SESSIONS

Morning Sessions | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Using Data to Tell the Story of Your Impact
Reyda Taylor, PhD, Senior Consultant for Data & Research, Mission Capital

So, you have crunched the numbers and created beautiful graphs, but now what? Numbers rarely speak for themselves. How do you communicate the story behind your data in a way that can engage your audience and drive action? Join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop exploring the craft of data storytelling. In this workshop, you will: Learn about storytelling theory at a high level, Identify ways to tease out and communicate the contextual story behind data visualizations, Learn tips to anchor your insights in the data and avoid creating unintentionally misleading stories, Practice crafting data stories with specific audiences and goals in mind.

This session is designed for nonprofit leaders of all kinds, and will be especially relevant to the work of evaluation staff, program directors and development and communications professionals.

Thank you to  Webhead  for sponsoring this session!

Thank you to Webhead for sponsoring this session!


Collective Impact through Strong, Smart Partnerships and Collaborations
Katy Bourgeois, Director of Aligned Impact, Mission Capital

Partnerships and collaborations with other nonprofits, government, academia, business and the communities we serve are essential to achieving long-lasting impact through our work. But, what does it truly take to make partnership with others truly successful? Who defines success and how? What makes one collaboration work when others seem to go nowhere?

This session explains the key components of a successful partnership or collaboration and how to avoid common pitfalls. You’ll learn about several current collective impact projects happening in Texas and explore how you can establish or participate in a collaboration more effectively.  

This session is ideal for nonprofit leaders of all kinds, especially those whose work involves partnerships and collaborations with other organizations and sectors.


Maximize Your Leadership Strengths
Cynthia Colbert, President & CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Mary Grace Landrum, Principal, Landrum & Associates

Today’s nonprofit leaders serve as CEOs, program directors, coordinators, board members and in other roles where they influence people or teams to accomplish goals. Communicating with and motivating others are key skills for successful leaders. Knowing your communication style and the styles of others helps minimize conflict and motivate others to take action. 

How do you identify your strengths and the strengths of the team members you work with? This workshop will provide information and skill practice with tools and resources to know your leadership and communication styles to help you build your leadership team. Participants in this session will receive a link to complete an Everything DiSC Workplace profile at no charge and receive a custom 20+ page report!

This session is ideal for nonprofit executives, directors and people managers (and those who aspire to nonprofit leadership roles) who seek a deeper understanding of their own leadership strengths.

Thank you to  The Nonprofit Council  for sponsoring this session!

Thank you to The Nonprofit Council for sponsoring this session!


Volunteer Recruitment, Readiness and Engagement: Tips from the Trenches
Moderated by Laura Vaccaro, Vice President of Community Relations, Valero
Michael Guerra, Chief Resource Officer, San Antonio Food Bank
Brandyn Moore-Rodriguez, VP of Community Relations and Volunteer Initiatives, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Join us for an engaging discussion all about volunteers and working with them. A panel of volunteer management gurus will share insights and inspired ideas for finding, recruiting, training, and keeping volunteers, and how to make their involvement truly benefit your organization and the people you serve together. Whether you rely on teams of helpers for short-term projects, skilled professionals for long-term, critical projects, or somewhere in between, you'll undoubtedly walk away with expert advice for taking your volunteer program to the next level.  

 This session is ideal for anyone who manages volunteers or works closely with them in any capacity.

Early Afternoon Sessions | 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Conscious Inclusion: Leading through Awareness & Action
Sonya Ware, CEO & Diversity Champion, Blue Beagle Consulting

Successful Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) requires both systemic and interpersonal leadership. Everyone in the organization is capable of learning skills that influence a more inclusive workplace culture. This interactive conversation will explore the D&I landscape, raise your personal awareness and review implementation best practices.

This session is ideal for anyone with an interest in learning more about diversity and inclusion. Members of the Nonprofit Management Alliance of Texas (NMAT), OneStar Foundation’s Academic Affinity Group (AAG), and others who help to build nonprofit organizational capacity are encouraged to attend this session.


Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Dr. Robert (Bob) Wimpelberg, Executive Director, All Kids Alliance, University of Houston

Continuous improvement is critical for strong development, at both the organizational and program levels. It happens to be a key element in successful collective impact. In this interactive session, Bob Wimpelberg will demonstrate how All Kids Alliance (University of Houston) approaches continuous improvement with nonprofit organizations and their funders. He will share 10 years’ worth of lessons learned and some tools that All Kids Alliance has found essential for seeding a culture of continuous improvement.

This session is ideal for program leaders, nonprofit executives, and development professionals. 


Building Your Brand and Marketing on a Budget
Tiffany Galligan, Founder & CEO, Too Good Strategy

Your brand is the representation of what you stand for, and why anyone should care. Even the smallest of nonprofits need to build and nurture their brand to create lasting change and impact. In this session, you will learn skills that will help your organization evaluate and evolve your brand. You will discover tools and resources that will help you maximize your budget and achieve greater awareness. You will learn how to evaluate for effectiveness, why it’s important to iterate on your efforts, and how to tell the story of your impact.

This session is designed for nonprofit leaders of all kinds who want to enhance their organization’s brand and marketing, especially those who seek low or no cost solutions. 


Engaging the Community toward a Visionary Future
Molly Cox, President & CEO, SA2020
Kiran Kaur Bains, Director of Community Impact, SA2020

SA2020 is a nonprofit organization that drives progress toward a shared vision for a thriving San Antonio. San Antonio is the only large city in the country that has a community vision developed by the people who call the city home, a nonprofit organization responsible for driving progress toward that vision, and more than 180 multi-sector partner organizations actively aligning to that vision. Since SA2020 began tracking progress toward the shared vision in 2010, 70% of the indicators are trending in the right direction. Join Molly Cox (President and CEO) and Kiran Kaur Bains (Director of Community Impact) to learn how SA2020 engages and activates the community toward a visionary future. The session will include an overview of San Antonio’s original visioning process in 2010, the bold efforts that followed, as well as SA2020’s community engagement plan for the year 2020.

This session is ideal for any leader interested in meaningfully engaging their community toward affecting change.

Late Afternoon Sessions | 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Film Screening: Community First, A Home for the Homeless
Layton Blaylock, Filmmaker, Director & Founding Partner, Inferno Films

Community First, A Home for the Homeless, is a documentary introducing an innovative, new approach to transforming the lives of homeless people through the power of community. The film tells the story of leaders and residents at Community First! Village, a 27-acre, mastered planned development providing affordable, permanent housing for hundreds of people experiencing chronic homelessness in Austin, Texas. As explained by the founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes Alan Graham, “It is specifically designed to lift the chronically homeless off the streets of the Austin area offering them a place to call home, helping them to heal from the ravages of life on the streets and allowing them to rediscover a purpose in their lives.” You’ll hear about the heartbreaking events that cause homelessness, and the heartwarming stories of being welcomed into a nurturing environment where dignity and self-worth are restored.

Community First, A Home for the Homeless, had its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Filmmaker Layton Blaylock will introduce the film, share the inspiration that led to its creation, and be available to answer questions immediately following the film screening. Watch the film trailer to learn more!

This session is ideal for any conference attendee who wants to be inspired and more informed about great work happening in Texas.


Building the Bench: Cultivating Our Future Leadership
Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, MPA, CNP, President, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

If current nonprofit workforce hiring trends continue, the sector will need to replace every existing senior executive position within the next eight years. What’s more, effective leadership is the most important predictor of organizational sustainability and success. However, most organizations do not have a current succession plan in place -- and the ones that do, it is often only for the top-ranking position.

Effective succession planning isn’t just about securing the next CEO -- it is about building our bench so that we have a team of effective emerging leaders ready to take on their next big assignments. Join us for a hands-on workshop that will assess how your organization’s culture and operations are impacting your succession planning strategy. You will leave armed with a succession plan tailored to your organization that you can launch as soon as you return to the office.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the key drivers of retention

  • Conduct an organizational audit that will determine what policies, procedures and operations need to change in order to achieve succession planning goals

  • Assess their organization’s capacity to attract and retain top talent

  • Explore findings from a study on career paths of nonprofit executive leaders

  • Use the Cost-of-Turnover© calculator to understand the opportunity costs of filling vacancies

  • Create a succession plan to cultivate leaders within their organization as well as recruit new talent dedicated to nonprofit careers.

This session is ideal for Executive Directors, Board Members, and HR professionals.


Exploring the Workplace Experience: Guidance for Making Your Nonprofit a Great Place to Work
Katie Popp, Senior Consultant, Mission Capital

Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations must focus on creating strong internal teams and talent if they plan to attract and retain a skilled and passionate workforce. What type of workplace experiences lead to real employee engagement? How can nonprofit organizations- with limited budgets and demanding workloads- keep employees happy and fulfilled?

We’ll define the ideal workplace experience and uncover the components that make good places to work great – including many strategies that are low or no cost. You’ll walk away with lots of actionable tips for employees at all levels and a framework for making short and long-term changes in your workplace.

Nonprofit leaders who manage teams, work in HR and/or operations, and other nonprofit professionals who have influence over their workplace and employees’ experience will benefit the most from this session.


Building the Perfect Board
Ronnie Hagerty, Associate Vice President of Community Relations, United Way of Greater Houston

A high-functioning, effective board of directors is behind every successful nonprofit, but building and sustaining that board is much easier said than done. In this interactive session, you'll explore why board relations can be so tricky and learn proven strategies for navigating common obstacles to success. 

 Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to move from a "working board" to a "governing board", consider how to get their boards more engaged in fundraising, and discuss the challenges and opportunities of recruiting and working with a more diverse group of board leaders. 

This course is ideal for experienced nonprofit executive leaders, board members and others who work closely with nonprofit boards.