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2023 Annual Conference Working Agenda

Shaping Our Success - It Starts Here 

March 20-23, 2023 | Waco Convention Center, Waco, TX

 Monday - March 20, 2023

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference Education Session - Comprehensive Wellness for Optimal Performance, Health, and Relationships

Chase Twedell, Dr. - Executive Director Physical Wellness, F1RST
Heather Twedell(Dr. T), PsyD - CEO/Founder, F1RST

Additional Registration Required
Location: Texas Room 113

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

TFCA, TIFMAS, TFS Stakeholder Annual Meeting

12:00 – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Set Up

Location: Chishlom Hall

2:00 – 2:00 pm

TFCA Board of Directors Meeting (PEER Support)

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Registration/Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

Registration/Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Sponsored by Frazer LTD
Location: Chishlom Hall

 Tuesday - March 21, 2023
 

Breakfast On Your Own

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration

Location: Chishlom Hall

8:00 – 8:15 am

Welcome/City of Waco

Location: Brazos Ballroom

8:15 – 9:30 am

Opening Keynote - Leadership and Accountability When it Matters

Commander Kirk Lippold (Ret.) - United States Navy

Location: Brazos Ballroom

9:30 – 10:00 am

Morning Break

Location: Chishlom Hall

10:00 - 11:00 am
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

EMS Track

Joseph W. Schmider - State EMS Director, Department of State Health Services

Track Sponsored by Texas EMS School
Location: Texas Room 113

The Basics Track

Les Stephens - Fire Chief, City of San Marcos

Location: Texas Room 114

Wellness Track - LODD Update

Dominique Artis - Fire Chief, Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
David Coatney - Agency Director/CEO, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Location: Texas Room 116

DEI Track - “They Did What?!?”: Learning to Navigate a Multi-Generational Organization

Jennifer Strong, Ph.D. - Associate Professor-Leadership, Texas A&M University

Location: Texas Room 117

Data Track

Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Dr. - Sr. Risk Strategy Lead, American Association of Insurance Services

Location: Texas Room 115

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Lunch/Exhibit Hall

Location: Chishlom Hall

1:30 - 2:30 pm

General Session - Becoming a Leader of Character

Dave Anderson - Author, Writer, Radio Host, Anderson Leadership Solutions

Location: Brazos Ballroom

2:30 - 3:45 pm
4:15 - 5:15 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

EMS Track - Current State of the EMS Transformation

Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT - Chief Transformation Officer, MedStar Mobile Healthcare

Track Sponsored by Texas EMS School
Location: Texas Room 113

The Basics Track

Connor Christian - Executive Communications Manager, South Metro Fire Rescue

Location: Texas Room 114

Wellness Track

Abby Morris, Dr. - Medical Director, International Assoication of Fire Fighters

Location: Texas Room 116

DEI Track - The Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Michele Lau Torres - Organizational Development and Leadership Consultant, The McMillon Group

Location: Texas Room 117

Data Track

Location: Texas Room 115

3:45 - 4:15 pm

Aftnernoon Break

Location: Chishlom Hall

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Networking Dinner and Game Night

Sponsored by Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc.
Location: McLennan Hall

 Wednesday - March 23, 2023
 

Breakfast On Your Own

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration

Location: Chishlom Hall

8:15 – 9:30 am

General Session - Leading through Change and Assuming New Roles in the Organization

Jeffery Thompson (Retired), Col - Senior Advisor to the President of the University, The University of Arizona

Location: Brazos Ballroom

9:30 – 9:45 am

Morning Break

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer

9:45 - 10:45 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

EMS Track

Track Sponsored by Texas EMS School
Location: Texas Room 113

The Basics Track

Ariana Kistner - Assistant Fire Chief, City of Rockwall
Kelly Kistner - Fire Marshal, City of Frisco

Location: Texas Room 114

Wellness Track - Emerging Fire Service Survival Research

Todd LeDuc - Chief Strategy Officer, Life Scan Wellness Centers Early Detection Disease Screening Public Safety Physicals

Location: Texas Room 116

Awareness Track - Human Trafficing Prevention and Education

Matt Driscoll - Firefighter/Paramedic, Las Vegas Fire Department
Guido Hajenius - Co-Director of Programs, iEmpathize

Location: Texas Room 117

Data Track

Preet Bassi - Chief Executive Officer, Center for Public Safety

Location: Texas Room 115

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Awards Lunch

Sponsored by BRW Architects
Location: Brazos Ballroom

1:30 - 2:30 pm

General Session - Mindshift with Dr. T

Heather Twedell(Dr. T), PsyD - CEO/Founder, F1RST

Location: Brazos Ballroom

2:45 - 3:45 pm
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

EMS Track

Wade Carroll - City Manager, Town of Trophy Club
Nate Mara - City Manager, City of Decatur

Track Sponsored by Texas EMS School
Location: Texas Room 113

The Basics Track - Fire Station/EMS Construction: Planning For Success

Ryan Rosborough - Vice President - Central & North Texas, AGCM

Location: Texas Room 114

Wellness Track

Chris Fields - Speaker, Lighthouse Health & Wellness/Oklahoma First Responders Wellness/Trauma Behind The Badge

Location: Texas Room 116

Sleep Track

Joel Billings, Dr. - Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences; Program Chair BS in Emergency Services, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Location: Texas Room 117

5:15 - 6:15 pm

TFCA Annual Business Meeting

Location: Brazos Ballroom

6:30 - 830 pm

Networking Event

Sponsored by Siddons-Martin Emergency Group - Pierce
Location: TBD

 Thursday - March 23, 2023
 

Breakfast On Your Own

7:00 am

Registration

Location: Chishlom Hall

8:30 – 9:30 am

General Session - NFPA Updates: Tools to Help You Do Your Work

Kelly Ransdell - South Texas Regional Director, National Fire Protection Association

Location: Brazos Ballroom

9:30 – 10:00 am

Morning Break

Location: Brazos Ballroom Foyer

10:00 am - 10:45 pm

General Session - Courageous Conversations

Joel Baker, EFO, MPA - Fire Chief, City of Austin

Location: Brazos Ballroom

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Closing Session

Keith Jackson - Retired Professional Football Player, Philadelphia Eagles

Location: Brazos Ballroom