breakouts

Ofronama Biu

Ofronama Biu is the Senior Research Associate at the Building Movement Project (BMP). She works on BMP’s national projects focused on movement building, service and social change, and leadership, as well as place-based projects in Detroit and New Mexico. She is the author of Race to Lead: Women Of Color In The Nonprofit Sector. In light of the report and the call to remove race- and gender-based barriers in the workforce, Ofronama was named as one of Nonprofit HR’s 2019 Women to Watch. Ofronama has more than 10 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit organizations, particularly in career and workforce development. Here experience has included research, project management, program evaluation, partnership building, and direct service to participants and employers. She also co-founded a nonprofit organization that connects youth to media professionals for skills-building, internship, and mentoring opportunities. Ofronama is a PhD candidate at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and the Environment at The New School. Her research interests include labor market and workforce development policies and racial and gender stratification. She obtained a BA in Psychology from the NYU College of Arts and Science and an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.



Ana Sanchez Brown

Ana Sanchez-Brown is a Community Educator for The Purple Door. She has an Associate’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology and likes to consider herself a “paid activist.” Ana began her work in the anti-violence movement in August 2014 when she became the first bilingual advocate at the Grayson Crisis Center, providing direct services to survivors of domestic violence along with in-shelter duties. In September 2016, she was the coordinator for The Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA) program when it launched. The SARA team began doing a lot of community mobilization and education on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and was determined to change the service that survivors received after their experience with sexual violence. Through this program, they were able to serve survivors of ages ranging from 2 weeks old to 84 years old. The SARA program received and assisted with over 200 cases of sexual assault in less than 2 years. Meanwhile, Ana also created another program called Evolution, which focused on educating and empowering survivors along their healing journey. In 2018, Ana and her husband moved to South Texas. Currently, she is a Community Educator with The Purple Door and continues to be passionate about the movement. Her goal is to continue preventing gender-based violence by engaging the community in the process. When she is not working, Ana and her husband have a fur child named Clementina and absolutely love adventurous weekends by the beach, great music, trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family.



Velissa Chapa

Velissa Chapa serves as Legal Counsel to Aaron Demerson, the Commissioner Representing Employers at the Texas Workforce Commission. She advises the Employer Commissioner on final-level unemployment claim appeals and legislative changes. Ms. Chapa is also responsible for answering the employer hotline and is a regular presenter at TWC’s Texas Business Conferences. She is a regular contributor to TWC’s quarterly employer newsletter, Texas Business Today.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Chapa worked as an attorney in the private sector, handling family, probate, and criminal cases. She has over ten years of experience in the legal field, working as a legal assistant, law clerk, and attorney. She was raised by entrepreneurial parents and understands firsthand the issues that employers face on a daily basis.

Ms. Chapa is from McAllen, Texas, and received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Texas Tech University and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.



Tonya Edmond

Tonya Edmond serves as the Brown School’s associate dean for social work, and she is a faculty fellow in the Office of the Provost working on women faculty leadership development and other diversity and inclusion initiatives.
A faculty affiliate with the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention and the Center for Mental Health Services Research, Edmond focuses her research on testing the effectiveness of interventions for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, sex trafficking and intimate partner violence. She is committed to strengthening services for survivors through research and teaching to advance the development of trauma-informed systems of care and the implementation of evidence-based trauma treatments.
She is currently the principle investigator of a Department of Justice-funded study testing the effectiveness of a learning collaborative as an implementation strategy to enhance the uptake of Cognitive Processing Therapy in rape crisis centers. She also teaches “Intervention Approaches with Women” and “Core Concepts in Trauma Treatment with Children & Adolescents”. Prior to coming into academia, she practiced for 15 years in clinical and administrative roles in domestic violence and rape crisis centers.

Dr. Monica Faulkner

Dr. Monica Faulkner is a Research Associate Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and the Director and co-founder of the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. Dr. Faulkner holds Bachelor degrees in Government and Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston. She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. As a social worker, Dr. Faulkner has worked as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and as a case manager for children in foster care. Dr. Faulkner also worked in the Texas Legislature focusing on policy issues related to health and human services for two legislative sessions. Currently, Dr. Faulkner uses her research expertise to build evidence for interventions and policies that improve the lives of marginalized populations of youth and families. She specializes in program evaluations related to child maltreatment prevention, foster care, and adolescent sexual health. She has also conducted original research related to undocumented Latino parents, permanency of foster youth, and educational outcomes of foster youth. By fusing her experience in research and practice, Dr. Faulkner has facilitated trainings nationwide on a variety of subject matters. She has spoken extensively to child welfare professionals and foster parents regarding the importance of sexual health education and how providers can better support young parents in foster care. She also delivers trainings on trauma informed practice for professionals working with migrants, as well as on topics related to sexual violence and family violence. Dr. Faulkner is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Title IV-E training grant, which serves to advance training and support for social work students involved in the child welfare sector. Additionally, Dr. Faulkner consults with non-profits on program design, data management, and general strategic planning. She is a certified Dare to Lead Facilitator and conducts workshops that bring Dare to Lead™ principles into non-profit agencies. Dr. Faulkner serves as the Chair for the Higher Education Workgroup for the Education Committee of the Children’s Commission, and as a board member for both the Healthy Teen Network and Education Reach for Texas, respectively. She is also one of the foster care liaisons at The University of Texas at Austin, where she co-launched SPARK, a program that works to assist former foster youth on campus. She also provides support to Girasol, a program that helps Texas immigrant children and families to heal from trauma through support, education, and connection.

Rachael Gibson

Rachael serves as a senior consultant for transition planning and organizational strategy engagements. Rachael is skilled change management consultant for nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions. Rachael has a particular expertise in working with organizations led by founders and long-tenured executives.

In prior roles, Rachael managed grantmaking programs and spearheaded numerous capacity building initiatives, including ones aimed at deepening the leadership development opportunities for nonprofit leaders, strengthening the back office systems for nonprofit organizations and evaluating the effectiveness of advocacy efforts. Rachael also developed a national coaching program for leaders of color. Furthermore, Rachael led multiple capacity building and evaluation projects for various government agencies. She has facilitated numerous collective action initiatives and led large program evaluation projects for grantmaking entities aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of their programs.

In addition to her management consulting expertise, Rachael has facilitated diversity and leadership development trainings, served on various nonprofit boards and task forces, and presented workshops at local and national conferences. She served on the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Rachael is also an Adjunct Professor at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology where she teaches Masters level students interested in the field of consulting and organizational development. She received a Master’s Degree in Community and Urban Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park.



Pamela Benson Owens

Pamela Benson Owens has been an entrepreneur for over 20+ years and is the President and CEO of Edge of Your Seat Consulting. For many years Pam has toured the U.S. delivering customized presentations, interactive trainings and leadership programs focused on the importance of nonprofit best practices, intentional leadership, proactive HR practices and culture building, teaming, board governance and effectiveness, fund development, curriculum design, executive coaching, conflict resolution and strategic planning in both the nonprofit and for profit arenas. In addition, she is a skilled human resources consultant leading the charge when it comes to the intricacies of changing organizational culture, executive coaching, managing expectations of non-profit organizations, board members/volunteers, and leveraging the most out of staff. Pam is often asked to come into organizations of transition in an interim capacity to create staffing infrastructure, stabilization, organizational culture change and to establish processes and procedures. Known for her no-nonsense communication style and the ability to navigate difficult conversations, her commitment to challenging the construct and narrative of how leaders select to lead, takes organizations from good to transformational. Pam holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from St. Edward’s University. Pam has a certification in Diversity Education and has also completed course work toward an advanced theological degree. She leverages the combination of her variety of experiences, education, faith, and teachings to create critical “teachable moments” that quickly translate and become abundantly useful in both professional and personal settings.

Elsa Ramos

Elsa G. Ramos is legal counsel to the Commissioner Representing Employers on the Texas Workforce Commission. She advises the Commissioner on final-level unemployment appeal cases, policy initiatives, and legislative changes. Ms. Ramos is a regular speaker at the Texas Business Conferences hosted by TWC throughout the state. She also speaks at outside events on the topic of Handling Unemployment Claims and Appeals. In addition she contributes articles to Texas Business Today, the quarterly newsletter produced by the office of the Commissioner Representing Employers. She is also responsible for providing information and guidance to employers who contact the office, via the employer hotline and employer email, with questions about employment law matters and employee management issues.

Ms. Ramos began working at TWC as a Reviewing Attorney in the Commission Appeals Department in January 2010. She became a permanent staff attorney for the office of the Commissioner Representing Employers in January 2012. Prior to her state service, she spent the first eight years of her legal career in private practice handling criminal defense cases and family law matters in Travis and surrounding counties.

Ms. Ramos spent her early childhood in the Texas valley, and later moved to New Braunfels with her family. She received both her undergraduate degree in architectural studies and her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.



 | New Executive Director Roundtable

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9721 Arboretum Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

In the beautiful Arboretum area of Austin, the Renaissance is modern luxury with breathtaking views.

Take advantage of our discounted room block rates before it ends on January 11, 2020.

“As an Executive Director, this is my favorite conference for networking, forming, and deepening relationships with fellow EDs. Thank you for providing this opportunity each year.” – 2019 Attendee


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Available until January 10, 2020
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Group Discount Rate* | Avaliable when you register 3 or more staff from the same program, groups must be registered together at the same time to qualify for this per person rate.

Refunds | Cancellations received by January 17, 2020 will receive a refund, minus a 25% processing fee. Cancellation received after this date are non-refundable

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