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2018 Upstate New York Conference [Attendee]

10/2/2018 to 10/5/2018
When: October 2 - 5, 2018
Where: Albany Marriott
189 Wolf Rd
Albany, New York  12205
United States
Contact: Alan Leonard
(315) 228-7477

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Conference Agenda

The tentative conference agenda is available for review. Please note it is subject to change as we finalized the last details.

Get excited! Check out this short video prepared by our opening keynote speaker!

Our Opening Keynote Speaker:

Change Smarts: Big Ideas to Help You Navigate through Workplace Change

Erika Garms, Ph.D.
CEO, WorkingSmarts

Read her article in the 2017 Winter issue of the Educational Procurement Journal

Organizational change initiatives fail to reach their intended goals more than 66% of the time! This statistic hasn't budged in decades.

In any other professional practice, would a 34% success rate be acceptable? Why hasn't this metric improved in so many years? And why does workplace change cause so much stress and drama despite all the change management training and resources allocated to help people through the discomfort?

We've done the best we've known how to do, based on the science we had available to us. Our change management approaches and techniques have not taken into account our biological responses to change simply because we haven't had access to the research we now have within reach! We've been shooting ourselves in the foot, so to speak, because until now, we haven't understood how significant the impact our biology has on the success of our change efforts in the workplace.
In this program, we lift the veil. Discover a novel way to approach transition.

Our Thursday Afternoon Speaker:

Cultivating a Meaningful Professional Network

Jonathan Hulbert
Director of Leadership & Organizational Development
SUNY Buffalo State College

How can I develop a professional network that can connect me to my future career goals and leads to successful business opportunities for my institution? We ask ourselves these two questions anytime we are in a social situation with professionals from other organizations, but we are challenged with identifying who we should meet, knowing the strategies to create a memorable connection with someone we just met, cultivating a professional connection into a significant business opportunity, and creating a network that continually improves our business reputation. During this session we will examine and practice networking strategies rooted in the psychology of influence and emotional intelligence that will allow you to develop a truly meaningful professional network.

Our Closing Keynote Speaker:

No Excuse! Incorporating Core Values, Accountability & Balance into Your Life & Career

Jay C. Rifenbary
President, Rifenbary Training & Development
2017 Vistage Speaker of the Year

Based on a solid foundation of core values this exciting program teaches, validates and supports the importance of key principles and skills such as, self-responsibility, organizational accountability, integrity, personal honesty, professionalism, self-respect, forgiveness, passion and positive attitude; as they pertain to one’s personal and professional success, and the success of others. Ultimately, this positively contributes to the morale and productivity of the individual and organization, resulting in a higher level of performance; and a greater level of personal understanding leading to a more productive, balanced and fulfilling career and life.

Attendees will discover how to:

·      Identify a foundation of core values applicable to the enhancement of both your personal and professional life.

·      Define those core values in regard to how they pertain to the overall mission and vision of the organization.

·      Develop an interactive blueprint of the relationship between the core values presented, and other principles of success.

·      Identify strategies for internalizing self-development and enhancing self-respect.

·      Implement forgiveness personally and professionally to enhance communication and performance.

·      Incorporate strategies for creating a healthy and productive life balance.

·      Develop the character qualities to become a principled leader in all areas of your life.

Our Wednesday Night Host Event: Blowing Off Steam: Dinner & Dance

Your full conference registration includes admittance to our host event. Join us for dinner and dancing! More details to follow.

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the:

Marriott Albany

189 Wolf Rd.
Albany, NY 12205

Call the hotel directly at 800-443-8952 and reference group code: NAE to make your hotel reservations at the NAEP Upstate NY discounted rate. 

You may also reserve your room online by clicking here. Please note that the Marriott Albany online link may not work and will direct you to an error page on their site. If this happens, please make your reservations by phone. Should you encounter any problems with hotel reservations, please contact Alan Leonard at Colgate University for assistance.

You can also use the direct hotel link by cutting and pasting the following into your browser:

The name of room block is : Upstate NY Region of NAEP Annual Conference 2018. The NAEP Upstate New York discounted room rate is $116 per night plus applicable taxes. Room nights are available from 10/1-10/5.  Reserve your room by September 15th to receive the discount.

Vendor Show

We will once again have an exhibit hall during the meeting. If you are a vendor interested in exhibiting or sponsoring, click here.


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New Phone Number Starting May 1: 443.281.9901
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