2012 Conference of Executives
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
2012 Conference of Executives

 A River of Hope:  Navigating the Rapids to a Brighter Future

February 19 - 21, 2012

The challenges facing the world today are vast and complicated.  While the focus is often on the broad impact of these challenges, we at Goodwill know that they affect individual people and families in every community. As leaders throughout the Goodwill enterprise, it is our responsibility, now more than ever, to provide support and opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and vibrant communities.

Navigating the Rapids to a Brighter Future

Given the challenges of our current economic reality, leaders need to be on their game at all times in order to seize the opportunities presented and address challenges before they become problems.  In order to be top performers, it is critical that today’s leaders are energized to propel their organizations through growth and change.


To successfully manage change, we must make time to assess how we are utilizing technology and how innovative we are to adapt to these changes. Learning more about the newest technologies and innovative practices will help us become catalysts in strengthening the Goodwill enterprise, its’ mission, the brand, influence and leadership. In San Antonio, the 2012 Conference of Executives features new opportunities for attendees to engage in conversations around growing the Goodwill enterprise utilizing technology and innovation as tools.


During the conference, we will be showcasing our own innovative practices and technology advancements.  Our new registration software has the capabilities for you to start networking as soon as you register for the conference, through the eSocial Networking Tool. This tool will allow you to set up individual appointments with sponsors, GII Team members and other attendees.  During the conference, we will feature a "Ted Talks" style general session where we will hear from different presenters on the topics of technology and innovation.  We also plan to communicate with you before, during and after the conference through video blogs on MyGoodwill and through the GII COE twitter account.


Sending updates to Twitter while you're away from your computer makes things much more interesting. It's all done through text messages (aka "SMS"), which you probably use all the time anyway, so there's not much to learn. Twitter doesn't charge a fee for its service, but be sure to know what your text messaging plan looks like with your wireless carrier.  To create your own Twitter account, go to www.twitter.com and sign up. The official event twitter is: http://twitter.com/GIIEventCOE.


This year we are fortunate to have San Antonio and “The Riverwalk” as the backdrop for a compelling and engaging conference program.  Our hosts, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio, Inc., have put together a terrific line-up of activities to showcase their beautiful city.  Be sure to review the conference agenda for a complete listing of activities.
The first thing San Antonio visitors notice is the friendliness of everyone they encounter. Combine that with the dizzying array of facilities, hotels, services and attractions;  the walkablity of the city; the vibrant culture and well-preserved historical sites. 

The River Walk

The world-famous River Walk is one of the top visitor destinations in Texas and a cornerstone of our robust meetings industry. Also known as the “world’s largest hotel lobby,” it’s the perfect place for networking, nightlife and entertainment.

Millions of people visit the River Walk each year to enjoy this unusual urban sanctuary that winds along the San Antonio river in central San Antonio, one story below the bustling street level.
The lush landscapes, quaint pathways, tinkling waterfalls, quiet pools, outdoor art and relaxing outdoor patios evoke the renowned public spaces of Europe.

What started as the vision of a young architect, in 1929, has grown, over the decades, into one of the world's most distinctive meeting places -- old and new friends meet up, travelers pause, families congregate, lovers gaze; and weddings, reunions, business meetings spill over into the River Walk.

Conference Registration Fee
Alumni/Retired Executive - $0
CEO - $475
Executive Development Participant - $475
GII Team Member - $475
Goodwill Agency Team Member - $475
Hotel Reservations
The hotel reservations deadline is Friday, January 20, 2012. To book the conference rate of $189.00, click here to reserve your hotel room online or call the Hyatt Regency San Antonio toll-free at (888) 421-1442 and request the group rate for Goodwill Industries International 2012 Conference of Executives. Hotel reservations made after January 20, 2012, will be subject to room availability and higher rates.
The GII scholarship program provides financial support for member Goodwill representatives to attend the spring or summer conferences, as well as the Conference of Executives and Delegate Assembly. Completed applications should be faxed or emailed to Rosemarie McBride at (301) 258-0622 or rosemarie.mcbride@goodwill.org, no later than Friday, January 6, 2012. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship status by Friday, January 20, 2012. Click here for an application.
If you have any questions, please contact 2012 Conference of Executives Planning Committee Staff Liaison Everett T. Shupe, II, CMP, at (800) 741-0197, ext. 5258, or Rosemarie McBride, CMP, at ext. 5320 or by email: giievents@goodwill.org.
See you soon in San Antonio!
The GII Events Team