Featured Speakers



Keynote Speakers



Image result for grady mcgahanGrady McGahan, RETREET
Grady McGahan is the founder and executive director of RETREET, a nonprofit organization that redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2004 with a BA in English. A professional project manager, Grady helped produce numerous film festivals, the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium, the PBS Series “Texas Ranch House," and Michael Moore's film “ SiCKO” while living in New York City. Grady left New York in April of 2010 to travel around the world, visiting 25 countries on 5 continents in 18 months. Upon his return to the United States, he founded RETREET to redefine disaster relief and, through it, find fulfillment. An avid cyclist and amateur arborist, Grady is also the president-elect of Texas Urban Forestry Council and a 2015 graduate of Municipal Forestry Institute.

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Opening Luncheon
Monday, June 12 - 12:30 p.m.

This year at Keep Texas Beautiful’s Annual Conference, we’re all about looking ahead, solving real-world problems and taking the future into our hands. Grady McGahan, Executive Director of RETREET, will welcome our conference with an energizing look at how to motivate and support the growth and needs in your own local community. RETREET is a nonprofit organization dedicated to redefining disaster relief by engaging communities, including several KTB affiliates, to replant lost trees in stricken areas. By working with local volunteers, partners and supporters like KTB, RETREET has matured into an organization that not only restores and beautifies ecosystems, but also replants and rebuilds communities.
 
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Catherine Robb, LBJ Future Forum
Catherine Robb is an Austin attorney whose community involvement exemplifies the legacy of her grandparents, President Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. Catherine serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees, including KLRU (the local PBS station where is the immediate past Board Chair), the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council, and the advisory councils for the University of Texas School of Undergraduate Studies, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the Texas Exes.  She is the Founder and Honorary Chair (and former Board Chair) of the LBJ Future Forum.  She also volunteers for Back on My Feet, Trinity Center, Volunteer Legal Services, and Reading is Fundamental.  When she is not working, Catherine likes to run, do races (triathlons, adventure races, and sometimes just running races), watch films and hear live music, and enjoy the outdoors.

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50th Anniversary Gala
Monday, June 12 - 6:30 p.m.
All year long, Keep Texas Beautiful is celebrating the impact our organization has made in local Texas communities since 1967. This year at our KTB Annual Conference, we will be hosting a special Gala reception and dinner to celebrate our 50th year as an organization. This evening will include a formal cocktail reception, live entertainment, dinner and cash bar. Current affiliates are invited to mingle with past members and friends of KTB while we make a nod to our past, and look forward to our future together as we Keep Texas Beautiful.
 
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Session Speakers


 Christine Chute Canul, Keep Texas Beautiful
Christine oversees KTB's affiliate training program, statewide programs such as the Great American Cleanup and Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off, and KTB's youth programming, including the Youth & Educator Awards and Waste In Place curriculum. She also serves as the KTB new affiliate liaison and program manager for all Texas communities. Before joining KTB, Christine worked as the community/volunteer coordinator for Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. She also has experience with United Way Capital Area and the Interactive Aging Network in New York. Christine holds a master’s in urban affairs from Hunter College, City University of New York and an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas.

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Introduction to Keep Texas Beautiful and Affiliate Coordination
Pre-Conference Session
Monday, June 12 - 9:00 a.m.

We have once again combined these two important sessions this year, to give you more bang for your buck! ‘Introduction to KTB’ gives new affiliates, board members and staff an overview of Keep Texas Beautiful. Designed to provide a solid affiliate foundation, the training covers such topics as developing a board, setting up committees and program involvement. In the second half of the session, ‘Affiliate Coordination’ will offer tools and ideas that surpass the fundamentals of the introductory session. Experienced coordinators will be available to provide insight into what it takes to maximize your resources and take your affiliate to higher ground.
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Cecile Carson, Keep America Beautiful
Cecile Carson has been involved with Keep America Beautiful at the local, state and national level for more than 20 years. As the lead staff person charged with pursuing Keep America Beautiful’s impact goal to end littering, Cecile has participated in the development and analysis of the nonprofit’s landmark “Litter in America” research study, “Litter Cost Study,” and Litter Law Enforcement Collaboration Guide. She led the effort behind “Charting the Multiple Meanings of Blight,” Keep America Beautiful’s national literature review on addressing the community impacts of blighted properties. She is a lead in the establishment of the National Behavior Advisory Council, consisting of leading experts in behavior and culture change, assisting KAB with establishment of new baselines and behavior impact analysis. Cecile serves as coordinator for the State Leaders Council and supervises youth and education initiatives including creation of the national Youth Advisory Council. She has nearly 20 years of municipal government experience, including urban planning, economic development and code enforcement. Cecile serves as the North Central Texas Council of Governments - Resource Conservation Commission Vice Chair.

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Utilizing The Keep America Beautiful Behavior Change System
Pre-Conference Session
Monday, June 12 - 9:00 a.m.

Learn how to use the Keep America Beautiful Behavior Change System, as recommended by the KAB National Behavior Advisory Council, to change behaviors related to end littering, improve recycling and beautifying Texas communities. This interactive session will include hands-on tools to evaluate programs and how to develop an Action Plan to implement behavior change strategies. Topics covered will include an overview of Principles of Behavior Change and Impacts of Behavior Change. Putting the process into action, participants will discuss case studies and identify strategies to use to address local issues. Outcomes include understanding of KAB Behavior Change System, how to utilize the System to set goals and objectives, and measure results.

*This session is open to Keep America Beautiful affiliates only.
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Sara Nichols, State of Texas Alliance for Recycling
Sara Nichols is the Executive Director for the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), a nonprofit organization representing the diverse consortium of recycling professionals in Texas and beyond. At STAR, she implemented and now administers the Master Composter program, runs many successful industry events, facilitates private/public partnerships and stakeholder dialogue, and has been published in national trade publications. She has more than six years of experience in communications, with an emphasis on writing and copyediting. She holds a degree in print journalism from the University of Houston.

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Master Composter Local Coordinator Training Orientation
Pre-Conference Session
Monday, June 12 - 10:00 a.m.

In this session, you'll learn the ins and outs of the Master Composter Program and discover which resources STAR can provide for communities that want to host Master Composter training events. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with others who are interested in bringing backyard composting to their communities.

*This session requires a $25 fee for materials.
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Tara LevyTara Levy, Nonprofit Elements
Tara joined Nonprofit Elements after serving as Senior Consultant at Mission Capital for nearly a decade. She is an experienced trainer and consultant on nonprofit leadership and management. She is recognized as a leader in the field of nonprofit leadership transition, having developed and overseen Mission Capital’s Interim Executive Director program and served as the national Chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Executive Transitions and Leadership Succession Affinity Group. She has on-the-ground experience as Interim Executive Director for CASA of Travis County, Executive Director and Director of Operations of YouthLaunch (Urban Roots), and Director of Human Resources for Enspire Learning. Tara is also a 2011 recipient of Open Door Preschool’s Lack Family Visionary Volunteer Award, and recent board member and regular volunteer at Little Helping Hands, among other board and community leadership experiences.

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Identifying, Mitigating, and Managing Risks
Pre-Conference Session
Monday, June 12 - 10:00 a.m

We all serve nonprofits because we care deeply about the mission and are committed to making a measurable difference, but we cannot forget that we are running businesses with significant risks. In this workshop, we will help you develop an inventory of issues your organization may need to navigate and create an action plan with tactical next steps. We’ll discuss technology and social media, human resources, emergency plans (and communication plans to go with them), and insurance requirements related to running a successful nonprofit.

*This session requires a $25 fee for materials.


Successful Succession Planning
Monday, June 12 - 2:15 p.m.

Succession planning is kind of like writing a will. You know you should do it but don’t want to because it means facing a scary eventuality. However, having a comprehensive succession plan in place is an essential component of healthy nonprofit living. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to plan for succession of your top leadership, full staff, and key volunteers (including your board), and you will leave with concrete next steps to build a plan for your organization.
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Gretchen Flatau, Nonprofit Elements
Prior to joining Nonprofit Elements, Gretchen spent years doing independent nonprofit consulting in Austin. As part of her practice, she has served as Interim Executive Director for various organizations including the Waller Creek Conservancy, YouthLaunch (Urban Roots), and College Houses. Previously, Gretchen has served as the Executive Director for Women’s Advocacy Project (Texas Advocacy Project), Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (Learning Ally), The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, and College for All Texans Foundation. She was also the Director of Development and Marketing at the Austin Children’s Museum (Thinkery). In addition to abundant nonprofit board service, Gretchen has served on local and city-wide PTA boards, the AISD Budget Council, and Campus Advisory Councils, as well as serving as a volunteer with several health and education organizations. Gretchen started her professional career in nonprofits as a community organizer working with Boston public housing tenants and then in Austin with a statewide voter registration reform initiative.

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Identifying, Mitigating, and Managing Risks
Pre-Conference Session
Monday, June 12 - 10:00 a.m

We all serve nonprofits because we care deeply about the mission and are committed to making a measurable difference, but we cannot forget that we are running businesses with significant risks. In this workshop, we will help you develop an inventory of issues your organization may need to navigate and create an action plan with tactical next steps. We’ll discuss technology and social media, human resources, emergency plans (and communication plans to go with them), and insurance requirements related to running a successful nonprofit.

*This session requires a $25 fee for materials.


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