What is Bright Ideas?

Bright Ideas is the gathering of East Texas nonprofit and business leaders with the purpose of collaborating and putting our ideas in motion.


Who Should Attend

The 2019 conference offers something for just about everyone on your team, including directors, managers, program staff, and even board members.


Why Attend?

It will be a full day of important Nonprofit Capacity Building Content and a ONE OF A KIND Luncheon featuring Josh Sundquist.



Josh Sundquist is a motivational speaker who has inspired audiences across the world. His speeches blend humor and heartfelt storytelling to inspire people to discover their 1MT1MT (One More Thing, One More Time). Josh is an in-demand keynote speaker for conferences of salespeople, leaders, and other professionals.





8:00AM- 8:30AM     Doors Open: Registration/Light Breakfast & Exhibits

8:30AM- 9:45AM     Breakout Sessions #1

9:45AM- 10:00AM     Break/Networking & Exhibits

10:00AM- 11:15AM     Breakout Sessions #2

11:15AM- 11:30AM     Break/Networking & Exhibits

11:30AM- 1:00PM     Awards Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Josh Sundquist

1:00PM- 1:30PM     Break/Networking & Exhibitors

1:30PM- 2:45PM     Breakout Sessions #3

2:45PM- 3:00PM     Closing ETCN Give-A-Ways (Downstairs)

Breakout Sessions 

Leadership: It Really is All About YOU!

Amy Baskin, Young Audiences of Northeast Texas, ED

Leadership starts with the self. Leaders who want to create productive workplaces that motivate and encourage followers to bring their best every day, need to start by looking inward. In this workshop, we will look at core competencies of leadership and explore ways to develop the authentic leadership behaviors that will move your organization to successfully achieving your mission.

"A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal: Creating a Culture of Inclusion"

Kim Lewis, Goodwill Industries of East Texas, President & CEO

If you don’t have a seat at the table, you will be a part of the meal, or, as they say down South, “You will be discussed!" Others will satisfy their appetites for superiority or ill-informed biases to dish out what they think about those not present at the table. Check the biases within your organization and find the tools needed to create a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Effective Communication Strategies to Elevate Your Cause

Susan Anderson, Serving Orphans Worldwide, Development & Communications

Effective communication can be a vital tool to elevate your cause and in turn, allow your organization to have a greater impact on the populations you serve and the community at large. In this session, you will learn practical communication strategies and best practices that you can implement today, no matter how big or small your organization.

Planning Next Steps for Maximum Impact

Brandon Davidson, Next Step Community Solutions, Program Director

Strategic planning and how to give funders outcomes that they want is vital to the stability of your organization! This session will address the programmatic component of nonprofit operations, detailing how activities of the organization provide the vehicle for delivering on the agency's mission, along with how to measure outcomes and communicate your impact.

Understanding the 990

Joel Ghrist, Henry & Peters, CPA

The nonprofit tax return, or form 990, can be an intimidating and confusing document to prepare for, let alone fill out. This tutorial is aimed at helping nonprofit finance professionals, and management to understand the basics of 990 reporting and to better prepare to have it filled out by a tax professional.

Self-Fortification: Building Resilience to Burn Out

Pam Anderson, Compacity, Nonprofit Mentor

Self-Care is not a new concept, but it is gaining ground in this harried world we live in. Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. Self-Fortification will provide morning, midday and bedtime easy to implement routines to reduce stress and build resilience to burn-out.

BBB Charity Review - Why Disclosure Brings Greater Exposure

Mechele Mills, BBB Serving Central East Texas, President & CEO

Tending Your Garden Without A Green Thumb

Laura Miller, CASA for Kids of East Texas, Director of Volunteer Engagement

A vibrant and beautiful garden requires tilling, planting seeds, fertilizing, watering, and pulling weeds. We can maintain a vibrant garden of volunteers with the same practices. In this session, we will explore ideas to plant, grow, and maintain our gardens of volunteers so they attractively complete the mission of our organizations. We will share tips and ideas for recruiting, retaining, recognizing, and sometimes releasing our most precious commodities.

Do you know what your BRAND is?

Brandon Crist, Brand Mentors, Owner & CEO

Learn why you should know the answer to that question and what you can do about it. Brandon Crist, of Brand Mentors, will discuss the specifics of having a successful brand. In this session, you will evaluate your brand and walk away with a solid list of action items.


Green Acres Crosswalk Conference Center

1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler, TX 75701

For questions or more information, contact:

slamb@uwtyler.org OR

(903) 581-6376 x107