Apra Greater Houston Annual Conference
Friday, May 5, 2023
United Way of Houston Community Resource Center
50 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX 77007
Featuring speakers discussing data analytics, starting your own business, preparing and fundraising through disasters, and more! Join us for these professional development and networking opportunities.
Lunch is included with registration.
Join the Apra GH board after the conference to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
at Bayou Heights Bier Garten
3905 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Thank you to our sponsor
8:30 – 9:00: Registration, Light Breakfast, and Networking
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome Remarks, Ashley Estes, Board President
9:15 – 10:00: "Positioned for Success: Taking the leap from Salaried to Self-Employed" - Regina Alhassan, ResearchPRO
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 11:00: "All About HBJ's Lists" - Wyatt Loy, Houston Business Journal
11:00 – 11:15: Break
11:15 – 12:00: "Decision Science & Analytics Overview" - Gokul Murugesan, MD Anderson Cancer Center
12:00 – 12:55: Lunch & Networking (included with registration)
12:55 – 1:15: Mindfulness Moment with Jess Geevarghese
1:15 – 2:00: "Fundraising (Before And) After a Disaster" - Heather Icenogle, Houston Food Bank
2:00 – 2:30: Closing Remarks
Gokul Murugesan, executive director of Campaign Decision Science and Analytics, joined The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2021. In this role, Gokul is building an end-to-end analytics solution to provide business insights, improve decision-making and provide empirical assessment of performance at the institutional, divisional and team levels with respect to constituent engagement and philanthropy. He has more than 10 years of experience with advanced analytics, AI/machine learning, data management/governance and more than seven years of strategic leadership, product management and agile methodology experience.
CEO of ResearchPRO, Regina Alhassan enjoys helping non-profit leaders reach their highest goals. With total dollars identified in the billions, her work as a prospect development legend continues to fuel multi-million-dollar charitable giving campaigns across the United States. With a history of industry leadership spanning two decades, Regina is a current Faculty member for Apra Fundamentals; an award-winning artist; writer; philanthropist; and TEDx.
Wyatt Loy is the Data Reporter at Houston Business Journal, where they oversee the weekly Lists, the annual Book of Lists and editorial content on informative and helpful data that people can use. They've previously worked as a data journalist at AccuWeather and studied journalism at Kent State University in Northeast Ohio.
Heather Icenogle, CFRE, proudly serves as Director of Annual Giving and Philanthropy Operations at Houston Food Bank. She has more than 19 years of fundraising experience and she and her team annually raise more than $15 million for hunger relief in the greater Houston area. An active member of the scholarship committee of AFP – Greater Houston Chapter, Heather is a strong advocate of continuing education to stay abreast of emerging philanthropic trends. She and her husband enjoy hanging out with friends, volunteering at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and spending time with their spoiled rotten dog.