Southeast Texas 2018

Texas Nonprofit Summit Agenda

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Check-In & Networking Breakfast


Welcome and Opening Remarks


The Nonprofit Effectiveness Framework
Robin Llewellyn, Learning & Leadership Manager, Mission Capital

Robin Llewellyn, Learning & Leadership Manager for Mission Capital in Austin, is an experienced talent development and human resources professional with a background in leadership development and employee training. Previously, Robin owned and operated RLL Consulting, a talent development and management consulting firm. She also served as Senior Director of Talent and Development at Goodwill Central Texas. Robin holds a BFA from The University of Texas and an MFA from Florida State University. She utilizes her theater arts background to facilitate interactive trainings, focusing on learning through “play.” Robin holds a Certification in Professional Learning and Performance (CPLP), is certified TTI Insights instructor and guide, and has her SHRM-CP and PHR as a human resources professional.


Board Member Recruitment and Engagement
Ronnie Hagerty, Associate VP of Community Relations, United Way of Greater Houston

Ronnie Hagerty of Houston is assistant vice president of community relations and talent management for the United Way of Greater Houston. She is a lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Ronnie serves in leadership positions as a board member for Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, board member for ESCAPE Family Resource Center, chair-elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Houston Chapter and sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. She was previously a member of Renewing Our Communities Advisory Committee and the American Diabetes Association. Ronnie earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Saint Mary's College/Notre Dame, master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston, and doctoral degree in leadership and change from Antioch University.


Lunch & Keynote Presentation: Leadership in Trying Times: Staying True to Yourself While Staying the Course
Francisco Gónima, Owner & Principal, Francisco Gónima Executive Coaching & Strategy

Francisco A. Gónima is an ICF certified professional coach (PCC), community facilitator, and social sector strategist with a passion for supporting innovation and social enterprise. A native of Bogota, Colombia, Francisco came to the United States as a child and grew up with one foot in each world. That experience produced a lifelong passion for understanding people, behavior, and how we communicate across cultures which became the foundation for his vocation as a leader and coach.

The first decade of his career was spent in leadership roles with the American Red Cross in Denver, Colorado and then at their National Headquarters in Washington, DC. For the last 10 years Francisco has grown a successful executive coaching, leadership development & strategy practice. He provides strategic counsel and expert facilitation services to entrepreneurs, non-profits, and government leaders.

He holds a BA in Latin American Studies/Government from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a National Disaster Management & Leadership Instructor for the American Red Cross. He is adjunct staff for the San Antonio Area Foundation where he is a member of the Leadership Development & Capacity Building Faculty and serves as Collective Impact Coach & Facilitator for the Excel Beyond the Bell San Antonio Network, a coalition of over two dozen youth serving agencies working to extend quality youth development to 100% of San Antonio youth. He served as the 2012 Lumina Foundation Coaching Fellow for San Antonio's DiploMás Latino Student Success Partnership. He is also a 2009 American Marshall Memorial Fellow through the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a leadership exchange program with the European Union for emerging U.S. leaders.

Francisco currently serves as the Vice Chairman for Communications for the World Affairs Council of San Antonio Executive Board. He also serves on the board of directors for the Healy Murphy Center. He is a member of the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation and served as Education Minister for Darren Casey, Rey Feo LXVII who raised over $500k for college scholarships and visited over 50,000 students with a message of pursuing higher education. He remains a national leadership volunteer with the American Red Cross as a national disaster officer. As a first generation immigrant and a bilingual native Spanish speaker he has a strong commitment to promoting Latino leadership in a central role for our community and our country's future.


Challenge Everything: Charting a Strategic Course That’s Relevant, Agile & Inclusive
TD Smyers, President & CEO, United Way of Tarrant County

TD Smyers is a native North Texan who leads cross-sector collaboration and scaled, systemic community investment in Tarrant County’s diverse communities as President and Chief Executive Officer of our United Way. His dedicated team of fundraisers, social systems experts and support staff are bringing innovative solutions, the resources of public philanthropy and a comprehensive partnership network to bear against our toughest challenges. The unique perspective TD brings to the United Way is rooted in his previous role as CEO of the North Texas region of the American Red Cross, where he brought 12 Red Cross chapters together under one leadership structure, and his 31-year career in the United
States Navy, from which he retired in 2011 after his tour as Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. Prior to taking command of NAS Fort Worth JRB, TD’s uniformed service included tours as Director of Congressional Affairs/Legislative Liaison and Director of Collaborative Warfare for Navy Aviation at the Pentagon, as well as Command-at-Sea of a Maritime Patrol Squadron.

TD is Vice Chair of North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD) and an active member of our community’s Continuum of Care Board; the Tarrant Transit Alliance; the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Council and the Fort Worth Blue Zones Project’s Advisory Council. From 2012-2014, Smyers led the commissioning of USS Fort Worth as Chair of the Commissioning Committee, then transitioned that body into an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, serving as its first President. Smyers earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Master’s Degree from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School.


Networking Break
Attendees are encouraged to bring printed information about their organizations or programs to share.


Top 5 Tips for Using Technology Effectively
Dorie Pickle, Founding Principal and Creative Director, CreativePickle

Dorie Pickle is CreativePickle’s Founding Principal and Managing Director. Dorie helped launch and grow several web start-up enterprises in the frenzied dot-com boom in the late nineties in Austin, Texas. With this experience, Dorie started CreativePickle in June 2001. Dorie is a big-picture thinker, with real-world, hands-on experience managing the creation of hundreds of brands, websites, and graphic materials. Dorie is creative, reliable, and loves her work and her clients. In addition to private businesses, Dorie works with dozens of nonprofits to help elevate their brand, engage with their audience, and streamline processes to be current and efficient based on new technologies. Dorie has a masters from the LBJ School of Public Policy with a focus on new technologies and broadband Internet access.


Event Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

For more information or questions about the Texas Nonprofit Summit, contact Ann Starr at or 512-477-5955 ext. 282.