Best of MemCon18

Fund Members attended MemCon18 May 2-4 at Hilton Austin to learn, connect, succeed, and enjoy what Austin has to offer.

Keynote Speaker
Alex Sheen

Alex Sheen, founder of because I said I would, brought many audience members to tears and a standing ovation as he shared the story of how his father's passing inspired him to found a nonprofit with the mission to fulfill promises. Alex encouraged attendees to follow through on their commitments as well. Members had the chance to meet him after the session and fill out a promise card.

View and download because I said I would meet and greet photos.

Alex Sheen and the because I said I would team are coming back to Texas the week of August 13-17. If you are interested in bringing the powerful messages and stories of promises, commitment and accountability directly to your administrators, teachers, and students, submit a request to have Alex speak and/or lead a workshop at your district convocation or school assembly.

Knowledge Café​

TASB Leadership Team Services (LTS) Consultant Orin Moore teaches attendees how to put the "community" back in "communication" in the Knowledge Café session.



Networking Reception

Attendees enjoyed eclectic tacos and the chance to visit at the end of the day Thursday, May 3, at the Austin Taco Project. The networking reception was one of many opportunities to socialize and learn from peers.

First-Time Attendees Orientation (New)

First-time attendees had the chance to meet TASB staff, learn tips about how to get the most out of the conference, and even play an interactive game. 


Excellence Award Recipients

The Fund honored Excellence Award recipients at the Membership Luncheon and Excellence Awards Ceremony. Recipients include Aquilla ISD, Bonham ISD, Dime Box ISD, Katy ISD, Klein ISD, Manor ISD, Round Rock ISD, San Felipe Del Rio CISD, Temple ISD, and Wylie ISD.


Coverage Credit Drawing Recipients

At the close of the conference, three members were selected to receive $1,000, $3,000, and $5,000 in coverage credit. 

Recipients included Robin Johnson, McDade ISD ($1,000); Michael Pointer, Killeen ISD ($3,000); and Eric Beam, Sanger ISD ($5,000).

Members also had the opportunity to complete a member survey for a chance to win an extra $1,000 in coverage credit.

The recipient for this drawing was Gabriela Borquez, Harlingen ISD.




Education Sessions

The conference curriculum included educational sessions led by subject matter experts, covering hot topics such as Title IX, workers' compensation, Fund resources, contracts, cybersecurity, and more.


General Sessions

What Do We Do Now? What You Need to Know about OCR’s New Approach for Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Kenyatta (Ken) Braggs, school law attorney with Brackett & Ellis, P.C. and former OCR attorney, highlighted the recent policy changes and offered practical insights on how these changes will impact the duty to respond to incidents when they occur. 

Practical Considerations after the Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

A panel of emergency management experts presented strategies on how
K-12 schools and colleges can prepare for and respond to school shootings from three perspectives (preparedness, assessment, and response). Presenters included TASB Risk Management Services Emergency Management and School Security Consultant Melanie Moss, TASB Legal Services Division Director Joy Baskin, Executive Director of Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Pete Blair, and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD General Counsel Marney Collins Sims.

Rapid Fire Showcase (New) 

TASB services and Fund vendors had the chance to showcase their services, products, and talent during a three-minute skit in the new Rapidfire Showcase. The winner Vector Solutions/SafeSchools, was chosen by the audience, receiving a trophy and bragging rights for the year.

Participants included Will Jaramillo and Eddie Contreras, First Public;  Laurie Woodel and Ehrikka Hodge, TASB Special Education Solutions; Karen O’Grady, Amber Meinardus, and Gary Marek, TASB Facilities Services; Marissa Trak and Adrian Porras, TASB Business Services; Milton Simmons and Elaina Broadwell, Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB); and Jim  Nulsen and Andrew Deitschel, Vector Solutions/SafeSchools.

Rapid Fire Showcase Facebook Live Video

MemCon18 Session Handouts

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