2015 Summer Conference Schedule

       

 

Conference Schedule

 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29                                      
8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
NAHRO Committee Meetings
 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Check in at 11:45 a.m.
Certification Exams Testing Period
This is one of three opportunities to sit for any NAHRO Certification Exam during the Summer Conference.  For those with more than 5 years’ experience in the housing and community development industry, the exam is the main requirement to get NAHRO Certified.  Your experience may waive education/training requirements.  Full listing of certifications and their requirements is at www.nahro.org.  Pre-Registration is required at www.nahro.org/certification-exams.  $200 fee per exam.  Questions?  Contact NAHRO Certification at certification@nahro.org or 877-866-2476.
 
1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.         
Conference Registration Opens for Attendees                                     
 
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
First-time Attendees Overview
First-time conference attendees should attend this interactive session to get the most out of the Summer Conference experience.  Tips and tools will be provided to help one effectively navigate the conference.
 
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
NAHRO welcomes attendees to Austin with a kick-off reception. Enjoy light fare while networking with colleagues and friends. Lourdes M. Castro Ramirez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, of the Office of Public & Indian Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will speak and visit with attendees.

 

 
 
 
THURSDAY, JULY 30     
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.         
Conference Registration/NAHRO Center Open
 
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.         
Continental Breakfast
 
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Opening Plenary Session
Feature Speaker: HUD Secretary Julián Castro

Julián Castro was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014. In this role, Castro oversees 8,000 employees and a budget of $46 billion, using a performance-driven approach to achieve the Department's mission of expanding opportunity for all Americans.  As Secretary, Castro's focus is ensuring that HUD is a transparent, efficient and effective champion for the people it serves. Utilizing an evidence-based management style, he has charged the Department with one goal: giving every person, regardless of their station in life, new opportunities to thrive.

 
 
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
 
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
In an effort to make training for commissioners more accessible, NAHRO Professional Development is offering Summer Conference registrants a special opportunity to attend our Commissioners’ Fundamentals seminar, while also attending the conference.  The seminar will run parallel to concurrent sessions, meaning that seminar attendees will have full access to all of the NAHRO Summer Conference’s main events, including plenaries and receptions.  Commissioners’ Fundamentals explores the roles and responsibilities of commissioners, enhancing participants’ understanding of the commissioner's multi-faceted position as advocate, leader, team-builder, strategist, and more. Increase your effectiveness as a board member and leader, while exploring the intricacies of board-staff relationships – and boundaries. The seminar also provides an excellent training foundation for new commissioners.  Seminar attendees receive a Certificate of Completion and earn 1.2 Continuing Education Units. 
 
1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Commissioners' Fundamentals Seminar, Part 2
 
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
 
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
 
All conference attendees are invited to attend a free documentary screening of The Homestretch. Discussion will follow with one of the film’s directors, Anne de Mare, and Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness. The Homestretch follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers— Kasey, Anthony, and Roque—will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph.
                        
 
FRIDAY, JULY 31                              
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.         
Conference Registration/NAHRO Center Open
 
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  
Awards of Merit Showcase with Continental Breakfast
Featuring the 2015 NAHRO Agency Awards of Merit recipients, the showcase will offer a first-hand look at some of the innovative programs and services being developed by agencies throughout the country.
 
9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Commissioners' Fundamentals Seminar, Part 3
 
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.           
Concurrent Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
International Research & Global Exchange Committee Brown Bag Luncheon
 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Emerging Leaders Brown Bag Luncheon
                                    
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  
Concurrent Sessions
  
1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Commissioners' Fundamentals Seminar, Part 4
                                                               
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  
Concurrent Sessions
 
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Check in at 4:15 p.m.
Certification Exams Testing Period
Pre-Registration is required at www.nahro.org/certification-exams.  $200 fee per exam.  Questions?  Contact NAHRO Certification at certification@nahro.org or 877-866-2476.
 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Conference Volunteer Activity
 
NAHRO’s Housing America campaign aims to educate decision-makers, media and the general public about the good work that NAHRO members and other housing and community development professionals do to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to our nation’s most vulnerable populations. During NAHRO’s Summer Conference, the Housing America campaign will host a game night for senior and disabled residents of Austin’s Lakeside Apartments. Join your peers and donate your time and effort to residents of this Austin affordable housing community. Space is limited; register and get more information at the NAHRO On-Site Registration/Events Tickets counter.
 
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
NAHRO Evening Event
 
Enjoy an “Austin-inspired” evening of music and food with friends and colleagues. A local Austin band, The Derailers, will provide a mix of well-crafted original songs and cover songs. Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores long after the last drink has been served! And while enjoying the music of the Derailers, feast on some Austin favorites.
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1                                
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         
Conference Registration/NAHRO Center Open
 
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         
Closing Plenary Breakfast Session
Featured Speaker: Herman Boone, Inspirational Football Coach
In 1971, racial tensions ran high at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, as three schools merged to form a newly integrated one. Out of this experience the story of Remember the Titans emerged; and an undefeated football team was born. They won the state championship that year. While there have been about 30 more Virginia state championship games since then, that 1971 season, coached by Herman Boone, will always be special.  Through hard work and inspiring his coaching staff and players, Coach Boone led his team to the state championship that season. Today, Boone is retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with his presentations on respect, teamwork, and community involvement.
 
 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Check in at 11:45 a.m.
Certification Exams Testing Period
Pre-Registration is required at www.nahro.org/certification-exams.  $200 fee per exam.  Questions?  Contact NAHRO Certification at certification@nahro.org or 877-866-2476.