With COVID-19’s current designation as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, as well as recent federal, state, and university regulations banning large gatherings and travel, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Innovation Summit scheduled for May 13th – 14th, 2020 in Austin, TX.
While the decision to cancel this event was not made lightly, we hold the health and safety of our attendees, presenters, and staff as the most important consideration. We are currently looking into options for rescheduling the Innovation Summit for a later date once the COVID-19 situation has been resolved. We will share this information as soon as we have more details.
Thank you for your support and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact us directly at iTP3@tamu.edu or saxelson@powertodecide.org.
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The Power of Equity in Design

The 2020 Teen Pregnancy Prevention 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 equity in design and will hear from experts and organizations who have successfully used innovative design approaches and techniques.  Space is limited and registration tickets are “first come, first serve”, so make your plans to attend the 2020 Innovation Summit!

Ready to be inspired?

Join us May 13 – 14, 2020 in Austin, 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
  • Adolescent health professionals
  • Program developers
  • Human centered designers
  • Social impact entrepreneurs
  • Social impact investors
  • Educators
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Researchers


Registration is open through April 29, 2020 (or until sold out).  Spots are limited and “first come, first serve”, so make your plans to attend the Innovation Summit, May 13 – 14, 2020 in Austin, Texas!

2-Day Innovation Summit Registration Cost:  $249

Important Registration Information


  • We will not be able to offer refunds for cancellations.

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.

Email:  itp3@tamu.edu


Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

701 E. 11th St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Centrally located in the heart of Austin, the Sheraton Austin is walking distance to many popular downtown attractions and just 11 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

  • The negotiated group rate of $199 per night plus applicable taxes is guaranteed until Friday, April 21, 2020, or until the block fills up.
    • The above rate is applicable for the nights of May 9 – 17, 2020 based on hotel availability.
    • Guestrooms include complimentary wifi for event attendees.
  • To make a reservation by phone, call the Sheraton Austin directly at (512)478-1111 and reference the TPP Innovation Summit.
  • Please note that requests for special room arrangements must be made at time of booking.
  • Parking at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol will be available for a discounted event rate of $10 daily and $15 overnight for self-parking.
  • Check-in begins at 3:00 pm (unless you arrange for earlier check-in time); and check-out is at 12:00 pm.


For transportation from the Austin-Bergstrom International airport, we recommend taking an Uber or Lyft, a Taxi, or renting car if you want to spend time exploring the area!


Day 1 - May 13, 2020

Day 1 will begin at 8:30 am and conclude by 5:00 pm. Activities will include:

  • Presentations and panel discussion focused on existing structural inequities that impact teen pregnancy and adolescent health and the power of equity in design
  • Innovator Showcase highlighting iTP3 and Innovation Next innovations
  • Breakout sessions focused on systemic barriers, equity, and innovative design
  • “Optional” evening social to network with other professionals interested in innovation

Day 2 - May 14, 2020

Day 2 will begin at 9:00 am and conclude by 5:00 pm. Thursday morning will consist of 4 workshop options for attendees to choose from, including

  • How to Recognize Systems-Level Problems
  • Storytelling for Influence
  • Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator
  • Equity in Design 2.0

Thursday afternoon will include Innovator Spark Talks, during which iTP3 and Innovation Next Innovators will share their innovative program design stories. Thursday afternoon will conclude with a closing keynote focused on the future of innovation in teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent health.

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


How to Identify and Investigate Systems Level Problems

Led by Whitney Garney from Texas A&M University • iTP3

This workshop will introduce systems thinking principals to participants and teach them to diagnosis systems-level problems. It will examine examples from the field by describing past community-based projects that used systems thinking to develop programs and plan priorities, then facilitate a systems mapping technique that will equip participants with the skills needed to start identifying and investigating systems-level problems in their communities.


Equity in Design 2.0

Led by Tania Anaissie • Beytna Design

Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator® (ISPI™): Understand and leverage your innovation talents

Led by Andrew Harrison • Bonfire Consulting

To be as successful as possible, you need to understand the people dynamics of innovation. This starts by learning what you are naturally strong at when it comes to work style, communication preferences and decision making. The next step is to better understand others and how they prefer to innovate. Combining these two pieces of the innovation puzzle will help you navigate your personal, team and organizational development.

Workshop participants will receive a link to complete the Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator® (ISPI™) prior to the workshop. This questionnaire takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete. During the session, each participant will receive a copy of their individual, personalized results, as well as learn how to apply the tool to their work and home organization.

Walk away with:

  • A better understanding of different types of innovation and different types of innovators
  • Insight into your personal innovation preferences, strengths and potential blind spots
  • Learning on how innovation preferences impact teams and organizations
  • Ways to build more effective teams
  • How to apply your personal preferences to leading others

Storytelling for Impact


Whitney Garney (Texas A&M University • iTP3)

Whitney Garney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. She is Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Community Health Evaluation and Systems Science (CHESS), which specializes in community outreach, evaluation, and systems-based research. Her expertise is in community-based research and evaluation, with an emphasis in ecological and systems approaches to public health problems. Her training is in research methods and ecological levels of analysis, including network, policy, and environmental determinants, which allows her to design and conduct studies aimed at a variety of public health problems. Her research has examined community-based approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention, teenage pregnancy prevention, maternal and child health, smoking cessation, access to mental health services, and physical activity in rural communities.

Tania Anaissie (Beytna Design)

Tania Anaissie is the Founder and CEO of Beytna Design, an equity-design firm that supports organizations to actualize their commitments to equity. She is a Founding Co-Creator of Liberatory Design, a new practice of human-centered design that accounts for power, historical context, and oppression. Tania is a Founding Member of the Equity Design Collaborative, a group of leaders building the emerging Equity Design field. Tania is Faculty at The National Equity Project and a Lecturer at the Stanford University d.school where she designs and teaches custom curriculum. Tania is a graduate of Stanford University’s Product Design program and a StartingBloc fellow.

Andrew Harrison (Bonfire Consulting)

Andrew Harrison is the Founder of Bonfire Consulting and the Innovation Ambassador of Idea Connection Systems, Inc. He is the author of the career book, “Love Your 84,000 Hours at Work: Stories on the Road from People with Purpose and Passion” and writer of the innovation how-to book, “The Invisible Element: A Practical Guide for the Human Dynamics of Innovation.” Andrew is a former adjunct professor at St. John Fisher College and is a Master Certified practitioner of the Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator® (ISPI™). He utilizes his experience and skills to help individuals, teams and organizations become more inspired, innovative and successful. Andrew has worked with clients that include ExxonMobil, Walmart, Raytheon, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), NASA, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and many non-profit organizations.



Mozart’s Coffee

  • Grab a coffee and sit on the patio with Lake Austin views. So quiet and relaxing! 
  • 11 min/ 3.8 mi from hotel


  • On the go coffee stand on South Congress
  • 9 min/ 3.1 mi from hotel

Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

  • Tons of cute outdoor space and food trucks!
  • 11 min/4.6 mi from hotel

Quick Bites


  • Handcrafted Mexican inspired, creative tacos with local and organic ingredients. Their award winning salsas send this place to the top of the list.
  • 5 min/ 1.1 mi from hotel 

Whole Foods Flagship Store

  • You can find something for everyone here in their café section.
  • 10 min/ 1.7 mi from hotel

Flower Child

  • Very cute chic spot for lunch or dinner. Healthy food made from whole ingredients.
  • 7 min/ 1.5 mi from hotel


  • The best smoothie you will ever have! With tons of locations around Austin, be sure to hit this up for a healthy treat.
  • 4 min/ 1.0 mi from hotel 

Sit Down Meals


  • This spot is ranch-to-table and has a huge Texas/rustic feel to it.
  • 9 min/ 3mi from hotel

Second Bar and Kitchen

  • Second Bar + Kitchen offers small plates for sharing, locally-recognized salads, delicious pizzas, entrees and desserts to enjoy.
  • 7 min/ 1.1 mi from hotel

Pelon’s Mexican Restaurant

  • Hearty Mexican eats and several patios for relaxed dining.
  • 2 min/ 0.3mi from hotel

Terry Black’s BBQ

  • Spacious, casual stop for pit-smoked meats & housemade sides from famous 4th-generation pitmasters.
  • 9 min/ 2.1 mi from hotel

Classic Entertainment/Attractions

Mount Bonnell

  • Great scenic hiking trails that offer the best view of Austin. FREE!
  • 16 min/5.7 mi from hotel

Texas State Capitol

  • Less than a mile from where we’ll be staying is the gorgeous capitol building. Tours are FREE for everyone, but even if you don’t take a tour, the outside of this is worth taking a picture in front of!
  • 0.8 mi from hotel

Barton Springs Outdoor Pool

  • Located at Zilker park, Barton Springs is a recreational outdoor swimming pool filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. Has a $9 admission fee and is closed on Thursdays for cleaning.
  • 13 min/ 3.2 mi from hotel

Zilker Park

  • Austin’s most beloved park has over 350 acres of publicly owned land that offers all types of fun.
  • 13 min/ 3.2 mi from hotel

"Keep Austin Wierd" Attractions

Mural Walls – Great for photo ops all around town! 

  • “I love you so much” – 1300 S Congress
  • “Greetings from Austin”- 1702 S 1st St (Punch “roadhouse relics” into your GPS or Uber and you won’t miss this wall.)
  • “You’re my butter half”- 2000 E MLK Jr Blvd
  • “Hi, How are you”- Guadalupe & 21st

Willy Nelson Statue 

  • 310 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
  • 8-ft. bronze statue depicting iconic country artist, Willie Nelson, smiling with his guitar.

Cathedral of Junk

  • 4422-4424 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX 78745
  • A whimsical, multilevel shelter that is made with 60+ tons of used furniture, home goods, and other junk. VERY Austin!

South Congress Bridge Bats 

  • Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
  • Right before sunset, 750,000 bats exit from below the bridge. This is truly a sight to see. Best views can be found in the standing room along the sidewalk of the bridge itself, or in the Austin-American Statesman park on the southeast side of the South Congress bridge.