For Immediate Release.

Angela Hale – 512.289.2995,
Rick Gipprich, Jr. – 210.310.8502,

Austin, Texas – The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) invite leaders to attend a two day conference tailored specifically for Executive Directors of family violence and sexual assault programs across Texas.

This year’s Conference once again takes place at the Westin Hotel at the Domain on Wednesday February 13th, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and Thursday February 14th, from 9:00am to 5:30 pm.

Executive directors are expected to have an impossibly large set of skills to help their agencies thrive. Common concerns such as fundraising, board relationships, staff management and program development impact program leaders on a daily basis. This year’s conference continues to build on the skill-set of programs and offer “leadership elevating” sessions.

“Bringing together leaders who shape their respective communities response to the complex needs of victims is essential. They not only learn from key presenters on relevant topics, they also learn from one another. These practices keep us focused on providing the safety, empowerment, tools and resources that best serve families in crisis,” says Gloria A. Terry, President of TCFV.

Victims of sexual and domestic do not differentiate sexual assault services from those carved for family violence. What they do seek are sensitive and knowledgeable advocates, resources, and assistance to take the first successful steps towards becoming survivors.

As programs continue to expand our vision for leaders in Texas working with these vulnerable populations, they determined that a true and genuine partnership between coalitions provides the greatest opportunities for success. TCFV and TAASA work jointly to maximize efforts for developing impeccable services across the state for lives disrupted by violence.

“This conference gives the leadership of sexual assault and domestic violence agencies across the state an opportunity to enhance their skill sets on myriad issues impacting non-profits. It’s more important today than ever to foster strong, efficient, and well-managed organizations that both serve victims and positively impact their respective communities,” says Annette Burrhus-Clay, Executive Director of TAASA.

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

  • Anne Pritchard Grady who captivated many executive directors last year in her “standing-room only” breakout sessions on leadership and productivity as one of our plenary speakers.
  • Cat Fribley with the Resource Sharing Project will engage us in discussion on succession planning and managing executive leadership transitions. She will focus on creating cultures that normalize these discussions in order to better prepare for these transitions.
  • Celinda Lake, founder and president of the nation’s most respected polling firms, will outline findings from national public opinion that researched voters’ attitudes toward violence against girls and women. She will offer recommendations for broaching the topic that will prompt action.
  • Nan Stoops, Executive Director and participant in Move to End Violence pilot cohort, will explore the future of the Violence Against Women Movement and lead us in discussion about the road ahead.

TAASA and TCFV hope that by joining forces they can unite the strong voices of the violence against women movement in Texas and provide vital resources to our members.

The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is the statewide organization committed to ending sexual violence in Texas. A non-profit educational and advocacy organization based in Austin, TAASA member agencies comprise a statewide network of more than 80 crisis centers that serve rural as well as metropolitan areas. Founded in 1982, the agency has a strong record of success in community education, legal services, youth outreach, law enforcement training, legislative advocacy, and curricula and materials development. Additional information about TAASA can be found at

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), formed in 1978, is one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation. TCFV promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence. For more information visit