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.





*Breakout Session topic will be available soon!

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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)


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

Get the 2nd Gift

Peggy Berry, CFRE

Keep first-time donors coming back! Nonprofits of every size can implement proven strategies for acquiring a second gift from first time donors while building relationships for a lifetime of giving.

So, Who is Next?

Mike Ballew, East Texas Area Council

Who will fill the next inevitable staff or board vacancy and what is your organization doing in preparation? We will discuss succession planning and other key elements needed to make for smoother transitions in your organization.

Building Ambassadors, not Just Board Members

Brian Brandt, Core Insights

Imagine board members that are thrilled to serve the organization, well beyond the board meeting. Are you setting the bar high, and creating a structure that allows them to thrive? Identify key elements and proven strategies for success.

Creating Content for Social Media

East Texas Center for Nonprofits

This session will focus on social media content and engagement, so bring your questions and we will share some practical guidance. With a clear strategy for your Social Media you will be able to put what you learn into practice immediately!

Disaster Philanthropy: Funding Recovery

Kyle Penney, ETCF

Disaster philanthropy is a vital part of helping communities recover from catastrophic events. We will discuss the 4 stages of disaster, the important role organizations play, & learn practical steps you can take to be prepared when disaster strikes.

Development Strategies for Generations

Marilyn Abegg-Glass & Kenny Sigler

How do you balance engaging millennials without neglecting your existing donors? We will discuss generational similarities & differences in the areas of relationship building, mail campaigns, stewardship, & special events.

Game Changers: Successful Strategies

Kim Beckham

A game changer is an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift. What if there were a new idea, belief, or change in behavior that would be a game changer for you? Even a small change can have a profound impact on your organization, family, or life.

Measure, Manage, & Motivate

Micheal Lavender & Andy Moers

“Ready-Reporting” for Boards & Donors: See how tracking & analyzing data translates to reaching & maintaining your organization's goals. Walk away with an understanding of how facts & figures will comfort directors & inspire donors!