January 21, 2017 - January 23, 2017

Saturday
The first day of the conference was just a half-day, with our main focus on the panel. The panel consisted of Representative Donna Howard, Caroline Joiner, Dr. Leonard, and Michael Blair from Representative Kevin Roberts’s office, and who all proved to be very helpful in answering questions. We also had a brief recap of the basics of SACOT before ending the day.

Sunday
To start off the second day of the conference, one of our SACOT Executive Committee members gave an informative presentation called Texas Government 101, which explained the basics of the Texas government system. After that, we had our Membership Coordinator talk about the amazing membership growth since the last conference (~300!) and what we can do to improve our numbers. We also had the amazing opportunity to hear from Representative Paul Workman and Ray Almgren (Chairman of FIRST in Texas) talk about the importance of STEM education in their respective fields. Then to top off the day, we taught members how to pitch and advocate to the legislators they would meet the next day.

Monday
All of Monday was devoted to legislator meetings. We were able to speak with 20 Senators and Representatives and continue to spread the idea of SACOT in the state government. Overall, we were very pleased with how the meetings turned out!

Inaugural Annual Conference Handouts

October 23, 2016 - October 24, 2016

Sunday
Today is the first day of the Founders Conference! We kicked off the conference with a welcome speech, outlining the overall schedule for the next two days. After an inspiring speech from our SACOT president, we introduced Mr. Ray Almgren, chairman of FIRST in Texas, to speak. Throughout the day, we were also honored to have Evan Smith and Team 2468’s Coach Norman Morgan as keynote speakers. Additionally, we had several informational presentations, which caught up all our members on the basics of SACOT, Texas Government, and SACOT’s website. To end off our day, we took part in both a platform working session and a membership working session, to establish our main goals and brainstorm ways to recruit more members. After the day ended, we headed over to Scholz’s Garden for a fun party and team bonding. Overall, today was a success and we all had a blast!

Monday
We started our day off early with our final two amazing keynote speakers—Representative Donna Howard and John Howard from Dell’s Government Affairs Office. Since today was the day we were meeting with legislators, we had a quick pitching and advocacy presentation before we broke off into our meeting groups to prepare. Then we were off! All of our members got the chance to meet and speak with several legislators. It was really interesting to see how engrossed some legislators were with our presentation.

Founders Conference Handouts