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2019  Executive Directors’ Conference


February 12 – 13, 2019
Capitol Day | February 14

DoubleTree by Hilton
Austin, TX



2019 Registration Rates:

Early Registration | ends January 13, 2019
TCFV or TAASA Member | $195
Non-Member | $215

Regular Registration | after January 13, 2019
TCFV or TAASA Member | $210
Non-Member | $230

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

Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations received by February 4th, 2019 will receive a refund, minus a 25% processing fee. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. 

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Tuesday, February 12

10:00 am – 4:00 pm| Registration & Exhibitors open
Outside Phoenix North

10:00 am – 12:30 pm| New Executive Director’s Roundtable with Toni Johnson-Simpson

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Welcome – Gloria Terry, Texas Council on Family Violence & Rose Luna, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Phoenix North

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm| Plenary | Feeling more Energized, Engaged, and Effective with Michelle Kinder, Executive Director of the Momentous Institute of Dallas 
Phoenix North

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm | Break

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm| Breakout Session 1 | To be announced

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm | Breakout Session 2 | Microaggressoions in the Workplace and Resiliency, VOICE Study with Maggi McGiffert, Project Manager & Researcher and Anna Wasim, Project Manager from Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) at the University of Texas at Austin 

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm| Breakout Session 3 |Panel: Engaging Donors Through Prevention | Panelists: Kathryn Jacobs, President & CEO of Safe Haven
Marla Johnson, Executive Director of Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Jim Womack, CEO of Family Support Services of Amarillo
Moderator: Shannon Murdoch, Prevention Director at Texas Council on Family Violence 
Phoenix North

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm | Break

4: 00 pm – 5:00 pm |Plenary | Hot Topic Networking
Phoenix North

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Thought Leaders Cohort meet and greet, by invitation only

Wednesday, February 13

Exhibitors hall open from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

7:30 am – 8:30 am| Yoga for Leaders with Krista Del Gallo, Certified Yoga Instructor & Policy Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence

8:00 am – 9:00 am| Breakfast 
Outside Phoenix North

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Plenary | The Psychology of Fundraising with Dr. Art Markman, Director of the IC2 Institute and Director of the Human Dimensions of Organizations, University of Texas at Austin
Phoenix North

10:30 am – 10:45 pm | Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm| Breakout Session 4 | Panel: Creating a Safer Texas: A Blueprint for Access, Inclusion, and Supportive Services for Survivors of Family Violence | Panelists: Dr. Bethany Backes, Research Associate & IDVSA Director of Research and Evaluation, University of Texas at Austin, Maggy McGiffert, Project Manager and Researcher, IDVSA at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Josie Serrata, Independent Consultant, Dr. Leila Wood Research Assistant  Professor, IDVSA, University of Texas at Austin
Phoenix North

10:45 am – 12:00 pm| Breakout Session 5 | Engaging Your Board in Fundraising with Bonnie S. Y. Escobar, Director of Strategic Development, Center Against Sexual and Family Violence

10:45 am – 12:00 pm| Breakout Session 6 | More than a Woman’s Issue: Creating a Men’s Auxiliary to End Domestic Violence, with Jan Langbein, Executive Director at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support

12:00 – 12:30 | Lunch Buffet

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Plenary | Panel: Engaging Immigration Survivors | Panelists: Dr. Walkter Nguyen, Executive Director of Mosaic Family Services, Mona Kafeel, Chief Philanthropy & Operating Officer with Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Barbara Peña, Director of Education & Outreach, RAICES
Moderator: Mona Muro, Economic Justice Policy Coordinator, Texas Council on Family Violence
Phoenix North

1:30 – 1:45 pm | Break

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm| Breakout Session 7 | Panel: Creating a Safer Texas II: Learning from Survivors Who Never Sought Services | Dr. Laurie Cook Heffron, Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, St. Edward’s University, Dr. Yu Lu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Behavioral Health and Research Department of Ob/Gyn, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Jeff Temple Director, Behavioral Health and Research, Department of Ob/Gyn, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Rachel Voth Schrag, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
Phoenix North

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm| Breakout Session 8 | Employment Law for Leaders | Ted Smith, Attorney at Cornell Smith Mierl Brotocao Burton, LLP

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm| Breakout Session 9 | Creating a Vicarious Trauma-Informed Organization with Karen Kalergis, President and Founder of Mani Partners Strategic Communications

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm | Break

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm | Keynote |What You See is What You Get, A Musician with a Message with Saul Paul
Phoenix North

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm | Closing remarks, Gloria Terry, Texas Council on Family Violence & Rose Luna, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Phoenix North

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Membership Reception | Featuring Singer-Songwriter Lynzy Lab | “A Scary Time (for boys)”


Art Markman, PhD is the Anabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. He has written over 150 papers on topics including reasoning, decision making, and motivation. Art brings insights from cognitive science to a broader audience through his blogs at Psychology Today and Fast Company as well as his radio show/podcast Two Guys on Your Head produced by KUT. He is the author of several books including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, and Brain Briefs. His next book–Bring Your Brain to Work–will be published in June, 2019.


Michelle Kinder is the Executive Director of Momentous Institute in Dallas, Texas. She has worked in the field of children’s mental health for more than 20 years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and the University of Texas with a master’s degree in Educational Psychology.

SaulPaul, the “Musician with a Message,” is known throughout the world for entertaining and educating a variety of audiences. After being named 2017 Austinite of the Year, SaulPaul began 2018 with his song Rise (Remix) topping the charts and becoming one of the #1 songs on Sirius XM radio. His book Dream in 3D has influenced nearly a million audience members through his work. His universally accessible story of tragedy to triumph continues to reach many through the film Tower to Tower. He has shared his story and his music at two TEDx Talks, Google HQ, the last 5 Super Bowls and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. He uses his platform to promote social good and serve as a youth.

New ED Roundtable

New Executive Directors Roundtable
February 12th | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Magnolia Room

The New Executive Director’s Round Table brings together executive directors with less than three years of tenure. This event creates space to share information and build partnerships in the Anti-Violence movement.  Toni Johnson-Simpson, Executive Director of Denton County Friends of the Family will facilitate a discussion on how to navigate your new role. 

Toni Johnson-Simpson is a native of Denton and has served as Executive Director of Denton County Friends of the Family since 2005. DCFOF Is the sole provider of emergency shelter and free counseling to victims of relationship violence and sexual assault. Prior to taking on the position of executive leadership at DCFOF, ,She became involved in this work simply, because she believes each person has the right to live in a home free of violence.


Be sure to select the New Executive Directors Round Table event with your conference registration. Brunch is included with registration.


Yoga for Leaders

Join us for Yoga for Leaders with Krista Del Gallo, Certified Yoga Instructor with 300 hours of teacher training.

Krista’s yoga class will offer advocacy leaders the opportunity to restore and rejuvenate using the breath and basic asana (yoga posture). No yoga experience needed. Please dress comfortably. There will be some mats and large towels for all. 



DoubleTree by Hilton
6505 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78752

Reserve Your Lodging Now
Hotel rate is open until January 13, 2019 or until block is full, whichever comes first.

Attendees may also call the DoubleTree and book over the phone.
Call 1-800-866-3126, use the code FAM to receive block rate.


Conference Details:
Johanna Moya-Fabregas
Training Coordinator
512 – 628 – 4590

Lodging Questions:
Anoush Crane