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2020 NAMI Texas Annual Conference and Awards Celebration

November 6 – 7, 2020
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade 
San Antonio, Texas

Who should attend?
Mental health stakeholders, people living with mental health conditions, supportive friends and family, and YOU!

What to expect?
Keynote speakers, latest research, workshops, networking opportunities, exhibits, understanding, and encouragement.

Why attend?
Learn, share, and celebrate in a stigma-free space.

When: The Conference begins Friday, November 6th at 2:00 pm and ends Saturday, November 7th at 5:00 pm. A pre-conference Affiliate Development Symposium for Affiliate Leaders will be held on Friday, November 6th from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Where: Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd, San Antonio, TX

What about COVID?: We are closely monitoring COVID-19 protocols, rates, safety practices, and other information to determine the safest possible path forward. Postponement or cancellation are options (please see below ‘Cancellation Policy’). We will be announcing any decisions regarding the Conference on this page and via all NAMI Texas communications channels. It is possible that we may decide to have a Virtual Conference instead of an in-person Conference. It is possible that we may be able to move forward with an in-person Conference. We will know more as the situation continues to unfold. Safety is our #1 priority.

Register now! Register by September 20 to get the early bird rates.


2020 NAMI Texas Awards Celebration
Friday, November 6th at 5:30 pm
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade

Join us for dinner and celebration in San Antonio on Friday, November 6th to honor our state’s best mental health advocates, experts, peers and volunteers!

Charley H. Shannon Advocate for Justice Award
Betty Fulenwider Media Award
Mental Health Professional of the Year Award
Volunteer of the Year Award
Youth Volunteer of the Year Award
Mark Korenek Peer Quality of Life Award
Jackie Shannon Enduring Volunteer
Dedication to the Cause Award

See past award recipients


Hotel Information






The NAMI Texas Conference and Awards Celebration will take place at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade.

This stylish, contemporary hotel has wonderful onsite amenities and is located minutes from famous San Antonio attractions like the Riverwalk, San Antonio Zoo, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas – not to mention the shopping, dining, and entertainment options at North Star Mall and The Shops at La Frontera. Come enjoy San Antonio with us!

Reserve your room before 10/15/2020 for the special conference rate of $121 per night. Please note that parking at the Omni is free!

Reserve your room now!


Announcing: Keynote Speaker 

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Kenny Wilson, President and CEO, Haven for Hope 

Kenny Wilson joined Haven for Hope as president and CEO in April 2016. He leads Haven for Hope’s 200-plus employee workforce in their mission to transform the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness.

Prior to Haven for Hope, Wilson served as Market President for Bank of America in San Antonio, a position he held since 2000. He also served U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, as Managing Director and Market Executive, overseeing the investment management, credit, trust, and banking services for high net worth individuals and families in San Antonio, Austin, and Midland.

Conference Tickets Are Available 

These early-bird rates will only be available until September 20th! Purchase yours today!


  • Conference only (NAMI member): $115
  • Conference only (non-member): $140
  • Conference and Awards Celebration (NAMI member): $170
  • Conference and Awards Celebration (non-member): $195
  • Awards Celebration only (NAMI member): $70
  • Awards Celebration only (non-member): $80
  • Friends Table at Awards Celebration (10 seats) – NAMI Member: $650
  • Friends Table at Awards Celebration (10 seats) – non-member: $775

Reserve your hotel room before 10/15/2020, for the special conference rate of $121 per night.

Health and Safety: The Omni’s top priority is the health and safety of their guests and associates.

Cancellation Policy: There are no added fees associated with cancelling your registration for the 2020 NAMI Texas Annual Conference and Awards Celebration. If you cancel on or before October 30th, 2020, NAMI Texas will fully refund you for the cost of your ticket. Please email or call 512-693-2000 to request a refund. We are not, however, able to issue refunds for Eventzilla service fees. Cancellations after October 30th, 2020 are non-refundable. Hotel reservations are placed directly through the Omni (not through Eventzilla) and requests for refunds for hotel rooms must go through the Omni.

Election Reminder  

Up until 5 pm CT on Friday, August 7th, we are accepting recommendations for bylaws amendments and nominations for positions on the NAMI Texas Board of Directors.


NAMI Texas is moving forward with plans for an in-person Conference at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade. 

The Conference Planning Committee has identified some special topics of interest for the 2020 Conference workshops, but all submissions are welcome and encouraged:

• Recovery and Resilience

• Mental Health in Schools and Colleges/Universities

• Prevention and Trauma

• Peer and Family Support

• Digital Technologies / Telehealth

• Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

• Secondary Trauma / Mental Health of First Responders

• Advocacy

• Self-Care

• Innovations in Mental Health Care

• Suicide Prevention

• Sharing Our Stories

The link to the presenter application is HERE. On the application, you can select if you’re interested in presenting in an in-person format, virtual format, or both.

NAMI Texas is a nonprofit with a limited budget, and in general does not cover expenses nor pay fees for presenters. Most presenters volunteer their time. If you are unable to volunteer, but wish to submit an application, please do so and provide specifics on fees and anticipated expenses.

Please email your completed application form by Monday, July 13th, 2020 to The Conference Planning Committee will notify you no later than Monday, July 20th, 2020 if your proposal is accepted.

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