Program Information

General sessions

Keynote Speaker
Merlyna Valentine

When: Thursday, May 2, 8:30–10 a.m.
Where: Texas Ballroom

Merlyna Mathieu Valentine is a national speaker, author, consultant, and owner of Merlyna Valentine Consulting, LLC. As a well-respected educator for over 30 years, she served as a teacher, principal, and executive director in a highly successful school district. In 2007, her life was forever changed when she was given less than a 10 percent chance of surviving sepsis. Instead of focusing on what happened and what was missing from her life, she embraced this new path with a positive attitude. Her passion for living life to the fullest captivates audiences and inspires them to focus on their purpose. Merlyna will share the story of her near-death experience and choosing the path of positivity. Her compelling message has the power to inspire all of us to face adversity and embrace change.


Annual Membership Luncheon and Excellence Awards Ceremony

When: Thursday, May 2,
noon–1:15 p.m.
Where: Texas Ballroom

Our members strive for excellence in everything they do, and for more than a decade, the Excellence Awards program has reflected the myriad ways they succeed. Celebrate your peers’ achievements and learn about their creative solutions to risk management challenges.


Legislative Update

When: Friday, May 3, 10:15–11 a.m.
Where: Texas Ballroom

The 86th Texas Legislature is in session, and TASB is hard at work advocating for public education. Learn about legislation that could impact educational entities and risk management.


Protecting Staff and Student Data: Examining Cyber Risk in Education

When: Friday, May 3, 11 a.m.–noon
Where: Texas Ballroom

Schools collect and store a veritable treasure trove of sensitive data. The combination of valuable records and stretched budgets makes schools and educational entities attractive targets for cybercriminals. A panel of cybersecurity specialists and district personnel will share their perspectives on the growing cyber risk faced by Texas schools. Attendees will learn about the elements of a strong information security program, practical steps they can take to improve data security at their organizations, and how to respond in the wake of a cyber incident.

Special events

Kickoff Reception

When: Wednesday, May 1,
5:30–7 p.m.
Where: Marker 10 Bar,
Hyatt Regency, Lobby level

Celebrate the start of another fun, informative, and motivational conference. Network with fellow risk management professionals and TASB staff to help kick the conference into high gear! Two complimentary drink tickets will be provided in your conference packet. Registration required.


First-Time Attendee Breakfast and Orientation

When: Thursday, May 2,
7:30–8:15 a.m.
Where: Zilker Conference Center

We want your first Members’ Conference experience to be the best! Join us for this special gathering, where you will meet TASB staff, network with other first-time attendees, and learn tips to help you get the most out of the conference. The orientation provides a fun and interactive setting to get acquainted before the conference officially begins. Registration required.


Dutch Dine-Around

When: Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m.

Looking to meet other risk management professionals and make new connections? We’re partnering with several restaurants for a taste of popular Austin dining and informal networking. Choose from a selection of local hot spots and dine with other attendees in small groups. Restaurants will provide separate checks so that individuals may pay for their own meals. Instructions and restaurant information will be sent to registrants prior to the conference. Limited space will be available, so reserve your seat at the table today! Registration required.


Breakfast and Regional Meetups

When: Friday, May 3, 7:30 a.m.
Where: Texas Ballroom

Share ideas and collaborate with other risk management professionals during this breakfast event. Attendees will be seated by region and led through a guided activity designed to make connections and deepen knowledge of risk management topics. Don’t forget to bring extra business cards! Registration required.


Coverage Credit Drawings

When: Friday, May 3, noon
Where: Texas Ballroom

Enter for a chance to receive $1,000, $3,000, or $5,000 in credit toward next year’s coverage. Instructions for participating will be available prior to the conference.

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Agenda and Session Descriptions

View the full agenda and session descriptions to help plan your experience.

Showcase of TASB Services and Fund Vendors

Visit the Showcase of TASB services and Fund vendors to gather information and resources to share with your organization Thursday, May 2 from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at the Zilker Conference Center.