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Inspire and Support Innovation in Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The 2019 Innovation Summit will bring together iTP3 and Innovation Next Innovators and other adolescent health professionals to learn about cutting edge tools and engage in strategies that have the potential to transform the future of teen pregnancy prevention. Attendees will participate in workshops centered around innovative program design and will hear from experts and organizations who have successfully used innovative program design approaches and techniques.  Spots are limited and are “first come, first serve”, so make your plans to attend the 2019 Innovation Summit!

Ready to be inspired?

Join us May 15 – 16, 2019 in San Antonio, TX!


The Innovation Summit will bring together those with a vested interest in the revolutionary learning and creation of innovative teen pregnancy prevention programs. These attendees will include key program staff who support youth and teen pregnancy prevention efforts alike:

  • Youth serving professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Program developers
  • Educators
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Researchers


Registration is open through April 19, 2019 (or until sold out).  Spots are limited and “first come, first serve”, so make your plans to attend the Innovation Summit, May 15 – 16, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas!

2-Day Innovation Summit Registration Cost:  $200

Registration cost includes:

  • Two half-day workshops on Wednesday, May 15th
  • Entry to all sessions on Thursday, May 16th
  • Lunch on both days
  • Note – Embassy Suites provides complimentary breakfast with your hotel reservation as well as free “happy hour” appetizers in the evenings

Important Registration Information

Cancellations and Substitutions

  • We will not be able to offer refunds for cancellations.  However, if you are unable to attend after registering, you can send a “substitute” for your participation, for a transfer fee.
  • Substitutions will be accepted through May 10, 2019 and must be processed and paid for through the registration site.

Payment Methods and Information

  • Full payment must be submitted at time of registration.
  • PayPal and all major credit cards will be accepted for payment including: Visa®, Mastercard®, Discover®, and American Express®

Special Needs Requests

  • Indicate on the registration form any special needs you may have during the symposium due to food allergies, physical disabilities, or sensory impairment.



Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Landmark

5615 Landmark Parkway
San Antonio, Texas 78249

The Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Landmark is located near many popular attractions of the La Cantera area.  The hotel is situated in an ideal location, about 18 minutes from the San Antonio airport and 20 minutes from the famous San Antonio River Walk.

  • The negotiated group rate of $149 – $159 per night plus applicable taxes is guaranteed until Friday, April 19, 2019, or until the block fills up.
    • The above rate is applicable for the nights of May 14 – May 18, 2019.
  • To make a reservation by phone, call Embassy Suites by Hilton directly at (210) 270-0800 and ask for the “TPP Innovator Summit” rate.
  • Please note that requests for special room arrangements must be made at time of booking.
  • The Embassy Suites by Hilton provides complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and free onsite parking.
  • Check-in begins at 4:00 pm (unless you arrange for earlier check-in time); and check-out is at 12:00 pm.


For transportation from the San Antonio airport, we recommend taking an Uber or Lyft, a Taxi, or renting car if you want to spend time exploring the area!  If you rent a car, the hotel has free on-site parking.

Complimentary shuttle service is offered within a three-mile radius of the hotel on you are on-site! 


Day 1 - May 15, 2019

Day 1 will begin at 8:45am and wrap up at 4:00pm.  Attendees will participate in TWO half-day workshops; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  We will be offering three different workshops for participants to choose from, including:

  • Moving from Silo Thinking to Systems Thinking with Kelly Wilson from iTP3 • Texas A&M University
  • Leading Transformative Change as a Systems Thinker with Tracy Benson from the Waters Center for Systems Thinking
  • Finding a Spark: Catalyzing Innovation through Design Thinking with Sarah Axelson from Innovation Next • Power to Decide

For more details about each workshop, visit the “Workshops” tab on the menu to the right.  All three workshops will be offered both in the morning and afternoon.  The number of available spaces for each workshop will vary; therefore when registering for the summit you will need to select your top two choices.

Day 2 - May 16, 2019

Day 2 will begin at 8:45am and wrap up at 5:30pm.  Activities will include:

  • Inspirational stories of how design thinking and systems thinking have been used to create real and meaningful change,
  • Engaging opportunities to learn insights from innovative program developers, and
  • Interactive activities to practice using design tools and strategies.

NOTE – the check-in and registration table will be open from 7:30am to 5:30pm each day.


Use the links below to access and download presentation materials from the 2019 Innovation Summit.  Check back in June for any presentation materials that are not listed below.


Moving from Silo Thinking to Systems Thinking

Led by Kelly Wilson from Texas A&M University • iTP3

Participants will engage in a serious game called Friday Night in the ER. Utilizing this versatile learning tool, participants will engage in a hands on learning activity, followed by facilitated debrief. Participants will think critically about silo thinking versus systems thinking in teen pregnancy prevention programs. Participants will consider the role of the individual, impact on the teen pregnancy program participants and communities, and realize how they can improve results when they to move from silo thinking to systems thinking.

This cooperative and interactive session will focus on game play and facilitated discussion to understand systems approaches and their applicability to teen pregnancy programs. By the end of the session, attendees will:

  • Experience systems thinking approaches through game play and translate the experience to teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent health.
  • Analyze complex issues and identify leverage points through game experience and facilitated discussion.
  • Brainstorm strategies that support systems change efforts in teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent health.
  • Develop capacity in addressing change with a wide variety of challenges impacting teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent health.

Leading Transformative Change as a Systems Thinker

Led by Tracy Benson from Waters Center for Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking is a powerful approach to social innovation and system transformation. Systems thinkers utilize strategies and tools to develop a clear and deep understanding of the interconnected parts that produce system behavior. This informed understanding leads to the identification of practical leverage actions that help produce transformative outcomes.  

This highly interactive session will focus on the habits, concepts and tools of systems thinking that are especially applicable to the teen pregnancy prevention vision. By the end of the session, attendees will:

  • Learn about and apply the Habits of a Systems Thinker to leading change efforts.
  • Practice strategies that will support systems thinking integration into their work.
  • Actively experience systems thinking approaches that support social innovation and systems change efforts.
  • Develop a capability to analyze complex issues and identify high-leverage interventions using systems thinking tools.
  • Leave with concrete tools and strategies to address a wide variety of challenges and create positive social change.  

Finding a Spark: Catalyzing Innovation through Design Thinking

Led by Sarah Axelson from Power to Decide • Innovation Next

Design Thinking is more than a just “workshop”; it’s a powerful framework for innovation and collaboration. Using design thinking, innovators embrace an iterative, human-centered approach to tackling tough questions, and they rapidly move from concepts to prototypes to products (and likely back again). This workshop will walk you through the Design Thinking framework and give you tools that you can apply in your daily work and life.

If you love generating ideas to get to something that people will actually use, then this interactive experience is for you! Join us as we race through a “design sprint” to understand the approach and reflect on how we might use design thinking in our own work. No matter your role or your field, you will leave feeling energized, inspired, and ready to design!


Kelly Wilson (Texas A&M University • iTP3)

Kelly Wilson, PhD, MCHES, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University and the Principal Investigator of the iTP3 project. She has considerable experience managing school and community-based research and practice related projects including 1) serving as evaluator or co-evaluator on teen pregnancy prevention projects; 2) developing professional development for teachers and sexuality educators; 3) developing curricula for dating violence prevention efforts and 4) directing local efforts to a federally funded evaluation of teen pregnancy prevention evidence-based programs.  Her expertise in teen pregnancy prevention, design thinking, and systems thinking have driven the success of the iTP3 project and contributed to building the capacity of iTP3 innovators to develop their innovative programs.

Tracy Benson (Waters Center for Systems Thinking)

Tracy Benson Ed.D. brings extensive practitioner experience to her role as president of the Waters Center for Systems Thinking (formerly the Waters Foundation). As a former K-12 and university educator, school principal and district-level administrator, Tracy leads a national team of exceptional, innovative educators who skillfully make systems thinking concepts and tools accessible through real-world, practical applications. She was a contributing author to the best-selling Schools that Learn and co-authored Structuring Schools for Success, A Practitioner’s View. Most recently she is co-author of The Habit-forming Guide to Becoming a Systems Thinker. From the classroom to the boardroom, Tracy and her team design and lead impactful sessions that build individual and group capacities resulting in positive differences for education institutions and communities.

Sarah Axelson (Power to Decide • Innovation Next)

Sarah Axelson, MSW, is the Senior Manager of Programs at Power to Decide, where she combines her passion for sexual and reproductive health with her commitment to finding new and impactful ways to improve health outcomes for youth, families, and communities. After learning about the intersection of design and health, Ms. Axelson brought design thinking to Personal Responsibility Education grantees from across the country while serving as a Project Officer for the Family and Youth Services Bureau, and participated in HHS Ignites, an innovation accelerator program designed to spur innovation in the federal sector. In addition to her full-time role with Power to Decide, Ms. Axelson is an Adjunct Faculty member at two local universities. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an undergraduate degree from James Madison University. When she isn’t working full-time or teaching, you can find her volunteering with something related to reproductive health or gender equity, daydreaming about new teaching/training tools and products, running, or hanging out with dogs.



Food and Dining

Buddy V’s

  • Italian, Vegetarian friendly
  • “Best pizza in town”
  • 2 miles from Embassy Suites Landmark Hotel

Carlo’s Bakery

  • Bakery
  • “Canolis and cake are to die for!”
  • 2 miles from Embassy Suites Landmark Hotel

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

  • “Farm-to-kitchen dishes & cocktails out of our from-scratch-only kitchen and bar.”
  • 2 miles from Embassy Suites Landmark Hotel

Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery **Local favorite!

  • Mexican, Southwestern, Latin cuisine
  • “A fun 24 hour restaurant with large dining rooms, mariachi’s and great tex-mex authentic food!”
  • Located in the heart of San Antonio, downtown

Entertainment and Attractions

The Shops at La Cantera

  • Located near the Embassy Suites Landmark Hotel
  • Hundreds of shops to choose from in an outdoor shopping experience

The RIM Shopping Center

  • Located near the Embassy Suites Landmark Hotel
  • A mixed-use, master-planned development comprised of world class retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings

Pearl Brewery District

  • Provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces, paseos riverside amphitheater, and the third campus of The Culinary Institute of America.
  • 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 300, San Antonio, TX 78215

San Antonio Botanical Garden

  • A wide range of plants from Texas and around the world spread out over 33 acres
  • Open Sunday – Saturday from 9am – 5pm
  • 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209-6631

The San Antonio Riverwalk

  • Shop, dine, lounge, stroll along the river’s edge
  • Plenty of options when it comes to shopping and eating

San Antonio Missions

  • Historical area that stretches nine miles and contains four important 18th-century missions
  • Open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm
  • 2202 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78214-2715

Briscoe Western Art Museum

  • Located on the banks of the historic San Antonio River Walk, brings to life the vibrant culture and heritage of the Western United States. The Museum offers a permanent collection of Western art and artifacts, providing visitors from San Antonio and beyond the opportunity to experience artifacts and artwork depicting the American cowboy, American Indian, the Vaquero and the many diverse cultures that forged the American West.
  • 210 W Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2988