Volunteer Power Unleashed Summit – San Antonio

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Texas CASA’s third Volunteer Power Unleashed Summit will take place in San Antonio on Feb. 19-20, 2020.

Over the two days, you’ll hear from experts on storytelling, engaging volunteers from communities of color, faith-based recruitment, the volunteer life-cycle and using social media to create awareness and attract volunteers. Then put your knowledge to the test in the fast-paced, interactive Pursuit of the Peak challenge. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk with your fellow recruiters to share ideas and discuss challenges. Get ready to take your recruitment skills to the top with a little bit of competition and a whole lot of fun!


Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Landmark
5615 Landmark Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78249 | Map


Pricing: $30/person

Registration is limited to four participants from each program and can include anyone involved with recruitment such as recruiters, executive directors, board members and volunteers.


Refund Policy: Substitutions will be allowed, but no refunds will be given for cancellations. To substitute a registrant, contact Communications & Awareness Specialist Lindsey Lee at llee@texascasa.org.

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A discounted room rate of $139 plus tax/night is available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Landmark. The discounted rate is available through January 31, 2020, or until the block is filled. 

To reserve your room, call (210) 600-5195 and refer to the Volunteer Power Unleashed Summit room block. The discounted rate is available for the nights of Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Meals provided

Wednesday, Feb. 19 | Lunch & Snack
Thursday, Feb. 20 | Lunch

Breakfast is included with your stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Landmark.


Business casual, or feel free to represent CASA and your program with a CASA shirt!


Wednesday, Feb. 19
Check-in Opens | 8:30 a.m.
Welcome | 9:00 a.m.
     featuring Dennise Jackson, Statewide Recruitment Officer, and Vicki Spriggs, Texas CASA CEO
Meet the Climbers
Gather Your Tools, Part 1 | Weekend Language
     featuring Keynote Speaker Andy Craig, Author & Coach
Lunch Provided | 12:00 p.m.
Gather Your Tools, Part 2 | Hot Topics
     featuring Lisa Joyslin, Eric Porter, Keri McDonald, Paola Herrera & Emily Price
Break | Snack Included
Pursuit of the Peak Introduction & Day 1 Reflection
Build Your Flag

Thursday, Feb. 20
Pursuit of the Peak | 9:00 a.m.
Lunch Provided & Big Voices for Little Texans® Award Ceremony | 12:00 p.m.
Plant Your Flag
Climb Further Together | Network With Your Fellow Recruiters
Where Do We Go From Here? | Texas CASA Updates
Day 2 Reflection & Closing


Andy Craig

Andy is a presentation coach who teaches executives to talk more on the weekdays like they do on the weekends – when they are at their best as storytellers. He has coached and counseled hundreds of executives around the world over the past 27 years for presentations and storytelling. He is founder of Andy Craig Coaching LLC, and co-author of the book, “Weekend Language: Presenting with More Stories & Less PowerPoint.”

lisa joyslin

Lisa Joyslin is the Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager at the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) and has over 15 years experience working in volunteer engagement. Her work is focused on volunteerism in communities of color and promoting racial equity and inclusion in volunteer programs at nonprofit and government organizations.


Eric is the founder and president of Backyard Orphans and for the past 9 years, he has been a full-time, orphan care missionary with the vision to train Church leaders to develop a foster care, adoption, and support ministry. His team has placed over 700 children in homes over the past seven years.


Keri McDonald is a Jane of All Trades when it comes to non-profit and public sector organizations– she has served in a variety of roles from caseworker at CPS to recruitment at TX CASA to fundraiser at an Austin non-profit. She currently owns her own consulting business for non-profits in which she focuses primarily on communications and grant fundraising.

Paola Herrera

Paola is a research-oriented individual who begins her process by conducting thorough research of current best practices in the industry. Paola has also assisted in content curation and copy-writing as well as running social media contests, sweepstakes, and giveaways. She has also assisted in securing influencer and social media partnerships as well as promoting events through social media. Paola has experience running paid advertisements through social media, including Snapchat Filters.

Emily Price

Throughout her over 10-year career in marketing and public relations, Emily’s been connected to the CASA cause in some capacity, either as an employee, volunteer or as brand advocate. As a partner with the Texas CASA team for over four years, she collaborates with the Texas CASA team and agency team in development and execution of all statewide recruitment and awareness campaign deliverables. She has a keen understanding of the evolving role of a CASA volunteer and the unique challenges local programs encounter.


If you have any questions, contact Statewide Recruitment Officer, Dennise Jackson at djackson@texascasa.org or Communications & Awareness Specialist Lindsey Lee at llee@texascasa.org.