Speakers

Our speakers were chosen for their expertise and experience in fundraising events. Each of them has volunteered their time and knowledge to share with you in order to help you plan a better fundraising event. Please join us in thanking them for their valuable time!

Professional & Expert Event-Planning Speakers

Cassie LaMere

Event Marketing Director, Lexus of Austin
http://www.lexusofaustin.com/

Mia Washington

Corporate, Social and Nonprofit Event Planner, Mia the Event Diva
http://miaeventdiva.com/

Gayle Stallings, CAI, BAS

Auctioneer and Benefit Auction Consultant, FUNAuctions
http://funauctions.net/

Lance Avery Morgan

Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director, The Society Diaries
http://www.thesocietydiaries.com

Brett Barnes, CFRE, CFRM

Vice President of Development, Long Center
http://thelongcenter.org/
Rob Giardinelli

Rob Giardinelli

Associate Editor, The Society Diaries
http://thesocietydiaries.com/

Robert Godwin

Photojournalist, Keep Austin Giving
http://keepaustingiving.org/

Laura Villagran Johnson

Events Director, KLRU-TV and Creative Director at Austin Social Planner
http://austinsocialplanner.com/
Lisa Trahan

Lisa Trahan

Director of Communications, St. David's Foundation
https://stdavidsfoundation.org/
Missy Strittmatter

Missy Stritmatter

Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House Charities
http://rmhc-ctx.org/

Michael Barnes

Columnist, Austin American-Statesman
austin360.com/outandabout

Lorie DuPont

Co-founder, & Chairwoman, MyRollCall
https://www.myrollcall.com/

Emily Franke

Development Manager, Special Events Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
http://rmhc-ctx.org/

Celeste Flores

Executive Director, I Live Here, I Give Here
www.ILiveHereIGiveHere.org

Blake Absher

Austin Market President, BB&T
https://www.bbt.com/

Denise Bradley

Vice President of Communication and Community Affairs, St. David's HealthCare
http://stdavids.com/home/
Heath Hale

Heath Hale

Head Auctioneer, Heath Hale Auctioneers
http://www.hhauctioneers.com/
Nicole Jensen

Nicole Jensen

Owner & Chief Experience Officer, Austin Tour Company
http://www.austintourcompany.com/
Cory Wilson-Barrera

Cory Wilson-Barrera

Senior Catering Manager, Hyatt Regency Austin
https://austin.regency.hyatt.com/
Sandy Alcala

Sandy Alcala

Owner/Designer at EPIC Event Design
http://www.epiceventdesign.com/

Nick Streeby

Owner, Texas Poker Supply and GIANT Events
http://texaspokersupply.com/

Terry Quinn

Chief Development Officer, Texas Tribune
http://www.texastribune.org
Tobie Funte Flannery

Tobie Funte Flannery

Owner, Pilates, Bodies & Barre and Community Volunteer
http://pilatesbodiesaustin.com/
Jennifer Stevens

Jennifer Stevens

President and CEO, JHL Company/ Austin Best Events
http://jhlcompany.com/ http://austinbestevents.com/