First Lady of Texas
Luncheon Panel Presentation: The Power of Partnership: How Business and Nonprofit Leaders Address Social Challenges Together

Cecilia Abbott’s story reminds us all that the American Dream is alive and well in Texas. The granddaughter of immigrants from Mexico, Cecilia was raised in San Antonio by parents who were both educators, and who instilled in Cecilia, her sister and two brothers a love of learning and helping others.

Cecilia took their lessons to heart, earning three degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Cecilia then devoted her life to serving others. She has been a teacher, vice-principal, and principal at several Catholic schools across Texas, and later went on to another noble calling working in senior health care services.

But Cecilia hasn’t only devoted her professional life to helping others – she’s done the same thing in her personal life. She currently serves on the board of several educational organizations and is an active member of many philanthropic groups.

Cecilia believes strongly in giving back. Her signature initiative as First Lady combines the two things that she is most passionate about — Texas and philanthropy. She calls it Texanthropy, and through it she promotes volunteerism and service to others across Texas. Cecilia has also partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a similar initiative — Network of Nurture — to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system.

Cecilia is a proud mother to her daughter, Audrey, and a devoted wife to her husband of 38 years, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. With her husband’s election as Governor, Cecilia made history by becoming the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas.



Director of Community Impact, SA2020
Early Afternoon Session: Engaging the Community toward a Visionary Future

Kiran Kaur Bains is the Director of Community Impact at SA2020, a nonprofit organization that drives progress towards a shared vision for a thriving San Antonio. In this work, Kiran supports multi-sector organizations, including nonprofits, funders, local government, corporations, and higher education institutions, in making the greatest possible impact in the community.

Before joining SA2020, Kiran was the first Chief Equity Officer for the City of San Antonio, where she helped ensure that local government policies, services, and allocation of resources account for the different histories, challenges, and needs of San Antonians.

Kiran previously worked in international development and peace-building in South Asia and East Africa. These experiences range from reviving micro-financing groups after two decades of war in northern Uganda to securing safe working conditions for migrant workers largely responsible for waste management in Lucknow, India.

A proud first generation college graduate, Kiran is passionate about equity in education. She taught leadership development to young women of color in New York public high schools and spearheaded a yearlong diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative for AmeriCorps members serving over 4,000 first-generation college students across Texas. Kiran has also taught courses on equity at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Kiran holds a BA in International Relations from St. Mary’s University and MA in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame.



Director/Director of Photography, Inferno Films
Late Afternoon Session: Film Screening: Community First, A Home for the Homeless

Layton Blaylock is an award winning filmmaker, director, director of photography, and a founding partner of Inferno Films. The plight of the homeless is a subject near and dear to Layton’s heart. With Community First, A Home for the Homeless, he hopes to make a real impact on the lives of homeless people by helping them find a nourishing environment to live, allowing them to heal, and restoring their self esteem. Community First, A Home for the Homeless made its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.

Mr. Blaylock has worked on a wide range of documentaries, feature films, TV shows, and informational films over his 40 year career. He is a graduate of The University of Texas with a degree in Radio-TV-Film and resides in Austin, TX.



Director of Aligned Impact, Mission Capital
Morning Session: Collective Impact through Strong, Smart Partnerships and Collaborations

Katy Bourgeois is the Director of Aligned Impact at Mission Capital in Austin. Katy designs and leads multiple long-term collaborations and collective impact projects serving the Austin area and the state of Texas. She has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of organizational assessment, strategic planning, program evaluation and fund development.

Prior to joining Mission Capital, Katy operated her own consulting firm and worked with nonprofits including Casey Family Programs, Interfaith Action of Central Texas, Round Rock Health Clinic, and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Katy has also worked extensively within Texas state government to review and recommend improvements to programs and policy, including program evaluations for the Legislative Budget Board, fiscal policy analysis to the Governor of Texas, and strategic planning activities for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services.



Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, H-E-B
Luncheon Panel Presentation: The Power of Partnership: How Business and Nonprofit Leaders Address Social Challenges Together

Upon graduation from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Dya Campos joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a Governmental Affairs consultant representing its attorneys and clients in the Texas legislature. In 2004, Ms. Campos was recruited to HillCo Partners, the top governmental affairs consulting firm in Texas, as the youngest lobbyist in the state at the time. 

After completing several successful legislative sessions, Campos was tapped by H-E-B to lead Public Affairs for the company’s San Antonio headquarters and the San Antonio/West Texas retail operations region. In her role at H-E-B, Dya oversees the charitable giving program, community affairs and serves as the director of media relations and spokesperson for the H-E-B headquarters.  Dya also leads the Governmental Affairs division and H-E-B’s legislative efforts at the Texas State Capitol. In 2015, Capitol Insider named Dya one of the top corporate governmental affairs influencer in Texas.  

Campos achieved alumni status at Harvard Business School in July 2015 through the Executive Education program and is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board for the University of Texas Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, the Board of Governors for the UT Health -Cancer Therapy Research Center.She is also a member of the Food Marketing Institute Policy Committee.



President & CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Morning Session: Maximize Your Leadership Strengths

An expert on poverty and ways to address it, Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, took the helm of Catholic Charities in 2012 and since then created new partnerships across the region to help impoverished individuals build better lives. With more than 20 years in the not for profit sector, she is an experienced leader in nonprofit management.

Colbert led Catholic Charities' recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 that helped more than 19,000 individuals across 246 zip codes in the first year after the storm. As a result of her leadership and vision, Catholic Charities established its Disaster Recovery Program to provide long-term disaster recovery case management services.

Colbert’s previous CEO positions included Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Austin, Texas, and in Wichita, Kansas. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The California State University in Sacramento and her master’s in social work from UC Berkeley.

The most recent accolade for her work came from the Houston Business Journal, which named her in 2018 to its inaugural list of Houston’s Most Admired CEOs.  Previously, HBJ recognized her for two consecutive years on its Women Who Mean Business list.

In 2017, she was named as a Woman on the Move by Texas Executive Women. In 2016, she was named the Hispanic Female Executive of the Year by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Leadera Consulting Group’s Outstanding Woman in Business. That same year, Colbert spoke before a United Nations panel in New York about educating refugee women, and she has presented numerous times at the regional and national level.



President & CEO, SA2020
Early Afternoon Session: Engaging the Community toward a Visionary Future

Molly Cox is the President and CEO of SA2020, a nonprofit organization that drives progress toward a shared vision for a thriving San Antonio. In this role, she serves as a facilitator, a storyteller, a convener, a fundraiser, a communicator, a data analyst, a policy wonk, and a connector.

Originally, from Corpus Christi, Texas, she began her career in radio and television before serving as the Director of the University of Texas San Antonio’s Center for Policy Studies. In 2011, she started her own consulting business, Nonprofit Fancy Pants, helping local nonprofit organizations with strategic planning, communications, and team building. One of her first clients was SA2020, and the rest, as they say, is history.

A Certified Nonprofit Leader through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, with a BA in theatre from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Molly has served on the selection committees for the Texas Governor’s Volunteer Awards and the San Antonio Ethics in Business Awards. She has been honored with a 2017 San Antonio Business Journal’s Women’s Leadership Award and as the 2017 Estrella Award Winner for Healthy Futures of Texas. In 2018, Molly was named Best City Advocate by the San Antonio Magazine.



General Manager, Community Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility & Legislative Affairs, CITGO
Luncheon Panel Presentation: The Power of Partnership: How Business and Nonprofit Leaders Address Social Challenges Together

As the General Manager of Community Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility & Legislative Affairs for CITGO,  Larry R. Elizondo, Sr. is a valued leader in the Corpus Christi, Texas community.  His professional accomplishments are numerous and include successfully managing more than $668 million of public funds, maintaining an outstanding record, and, at the same time, serving the largest employer in Corpus Christi.

Larry is an adept negotiator and critical thinker, with extensive knowledge of industry and government regulations. These skills have allowed Larry to serve the citizens of Corpus Christi and Houston in many capacities, including city councilman in Corpus Christi.

His vast community involvement includes board memberships for the Coastal Bend Council of Governments, the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, AVANCE and Mission of Mercy, among others. He served on the Board of Trustees and is also the former President of the Corpus Christi Education Foundation.  Currently, Larry serves as a board member of Rebuilding Together Houston and is the acting president of the Simon Bolivar Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit, private foundation of CITGO Petroleum Corporation.



Founder/Principal, Too Good Strategy
Early Afternoon Session: Building Your Brand and Marketing on a Budget

 Tiffany Galligan, Founder/Principal for Too Good Strategy, leads non-profits and social enterprises in creating branding, marketing, and digital strategies that extend their mission. With over 18 years of developing successful user-centered strategies for monumental change, she thrives working on complex, multi-layered challenges that have a broad social impact.

 Tiffany combines a background in agency consulting and non-profit management to create transformative brands and experiences that get to the heart of an organization’s cause and speak to supporters and constituents. Tiffany was one of two leaders at the Lance Armstrong Foundation that guided their brand revolution, ultimately creating LIVESTRONG. Since starting Too Good Strategy she has partnered with dozens of local and national non-profits on strategic efforts.  She leads the TGS team in helping clients develop strategic marketing plans, digital campaigns, and creative execution.  She believes to have a successful engagement both parties have to agree that the effort will have a significant impact on the organization - she likes to help nonprofits find their organizational tipping points. 

With cinematographers as parents, storytelling has been a part of Tiffany’s lifeblood for as long as she can remember; she was raised knowing that every person and every organization has a story to tell. Through the course of her career, she has kept that fundamental fact at the heart of her approach to problem solving. Blending user-centered design practices with effective storytelling has proven to be essential for her clients and causes to maximize their reach and effectiveness. Tiffany has applied this unique marketing approach to organizations including Allstate Foundation, Boneshaker Project, Critical Mass, College Forward, Dell, Delta Airlines, IT’S TIME TEXAS, Hotels for Hope, Neiman Marcus, Southwest Airlines, TOMS, University of Texas, and many more.



Associate Vice President of Community Relations, United Way of Greater Houston
Late Afternoon Session: Building the Perfect Board

Ronnie Hagerty is assistant vice president of community relations and talent management for the United Way of Greater Houston.  Hagerty also oversees United Way Project Blueprint, a program that prepares members of Houston’s multicultural communities for nonprofit board leadership.  Hagerty 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.

She is an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and has been a lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Hagerty serves   as a board member for The Rose, and as an advisory committee member for the Houston Arts Alliance, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and Career Gear.  She is a member of the PowerTools Advisory Board and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston.

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Principal, Landrum & Associates
Morning Session: Maximize Your Leadership Strengths

For 20 years, Mary Grace Landrum, through Landrum & Associates (L&A), has successfully partnered with clients in Houston, across the United States and internationally. Long term relationships and recurring client contracts is a testament to the quality and effectiveness of Landrum & Associates’ work. In 2017 Landrum served as part-time Executive Director for the West Houston Leadership Institute where she was the program facilitator for five years and currently coordinates their Sponsorship Program.

Landrum has worked with a range of clients at all levels of an organization and across multiple sectors in for profit and non-profit organizations. She has partnered with clients to create strategic plans, develop leadership skills, coach medical practice leaders through process changes, develop teamwork and collaboration skills in intact work groups and develop non-profit boards. She specializes in helping emerging and established leaders build skills to identify and reach their organizational goals and helping organizations create goals and processes to increase their success.

Landrum holds a bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Houston and on the corporate faculty at Lone Star College.

Active in community and professional organizations she served in leadership roles with the Association for Talent Development, the Southern Gas Association (SGA), the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and on numerous non-profit boards. Landrum was an elected trustee of Spring Branch Independent School District, 2005-2011, received the Distinguished Service Award from the SGA for leading their business television network and in 2013 was named Outstanding Alumna in Education by Franciscan University. In 2016 Landrum received the Distinguished Leader award from the West Houston Leadership Institute. Landrum has been appointed by governors Perry and Abbott to serve as a State Service Commissioner with the OneStar Foundation where she current chairs the program committee.



Vice President of Community Relations and Volunteer Initiatives at United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
Morning Session: Volunteer Recruitment, Readiness and Engagement: Tips from the Trenches

Brandyn Moore-Rodriguez is the Vice President of Community Relations and Volunteer Initiatives at United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Brandyn manages all aspects of United Way volunteer activities for local corporations and businesses to include creating opportunities, securing funding and providing opportunities for volunteers. Brandyn is a proud graduate of Texas State University – San Marcos where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2007. Prior to working at United Way, Brandyn spent five years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. as the External Affairs Specialist. Brandyn helped established and launch the Toyota Community Volunteer Program and supported all community relations efforts for the San Antonio Manufacturing plant.  Brandyn, a native of San Antonio, is an active member of her community and her church where she sings in the Living Praise Choir for Livingway Church.

Brandyn is a member of Leadership San Antonio Class 36, a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, a Meals on Wheels Volunteer, and a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of San Antonio.

In her free time, you can find Brandyn spending time with her husband DJ and her two daughters Sydnee (14) and Emery (4), participating in Camp Gladiator workouts, and attending numerous Club Volleyball tournaments for her daughter Sydnee.



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

Katie Popp is a Senior Consultant for Learning and Leadership at Mission Capital in Austin. She is an expert in workplace culture with a passion for building effective, engaging and fun organizations that people want to be a part of. In her work at Mission Capital, she provides strategic and consulting support in the areas of education, leadership training and talent management.

Katie spent 12 years with Great Place to Work Institute, most recently directing the firm’s Best Companies Lists program, including responsibility for the evaluation and selection of Fortune Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. She also served as the Development Associate at Habitat for Humanity San Francisco. Katie enjoys applying her knowledge of corporate workplace best practices to the nonprofit sector. She holds a BA in Psychology from Southwestern University and a MA in Organization Development from St. Edwards University.



President, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Late Afternoon Session: Building the Bench: Cultivating Our Future Leadership

For more than 25 years, Susan Tomlinson Schmidt has dedicated her career to helping strengthen nonprofit organizations from the inside out by increasing access to high-quality, high-impact leadership training. Her passion for social-impact organizations shines through in her work as president of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a network of colleges, universities, and nonprofits that strengthen the social sector through the development of a talented and prepared workforce.

Since joining the Alliance in 2013, she has brought a culture of growth, entrepreneurship and continuous quality improvement to the organization. Susan has led the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance through significant change with the addition of several new programs, including Leaderosity, an online training platform that is positioned to redefine how the nonprofit sector approaches talent development.

Susan holds a master’s in public administration and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional. A frequent speaker on the national stage, Susan has given keynote addresses on topics related to workforce trends, employee engagement, talent recruitment and development and the next generation of leadership.



Senior Consultant for Data & Research, Mission Capital
Morning Session: Using Data to Tell the Story of Your Impact

Reyda Taylor, PhD, is the Senior Consultant for Data & Research at Mission Capital, a nonprofit resource center in Austin, Texas. Reyda specializes in exploratory, evaluative, and strategic research, in both the nonprofit and the technology sectors. She is particularly passionate about building bridges across the domains of product design and program development, making research and evaluation more accessible and adaptable for nonprofits. Reyda has been providing research services in Central Texas since 2011 - first, as a Senior Researcher at Shore Research, providing program evaluation, then in independent practice since 2013 with an additional focus in user experience research and usability testing. Since joining the Mission Capital team in 2018, Reyda has trained and advised a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, guiding them in data collection and reporting and in assessing their impact. She also guides Mission Capital’s own impact assessment efforts, working collaboratively across the enterprise. Reyda got her professional start as the Research and Evaluation Specialist at the Girl Scouts of Citrus in Orlando, FL. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida and a BA in Psychology from Ouachita Baptist University.



President, AT&T Texas
Luncheon Panel Presentation: The Power of Partnership: How Business and Nonprofit Leaders Address Social Challenges Together

Leslie Ward is responsible for developing and executing strategies impacting AT&T’s participation in the Texas political process. Her responsibilities include state legislative policy and initiatives for Texas, development of legislative and political strategy, as well as the management of the AT&T external affairs team.

Ms. Ward was appointed to her current position in 2018 having previously served numerous legislative and regulatory positions within AT&T. She has been ranked as one of the top corporate lobbyist in Texas since the inception of the ranking system by Capitol Inside.

Ms. Ward holds a BA in Political Science having attended Texas Tech University and St. Edward’s University. In addition, Ms. Ward completed work in Corporate Community Relations at Boston College.

Ms. Ward currently serves as Chair for the Texas Cultural Trust and is part of the Executive Committee for the Board of the Texas Taxpayers Association. She is also part of the Texas Tech Foundation Board of Directors, Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institution Board, ZACH Theatre Board of Trustees, Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors, and is a sustaining member of the Austin Junior League. In 2014, Ms. Ward was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to Chief Executive Officer for the Texas Economic Development Corporation, where she proudly served under both Governor Perry and then Governor Greg Abbott during her term. Ms. Ward is also currently on the Executive Committee for the Texas Civil Justice League and serves on the board of directors for Dress for Success as well as the Texas Book Festival.

Ms. Ward resides in Austin, Texas with her husband Don. They have three children.



CEO & Diversity Champion, Blue Beagle Consulting
Early Afternoon Session: Conscious Inclusion: Leading through Awareness & Action

Sonya Ware facilitates inclusion conversations; teaching organizations how-to create a thriving workplace culture that achieves business results. Sonya’s company, Blue Beagle Consulting, provides executive coaching services to director level+ clients in healthcare, non-profit, university and small business. With years of transferrable experience, business acumen, IT operations/support and strategy development, Sonya is known for helping clients develop personal and organizational strategies. As an experienced Fortune 500 leader who managed an $18M budget, $25M in project spend, and a regional team, she is also a multiple, Shell Oil designated, award-recipient for creating the ‘right work environment.’ Sonya has leveraged inclusion for business results long before inclusion became a buzzword.

She earned a BS from the University of Houston, an MA from the University of St. Thomas; an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University and is an International Coach Federation PCC credentialed coach. A devoted mom to two lovely sons, she enjoys live productions, comedy, the beach and NPR’s How I Built This podcast.



Executive Director, All Kids Alliance, University of Houston
Early Afternoon Session: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Bob Wimpelberg is the Founder and Executive Director of All Kids Alliance at the University of Houston where he is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the College of Education.

After 19 years in university administration and 50 years in education, Bob is dedicating his encore career to working with non-profits and funders interested in community-level collective impact.  Through All Kids Alliance, Bob helps organizations pay particular attention to effective collaborative action and commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Bob graduated from Yale University and taught in public schools in St. Louis County, Missouri. Following doctoral work at the University of Chicago, he joined the faculty at Tulane University and later moved to the University of New Orleans.  Bob has been at the University of Houston since 2000.

Bob was a founding member of the National Leadership Advisory Board of the StriveTogether Network during its affiliation with the KnowledgeWorks Foundation (Cincinnati).He is currently a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum (Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter) and is serving on the Executive Committee of its Board of Trustees.