September 15-16, 2024 (Sun - Mon.)
Hilton Austin Airport, Austin TX


We are gathering resources and information for this year's conference! The details below are from last year's conference as an example for planning purposes. Want to present a breakout or tableshare to advisors? Email Patty to get a head start now!



Meet the “Relief” Opening Keynote Speaker:

Hi, I’m Alex Sezer, Jr. - I’m a transformative speaker, author, and specialist in crafting culture. I inspire and equip individuals and organizations to transition from their current state to their desired state. Whether I am delivering a captivating keynote, authoring impactful books, or designing organizational training programs, my purpose is to guide others towards achieving excellence in life and leadership.
Visit website:  www.alexsezer.com


First, we take care of the advisors.
Then we prepare advisors to take care of the students.
Because doing the same thing we did before will not bring us the same success this year!
  • Separate strands are offered for National Honor Society & Texas Association of Student Councils
  • Anyone who works with student activities will benefit from this workshop!
  • You will get to choose breakouts and table shares based on exactly what you need (as new or experienced advisors)
  • Hear from nationally recognized experts in student activities
  • Gather with others who understand and support what you do
  • Learn from TASC partners

Kathleen Hilchey is a conflict specialist from Ontario, Canada. She works with families, schools, camps, and workplaces to manage difficult conflicts, including bullying. Kathleen works directly with clients and trains professionals on her conflict management strategies and methods. She has worked with at-risk youth in Iqaluit, Nunavut, learned about sustainability in Kenya and worked with underprivileged teens in the Tim Horton Youth Leadership Program and the Brantford Boys and Girls Clubs.  After 10 summers working in the camping sphere, Kathleen spent over 10 years teaching in the secondary public system. She has an M.Ed. in Peacebuilding Techniques from Brock University and is a Qualified Mediator. Whatever the subject, she consistently empowers youth and staff to create more positive schools. 


Keith Hawkins is an international speaker that addresses over 400,000 educators, business owners, parents and students each year. Keith Hawkins is the creator of the program, “Day of Understanding” that focuses on bringing people together through understanding and inclusion. Keith credit’s his grade schoolteacher Miss Clark and his high school advisor Mr. Rizzi for encouraging him to challenge his attitude and push through obstacles to achieve success. Keith could not have pursued his dreams without his faith and the support of his family which have been the cornerstones of his life. Keith has dedicated his life and work to improving the human race by helping them strive for positive personal growth.


SEPT 24 - 25, 2023 (Sunday and Monday)
  • To pay with a check, complete online registration and PRINT the invoice to mail with a check. Honor Society Advisors or schools who are not yet active can create a Profile and register using the above link. The cost is $155 if registered by September 1. Registration after that or onsite is $175. The hotel room is not included in the price of registration. PAYMENTS to TASC: check or credit card (or cash on-site).
  • Lunch is guaranteed ONLY for those who register by September 11, as we must order exact numbers of lunches. A few additional lunch tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Sunday morning. Enjoy our complimentary reception on the afternoon of September 24th.
  • Hotel reservations must be made separately. Embassy Suites, San Marcos. *Save money, book in the TASC block online, and receive the workshop rate using the hotel link above.

See our promo video above!

 You will walk away with the following: 

  • concrete plans and practical ideas 
  • a wealth of support that will sustain you for the year
  • inspiration to take your group to the next level 
  • partners and friends for your journey of leadership

Enjoy exceptional presentations that give you materials and information you can use immediately:

  • Groups that offer outstanding volunteer opportunities
  • Strands for new student council advisors as well as those who are experienced
  • Strands for those at both the middle and high school level
  • Gain sound expertise from Texas experts on student leadership, leadership classes, school culture, and climate.

Attend as a school leadership team:  Invite your principal as well as other class and club advisors — take your leadership team! Honor Society advisors can create a profile and register online. Plan together for an outstanding year at your school.


8:00-3:30 | REGISTRATION | West Hallway< 8:00-3:30 | EXHIBITS & LEADERSHIP STORE 
9:00 | OPENING GENERAL SESSION | with Kathleen Hilchey; 
Finding Your Strong & Kind | As educators, our jobs are filled with conflict.  In tough times, many of us are too kind: We put our heads in the sand or too easily give in to others and end up feeling resentful and unappreciated. Many of us are too strong: We lose our temper, yell, and end up feeling an uncomfortable mixture of anger and shame. Kathleen Hilchey is here to share a more effective approach. You'll learn: *The key to managing complex conflicts with ease. *How to find your authentic voice that's both strong and kind. *How to coach students to be more direct, empathic & productive.
11:00 -11:45 | SET 1 BREAKOUTS
12:00-1:15 | LUNCHEON and Texas Star Awards
1:25 -2:10 | SET 2 BREAKOUTS 
2:25 -3:05 | SET 3 BREAKOUTS 
3:05 - 3:30 | SOCIAL & BREAK
3:40 - 5:15 | TABLE SHARES

9:00-9:45 | SET 4 BREAKOUTS 
9:55 -10:35 | SET 5 BREAKOUTS
10:45 - 11:55 | CLOSING GENERAL SESSION | 
with Keith Hawkins: Culture with Purpose | A strong, positive culture doesn’t just happen. Developing a culture that reflects unity, traditions, and respect among staff and students takes focusing on what matters. The most effective cultures emphasize relationships, empowerment, attitude, and leadership. More importantly, you as advisors need to feel supported and be uplifted so that you can do what you do best! Keith’s keynote will give you purpose and fuel to keep it together while having a huge positive impact on your school. ALL STUDENTS NEED YOU!



  • We are seeking Breakout Proposals from both the student council and honor society advisors. Those who are accepted to present a 45-minute breakout receive free registration. CLICK HERE » 
  • We are seeking Table Share leader (10-minute facilitated discussions) proposals from both the student council and honor society advisors. CLICK HERE »

TASC Board of Directors Registration and Cancellation Policy:

  • Early Bird Registration: Those registering by midnight on the day Early Bird Registration Closes have a discounted registration fee. They are also guaranteed lunch on the first day of the Advisors Workshop.
  • Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations may be made until Early Bird Registration closes. Requests for refunds or cancellations must be submitted via email to Lori and Patty only. No cancellations will be allowed, and no refunds will be made after that date. Schools not canceling by the Early Bird Deadline or submitting registrations after the Early Bird Deadline will be billed the full amount for all persons registered, including no-shows.
  • Should TASC have to cancel the entire workshop for matters beyond our control, refunds will be given to all those registered.

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