The Forum – Irving

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Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, the 2020 ED/PD Forum has been cancelled. For information on all of our events visit our COVID-19 webpage.

The 2020 Executive Director and Program Director Annual Forum will take place on Thursday, May 7 – Friday May 8, at The Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

This year’s forum will feature best-selling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change, Michelle Gielan. She is also an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.

The Forum will also feature speakers on Community-Based Care, other changes affecting the child welfare system, CASA messaging and the media, and other topics.

Registration cost is $75 per person and includes lunch on Thursday and Friday and dinner on Thursday.

Agenda (Subject to change)

Thursday, May 7

11:30 a.m. | Check-in opens

12:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 p.m. | Community-based Care Panel

2:45 p.m. | Feedback from child-welfare focus groups on how CASA is performing and what improvements can be made.

3:45 p.m. | What’s on the horizon for the legislature and Texas CASA

4:30 | Adjourn

5:00 | Happy Hour (cash bar)

6:00 | Dinner

Friday, May 8

8:30 a.m. | Liminal Changes (program growth and profiles discussion)

9:00 a.m. | “Broadcasting Happiness” by Michelle Gielan

10:15 a.m. | CASA Effectiveness

12:00 p.m. | Lunch

12:45 p.m. | CASA /messaging

1:15 p.m. | Network Needs and Texas CASA Updates

2:30 | Closing Remarks

Hotel Information

Westin Irving Convention Center Las Colinas
400 West Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, TX 75039 | Map

A discounted room rate of $169/night is available for the night of May 7, 2020. To reserve your room, call 888-627-8457 and refer to the group name Texas CASA. The discounted rate is available until April 8 or until the block is filled.

We hope to see you there!