The 53rd Annual Virtual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference:
Building resiliency and community through times of change
Our conference has gone virtual! Amid the ever-changing landscape surrounding COVID-19, the KTB Board of Directors made the decision to offer a virtual experience in lieu of the Houston event scheduled for September this year. This was a difficult decision to make because our conference has always served as an opportunity to bring our entire network together, under one roof, to learn and network. But, your health and safety are our top priority, and we are committed to providing an equally valuable experience for you.
Our Virtual KTB Conference will be a two-day event held on August 25-26 from 9 am to 5 pm each day. You'll be able to hear from experts in educational sessions, chat with other attendees, network digitally, join interactive activities and a private Facebook group, and more.
And at this year’s conference, you will still be able to:
- celebrate and recognize the achievements of community leaders, inspiring youth, civic groups, businesses, and governments;
- experience sessions that are filled with innovative approaches to community beautification, waste reduction, and litter prevention;
- find networking opportunities and engaging presentations from knowledgeable experts and those with a passion for the environment.
Why did the conference go virtual this year?
Amid the ever-changing landscape surrounding COVID-19, the KTB Board of Directors made the decision to offer a virtual experience in lieu of the Houston event scheduled for September this year for the safety of all of our attendees. This was a difficult decision to make because our conference has always served as an opportunity to bring our entire network together, under one roof, to learn and network. But, your health and safety are our top priority, and we are committed to providing an equally valuable experience for you.
This decision also came after we surveyed affiliates on their current needs and changes surrounding the virus. We received consistent feedback that budgets for travel and professional development have been affected. So, we wanted to make sure to offer an educational experience that was inclusive to all during these challenging times.
What can I expect? Who are the speakers?
We will announce our conference speakers and panelists in late June. This year's conference theme is building resiliency and community through times of change. You'll engage with presenters and subject matter experts with insights into the challenges faced by Texans today. You'll also find the great content you've come to expect at our conference from affiliates across Texas and our many partner organizations.
How much are tickets?
Two-day, full access tickets are $99.
How will registration work?
Similar to our in-person conference, each ticket allows one person to attend. You will need to register and pay for each ticket separately. Each email address can only be used to purchase one ticket. Each conference registration ticket allows one person to join the two-day virtual conference experience. You will access the conference by logging in with the email address and password that you used to purchase the ticket.
Instruction: Click here to register for the conference. If the link does not work, try accessing from Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. Then, click "Check Out" to pay for your registration. Next, enter your name, email address you want to be associated with this registration and create a password. *Please note you should have this password saved to access the conference. Next, you will be able to insert credit card information and register.
I was a GCAA judge. Will I get a discounted registration?
You will receive a link to purchase your ticket with a $25 discount applied automatically, no code necessary.
How long will the sessions be?
Sessions will range from one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes. You'll be able to interact with the panelists during all sessions through a built-in chat feature and interactive polls.
Will there be breaks and lunch breaks?
Absolutely! Everyone needs to stretch their legs. There will be 15-minute breaks between sessions and an hour break for lunch. We'll also have guided breaks with mini yoga and meditation sessions.
What kind of internet connection do I need?
We recommend a stable internet connection. To improve your connection speed, turn off other devices like smart TVs and avoid streaming to devices like tablets or phones.
What kind of hardware do I need?
You will need a computer and computer speakers or the ability to use headphones through your computer.
Our conference platform has a mobile app with limited features. While still in beta, you can join from phones and tablets with limited functionality. You can view the Stage, view Sessions, view Expo, chat, and use the Networking features of our event. Closer to the event, we will send out detailed instructions about how to join the online conference.
Can I access without a webcam or speakers?
You can access the conference without a webcam. You will need a computer with a headphone jack or speakers to access the audio function. At this time, there is not a call-in option for the conference audio.
Will I need to download any software or programs?
No, you will not need to download any additional software or programs. Our conference platform is accessible from the web. Currently, our platform is accessible from Desktop (web) on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Other independent browsers that accept webRTC technology may be compatible. Please note that Safari is not fully compatible for video. Explorer/Edge is not compatible.
Will recordings of the conference be available?
Ticketed conference attendees will have access to recordings after the conference closes.
How can I help out?
With the shift to an online event, the KTB staff is able to support all conference functions and does not need volunteer help at this time. But we love volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills, please reach out to your local KTB affiliate.
I had previously purchased a 2020 conference ticket for your in-person event. Will my registration transfer?
We issued full refunds to the original payment method for your original registration. We hope you will register to attend this new, virtual conference with us and gain a similar educational experience from the comfort of your own home!
I had a reservation at The Westin Galleria. What will happen with my reservation?
If you've made a reservation with The Westin Galleria, please call (888) 236-2427 to cancel your reservation. You can cancel up to two days before your reservation at no charge.
The KTB Annual Conference will be held from Tuesday, August 25 through Wednesday August 26. At this time, we are still finalizing sessions and schedule details. Check back soon for updates!
Pre-conference Session: Board Essentials
August 24, 2pm - 4pmJoin us for this special pre-conference session of Board Essentials. This training is free for all affiliates as a benefit of your membership and $25 for all non-affiliate attendees.
You’ll learn about and discuss the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members, and we’ll focus on the unique board leadership needs of KTB affiliates. A pre-session survey will be sent to attendees who register to better understand their current board structure, demographics, and needs related to board service. The collected data will be shared with session attendees and help inform the Board Essentials workshop.By the end of this workshop you will be able to:
Who should attend?
- Identify the top 10 roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards
- Understand the role of staff vs the board, differentiating between governance and management
- List best practices for board recruitment, retention, and evaluation
- Outline effective strategies for financial oversight, especially in times of crisis
- Explain how you can help your organization raise funds and awareness
- New and existing KTB affiliate board members who want to serve their organizations well
- Staff members of KTB affiliates with nonprofit designation who want a stronger grasp of the board’s role in nonprofit effectiveness and oversight
- Anyone interested in serving on a Board
Pamela Benson Owens is the President and CEO of Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc and is currently serving as the Acting Executive Director of Six Square. For 23+ years Pam has owned Edge of Your Seat Consulting, a unique consulting firm that is dedicated to assisting for-profit, nonprofit, and faith-based entities.
She serves on the faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Austin Community College and enjoys helping fundraising professionals in understanding not only the fundamentals of fundraising but also donor motivations.
Join us at our annual conference for Pamela's keynote, "The Anatomy of Resilience: Be Tired But Don’t You Quit."
Director of Consulting, Mission Capital
Pre-conference Session: Board Essentials with Mission Capital, August 24, 2pm - 4pm
Megan oversees Mission Capital’s team of consulting experts. She has served the Central Texas nonprofit community for more than 20 years largely working in fundraising and nonprofit administration. Her strengths lie in being strategic, a problem solver, a people manager, and a thought partner. She has contributed at a leadership level in improving workplace culture and supporting teams and leaders experiencing growing pains. Managing through change is one of Megan’s strong suits and something she enjoys immensely.
Check back soon for additional speaker announcements and our conference schedule!
Please join us in thanking and recognizing our conference supporters.
Thank you to our conference exhibitors. During our conference, you'll be able to explore and interact with our booths online!
Please join us in thanking and recognizing the outstanding commitment of our organizational supporters who support our mission throughout the year.
Check out highlights from our past conferences:
View conference candids, award photos and our GCAA winner's video from Rockwall.
View pictures online from our past events.