The Trans4m Center’s 2nd Annual

Summer Symposium

Courageous Heroes

This year, the theme of the Symposium is

Super Heroes & Courage!

Not only will we look at the fictional heroes we are drawn to but, more importantly, the heroes in our lives, in our professions and in our communities.  We encourage you to “show up” and to connect with other heroes like you! The Symposium is about work and play, learning and connecting. So, while we work, let’s remember to play and have fun!  We encourage you to come dressed up as your favorite hero – super or not!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – Friday, June 28, 2019

DoubleTree Hotel – Campbell Centre

8250 N. Central Expy.
Dallas, TX 75206


  • Tuesday, June 25
    10:30-11:45: Registration 
    *12:00-2:00: Opening Session & Plenary
    2:30-5:00: Afternoon Session 
    *Please be prepared to begin at 12:00
  • Wednesday, June 26
    8:00-8:30: Continental Breakfast 
    8:30-12:00: Morning Sessions 
    12:00-1:30: Lunch 
    1:30-5:00: Afternoon Sessions 
    5:15-7:15: Bonus CEU Session  
  • Thursday, June 27
    7:45-8:15:  Bonus CEU Session 
    8:00-8:30: Continental Breakfast 
    8:30-12:00: Morning Sessions 
    12:00-1:30: Lunch 
    1:30-5:00 : Afternoon Sessions 
  • Friday, June 28
    7:45-8:15: Bonus CEU Session 
    8:00-8:30: Continental Breakfast 
    8:30-12:00: Morning Sessions 
    12:00: Symposium Ends
A continental breakfast will be served from 8:00-8:30 each morning. Breaks with snacks will be 30 minutes and lunch will be on your own, from 12:00-1:30 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Registration Fees: 

Additional space is available and the Early Bird rate of $360 has been extended through June 11!

Beginning June 12th $450
Include Continental Breakfast & DoubleTree Cookies!
Individual day registrations will be available after June 4th for $155/day
What’s Included:
  • Outstanding workshops that will inspire, challenge and educate
  • Continental Breakfast in the morning and cookies and milk in the afternoon
  • Connecting with colleagues
  • Door prizes
  • FUN!
  • Did we mention cookies?
Cancellation policy:
Until May 31, 2019 – full refund
June 1-13 – 50% refund
June 14 and after – no refund
Substitutions are always welcome!



Book your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Campbell Centre
or call 214.619.8700 and ask for Government Rate of $149
Still need a room but the DoubleTree is booked?
We’ve held a block of overflow rooms at the Hyatt House nearby. 

Tracks, Topics & Credits:

There are 2 tracks this year: Prevention/Education and Leadership/Nonprofits
Up to 22.5 CEUs available

Speakers include:

Jan Langbein, CEO, Genesis – The Fire in Your Belly, Finding Your Field of Fascination
Susan Hoff, Chief Strategy, Impact & Operations Officer, United Way Dallas – Up, Up and Away
Suzanne Smith, Founder & CEO, Social Impact Architects – Storytelling: Let Your Superhero Story Shine
Todd Whitthorne, President, Naturally Slim – Connecting Your Habits to Your “Why”
Jessica Trudeau, Executive Director, Momentous Institute – Leadership Lessons from the Lab
Ben Wilkins, Chief Program Officer, Dallas CASA – Implementing Change from a Program Management Perspective
Lynn Davis, President/CEO, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center – Everything I Know About Leadership I Learned from Patrick Swayze
Dr. Darius-Bacote, PsyD, Campinha-Bacote Psychological Services, PLLCBullying: Deconstructing “Why” and Analyzing the Research and Who Has Time for Sleep? Even Super Heroes Need a Good Night’s Sleep
Jill Darling, President, USA Rtime, LLC – What is that Teen Doing with the Whipped Cream? 
Krystal Skaggs, Behavioral Specialist, Mesquite ISD – Power Struggles vs. Setting Limits and The “Super” Power of Positive Relationships
Margery Miller, President, Peoplebiz, Inc. – Life Skills for a Stressful World
Lisa Reiling, Director of Prevention, Recovery Resource Council – Prevention at Its Best: Maybe there IS an “I” in TEAM
Debbie Meripolski, Grant Manager, Interfaith Family Services Dallas – Mastering Nonprofit Leadership Transitions
Karen Williams, Youth Development Consultant and Trainer – Our Brain and the Power of Self-Calming Habits and Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Dual Punishment
Brent Blackburn, Executive Director, Extreme Youth Leadership – Right, Wrong or Effective? Communicating in a Way to Achieve the Results You Want
Nell Merlino, Author, Activist, Entrepreneur, BornWorthy.orgHow to Evolve in the Nonprofit World
Nicole Holt, Executive Director, Texans Standing Tall
Vanita Haliburton, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Grant Haliburton FoundationHow to Save a Life: Understanding Youth Suicide and Prevention 
Scott Covington, Partner, Strategy ConsultingThe Courage of Your Vision and Facing the Giants that Stand in Your Way
Byron Sanders, President & CEO, Big Thoughts
Kasey Strey, ACPS | Doug Tornton, PharmD, PhD, BCPS | Marc Fleming, PhD, MPH, RPh, Opioid Prevention Team HHSC – Educating Pharmacists on Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention in Texas
Ben Wilkins, LCSW, Chief Program Officer, Dallas CASA – Implementing Change from Program Management Perspective
Cathey Brown/Kathy Daley, The Trans4m CenterFacilitated Discussion on the Netflix Original Film by Brene Brown Call to Courage and Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope
AOD Specific when applicable
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