Special Events Planning: From a Planner's Experience - Part I (12/1/09)

Austin Community College

Highland Business Center

Room 301

5930 Middle Fiskville Road

Austin TX 78752 USA


Many nonprofit organizations use special events to help tell the organization’s mission story and to raise money.  Poorly designed events can hinder your image and can lead to confusing messages or duplicated effort.  This class will help you learn how to enhance your ability to plan special events, conferences and/or meetings by providing  many tools and strategies to help  plan for your special audience.   This course is facilitated by an event manager/organizer with over thirteen years of experience.  The tools and strategies shared in this session are from this practitioner's personal experience.  This session is geared toward those who would  like to reduce the stress of preparing for and conducting organizational special events.  The material is pragmatic and all attendees are sure to leave with solid examples and tools that he/she can put to use immediately!!!

You will learn how to:

  • Manage a group of event volunteers
  • Script your events down to the minute
  • Develop relationships and resources through your event


Candyss Bryant has more than eleven years of experience in nonprofit development and management as both a professional and volunteer.  Currently, she serves as the coordinator of Austin Community College’s Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations (ACC CCBNO) and the President of ROCA Resources, Inc. Bryant is committed to nonprofit excellence through capacity building efforts through strategic thought and planning.  She has facilitated and or provided assistance to leadership gatherings, coalitions, boards of directors, planning committees, resource developers, nonprofit professional groups, conference organizers, event managers and many others.

Candyss began her professional career in Columbus, Georgia, as a marketing director for a start-up Women’s Professional Fastpitch Softball League. While working full-time positions with the National Infantry Association, Columbus State University and Goodwill Industries, she began independently consulting in 1999 and later developed ROCA Resources in 2001. It was during this time that she began training and instruction for hospitality classes and nonprofit training classes with an emphasis in strategic planning, board governance and special event planning.  Bryant is the original founder and coordinator of Columbus, Georgia’s Nonprofit Academy.

Bryant has had the honor and opportunity to serve many businesses and organizations with her organizational skills and broad knowledge of various business services. Currently, Bryant works extensively with the United States Army RANGERS to produce the Best Ranger Competition as seen on ESPN, OLN, the Discovery channel and in publications such a Sports Illustrated.  Bryant’s event experience includes collegiate athletics at Ohio University and varying professional sports arenas.  With Bryant’s leadership and guidance, ROCA Resources, Inc. developed the Chattahoochee Valley Adventure Challenge that debuted in Columbus, Georgia, March 19, 2005.

Although Bryant is new to the Austin community, her dedication to civic responsibility is noted through various community service projects and initiatives.  She is a past chairman of the Columbus Children, Youth and Family Coalition (a Family Connection collaborative) and the Community Assets and Critical Issues steering committee for a collaborative effort spearheaded by United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and the Columbus Children, Youth and Family Coalition.  Bryant has also served on the executive committee of the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation. Other recent community service projects include: Committee assignments for Covering Kids and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice. 



Event Contact

Event Coordinator

Neelam Noorani

Candyss Bryant









Hosted by

Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations at
Austin Community College

Working effectively to bring people and assets together
to achieve the common good.

The Center for Community-Based & Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College (ACC CCBNO) serves those engaged in the Nonprofit Sector by leveraging community assets and serving as a community partnership broadening the horizons and possibilities for those engaged in the Nonprofit Sector

  • Connecting the Nonprofit Sector
  • Providing Professional & Volunteer Development Learning Opportunities
  • Making available Resources, Information, & Referral
  • Offering Coaching, Consultation, Collaboration

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