SACL & The University of Texas at Dallas

Welcome You to the


2nd Annual

Regional, Intercollegiate, Volunteer Alumni

Leaders (RIVAL) Workshop!

December 8, 2018

with keynote Porter S. Garner, III '79

President & CEO
The Association of Former Students at
Texas A&M University


For volunteer leaders of geographic alumni clubs, Greek alumni clubs, affinity groups and parent's clubs.
Alumni relations professionals welcome.


The 2nd RIVAL Workshop will be co-sponsored by the Society for Alumni Club Leadership (SACL) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas).

The RIVAL Workshop is all about the volunteer alumni leader! We are taking the best of a typical volunteer alumni leader conference hosted at a club’s alma mater, bringing it local and enhancing the experience by involving the extensive network of volunteer alumni leaders supporting any and all college and university geographic, Greek and affinity alumni clubs and parent's clubs.

We are further condensing the program into a half-day, Saturday event for maximum benefit with a minimum commitment. Learn more about the background for the workshop.


Keynote Speaker
We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 RIVAL Workshop keynote speaker:

Porter S. Garner, III '79
President and CEO
The Association of Former Students
Texas A&M University





The purpose of the SACL Regional Intercollegiate Volunteer Alumni Leaders (RIVAL) Workshop is to not only make it possible for many, many more volunteer leaders to benefit from the comradery, education and support of an alumni leaders conference, but also to compound the beneficial results through interaction with peers from other college and university alumni organizations.

Attendees will leave inspired, rejuvenated and with greater confidence in the ability to successfully lead a thriving club/chapter.


Date and Location
Saturday, December 8, 2018

University of Texas at Dallas
Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080

The newly-minted Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center opened September 7, 2017 thanks to the generous $15 million donation of Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80 and Charles “Chuck” Davidson MS’80. It is an inspirational space, designed to motivate aspiration among students and serve as a touchpoint for alumni, fostering connections between current alumni and alumni to come. Called a “gateway to the future” by its namesake donors, the facility is a building within a park, featuring sun-catching screens that create the illusion of comets moving through the cosmos.

This amazing facility will be the home of the RIVAL Workshop – North Texas 2018 with advanced audio visual and electronic support integrated into modern design and peaceful gardens.


Program and Speakers
The event begins with an informal lunch at 11:30 am, included in the registration. It will be an opportunity to network and get to know some of the other participants, as well as interact with sponsors who have prioritized supporting the programming.

The formal program will follow with almost 5 hours of programming to include plenary sessions, ClubX talks and breakout sessons led by ~ 15 local leaders. At the end, the keynote speaker will inspire us all prior to adjourning to the happy hour at 5:00 pm.

Check out the 2018 RIVAL Workshop Program and Speaker List specifics and the speaker list and the 2017 RIVAL Workshop Program, as a reference.


Holiday Bonus with Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott will set up a pop-up store at the RIVAL Workshop
featuring jewelry with your university's colors!

Perfect timing for the holidays! The Kendra Scott booth will be open between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.


More Fun and Prizes
In addition to the incredible keynote, the amazing club speakers, and the robust programming - get ready for some food, fun and prizes!

Door prizes include:

  • Blocks of tickets to the Nasher Sculpture Garden
  • Weekend getaway
  • More!

Bring on the food and drink done right:

  • Full, gourmet catered lunch by Provence Catering!
  • Coffee & warm cookie break by Tiff's Treats!
  • Onsite happy hour with Oak Highland's Brewery!


We appreciate sponsors and could not pull this Workshop off without them! There are several ways to support the RIVAL Workshop.

Sponsorships include complementary registrations and opportunities for facetime in front of the attendees!  Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and check out the long list of AMAZING 2018 Sponsors.


Additional Rooms for Club Use
It was brought to our attention that since clubs may have their leadership team together for this event, it would be advantageous to have a place for them to meet. Accordingly, we have made private rooms available before and after the event for such use.

There will be two rooms available from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The cost will only be $15 to reserve the room and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Online registration has now closed. Tickets will be available at the door.

Early registration is exceptionally affordable for this event and is as follows:
 - Volunteer Alumni Leader - $30
 - Alumni Relations Professional - $60
 - Other Attendee - $70

Registration includes:

  • all sessions,
  • on-site lunch,
  • on-site happy hour,
  • warm cookie and coffee break,
  • participation in door prizes, and
  • a welcome bag with materials.



Parking for the RIVAL Workshop will be FREE! All registrants will receive a email with a pdf for printing and placing on the dashboard of his/her car. The printout is required to avoid a fee and/or parking ticket.


If you have any workshop or sponsorship questions, please contact Diane Giardinelli at

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2nd Annual Regional, Intercollegiate, Volunteer Alumni Leaders (RIVAL) Workshop!