Nonprofit Communicators Conference

Raúl Hinojosa

The TCU Nonprofit Communicators Conference offers a convenient one-day training and support for nonprofit communication professionals through interactive workshops at an affordable cost. The annual event is open to any nonprofit communicators “looking for the best way to tell their stories,” said Ashley English, a conference cofounder and strategic communication assistant professor in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.

2024 conference

With advocacy as the theme, TCU’s 14th annual Nonprofit Communicators Conference is set for Friday, May 17, 2024. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in TCU’s Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center, 2820 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth.

Each year, the conference is organized by the Department of Strategic Communication in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.

The opening keynote speaker is Raúl Hinojosa, a higher education professional and nonprofit board member, to inspire us about advocacy and engagement with and for diverse and vulnerable people. Other panels include these topics: working with vulnerable populations, crisis communication, artificial intelligence, engaging with nonprofit board members, and pacing yourself for the advocacy journey. Please join us for continental breakfast, dynamic panels, workshops, lunch and networking with others. The cost is $35 and covers breakfast and luncheon.

Meet the speakers


May 17 Schedule

8:30 a.m. Check-in and light breakfast
(Sponsored by Aliah Henry, CEO, The Henry Group)
9-9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote
“Leading and Advocating for Equity Work: Plotting a Path Forward”

Raúl Hinojosa, DEIB Leader and Vice Chair, City of Richardson Community Inclusion and Engagement Commission

10-11 a.m. Two Concurrent Morning Workshops
Keynote debrief: Keep doing the work
Moderator: Adora Drake, Interim Director, Highspirits Essentials Marketing

  • Dani Bethune, Executive Director, C5 Youth Foundation
  • Whitnee Boyd, Ph.D., Director of Community Impact, North Texas Community Foundation
  • Raúl Hinojosa, DEIB Leader and Nonprofit Board Member
  • Angel Theodore, Marketing & Communication Specialist, M. Gale
Artificial intelligence and nonprofit communication
Moderator: Sarah Maben, Ph.D., Tarleton/TCU strategic communication profefssor

  • Tripp Westbrook, Chief Creative Officer, Firehouse
  • Corrie Brock, Director of Strategy, Firehouse


11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Two Concurrent Morning Panels
Getting nonprofit board members engaged and serving as influencers
Moderator: Leah Williams, President, DALA Communications

  • Cobi Lambert, Senior Director, Philanthropy, North Texas Food Bank
  • Stuart Williams,Senior Fundraising Consultant, DALA Communications
Crisis communication with advocacy in mind
Moderator: Ashley English, Ph.D., TCU Strategic Communication

  • Sherita Coffelt, Vice President, Mobility + Transportation, Hill + Knowlton Strategies
  • Reyne Telles, Chief Communications Officer, City of Fort Worth
12:15-1 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15-2:30 p.m. Afternoon Panel (plenary)
How to work with and advocate for the most vulnerable populations served by your nonprofit. Moderator: Jacque Lambiase, Ph.D., TCU Strategic Communication

  • Lauren King, Executive Director, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition
  • Scott Langston, Native American Nations and Communities Liaison, TCU
  • Gabe Madison, President, Bonton Farms
  • Jason Vallejo, Executive Director and Founder, Elevate North Texas
2:40-3:30 p.m. Closing Session
“Pacing Yourself for the Journey”

Ashley English, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
TCU Department of Strategic Communication

Questions or concerns? Please contact Jacque Lambiase at

About the conference

Drs Ashley English (left) and Jacqueline Lambiase (right) cofounded the TCU Nonprofit Communicators Conference.

Past sponsors and partners have included Wells Fargo, Volunteer Now, TXU Energy, UT Dallas Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, the DFW American Marketing Association, TCU Extended Education, TCU Neeley School of Business, the North Texas Community Foundation, the Texas Volunteer Management Conference, and Authentic Web Solutions.

The all-day conference was founded in 2009 by Drs. Jacqueline Lambiase and Ashley English at the University of North Texas through a Wells Fargo grant. It was held at University of Texas at Dallas in 2010, and since 2011, the conference has been at TCU.

Read more about 2023’s conference: 13th Annual NPCC Focuses on ‘Reigniting the Mission.’