First ever RGV Nonprofit Business Summit takes place Aug. 9


First ever RGV Nonprofit Business Summit takes place Aug. 9

headshot-ceciliaabbottThe University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host the first RGV Nonprofit Business Summit Aug. 9, offering tools and ideas for sustainable success, networking opportunities, and session and keynote presentations by social change experts from the region and the country.

Kicking off the event is Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, who recently launched Texanthrophy, an initiative to promote volunteerism and service to others. She coined the phrase “Texanthropy,” which combines the two things the Texas First Lady is most passionate about: Texas and philanthropy.

“The theme of our summit is build, connect and promote, and we want our participants to explore collaborative approaches to solving community problems,” said Veronica Gonzales, UTRGV vice president for Governmental and Community Relations. “We are honored to have Mrs. Abbott join us. Her message will be so important to our participants.”

The summit takes place at the Region One Education Service Center, 1900 W. Schunior in Edinburg from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breakout sessions will be available on a variety of topics with different tracks geared to public health, leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Participants also will hear from strategic partnership expert Barbara Harrington, founder of Sponsorship Plus, who will share a look at how leaders from business, nonprofits, government and academia can come together to meet complex challenges.

“Our participants will leave this conference with a new vision of what is possible when stakeholders unite and have the tools needed to take action right away,” said Cristina Trejo-Vasquez, UTRGV assistant vice president for Community Engagement and Assessment.

Seating is limited, so registration is encouraged. Registration is available online. For more information or special accommodations, call 665-3361.