2017 National Conference - Event Details

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2017 National Conference

June 22–24, 2017
Phoenix, AZ

Together We Rise

ALP and Valley Leadership invites you to Phoenix, Arizona for the 2017 National Conference, June 22-24, 2017.   Check out the information below for the outstanding keynote speakers that are lined up!

Scheduled Events

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Thursday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception Details

Valley Leadership will open the conference by showcasing Arizona. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks including the Biltmore's signature Tequila Sunrise while you mingle with VL alumni and ALP members.

Help us welcome conference attendees and showcase why we love Arizona, featuring Marshall Shore The Hip Historian and performances by the Yellowhouse Dancers.

Thursday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker - Friday Opening Session

Keynote Speaker - Friday Opening Session

Tommy Espinoza, Raza Development Fund

Keynote Speaker - Friday Opening Session Details

Tommy Espinoza with Raza Development Fund invests capital and creates financing solutions to increase opportunities for the Latino Community and low-income families.

Service for the love of family is the foundation of RDF. With a focus on lending capital, with business discipline and charity serving poor communities, we help tailor project loans with community leaders and organizations that serve Latino and poor communities.

Our focused community development model keeps us close to the real issues that low-income families face and enables us to anticipate future needs.

Keynote Speaker - Friday Banquet

Keynote Speaker - Friday Banquet

Mi-Ai Parrish, Republic Media

Keynote Speaker - Friday Banquet Details

Mi-Ai Parrish is responsible for leading strategic vision at Republic Media, the largest local media operation of the USA Today Network. America’s largest local news company, the network reaches more than 123 million unique visitors a month through digital operations.

Before joining Republic Media, Parrish was president and publisher of Kansas City Star Media for four years. She was the first woman to hold that position. She served as president and publisher of Idaho’s largest media company for five years before that.

Parrish is a two-time Pulitzer Prize juror, longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association, was named one of the 100 Most Important Minority Journalists of the last century, was named the ACEL Corporate Leader of the Year, and PSA Community Champion.

Keynote Speakers - Saturday Luncheon

Keynote Speakers - Saturday Luncheon

JT Marino and Daehee Park, Co-Founders of Tuft & Needle

Keynote Speakers - Saturday Luncheon Details

Tuft & Needle was founded in 2012 by two software engineers from Silicon Valley who were fed up with the lack of transparency and fairness in the mattress industry.

We believe that business can be honest and premium products don’t need remote controls and payment plans. Especially not mattresses.

Daehee Park's background is in ecommerce and marketing. Prior to Tuft & Needle, he served as a consultant at Acxiom Corporation. Daehee received his bachelor’s degree in Security & Risk Analysis at Penn State University.

John-Thomas (“JT”) Marino leads product and software development. With a passion for thoughtfully designed customer experiences, JT started his career at Hashrocket helping startups build just that. With roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania, JT studied Computer Science at Penn State University.

Conference Schedule

Quick listing of the conference schedule

Conference Schedule Details

Thursday June 22

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Registration Open
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.   Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Pre-Conference Sessions: 

    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Principal & Practices of Deliberation
    • 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Meeting of the Minds:  Understanding People & Advancing Collaboration
    • 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     Leadership Practices for the CEO/Presidents/Directors
    • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.       Directors & Directions: Fundamentals for your Program
      Lunch is included with all of the above from 11:30-12:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   First Timers Orientation
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Welcome Reception

Friday, June 23

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Registration Open
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.    Breakfast
                                           Peer Connections will be held during breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.    Ambassador Meeting
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Exhibit Booths Open
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.    General Session
                                           •  Keynote Speaker:  Tommy Espinoza, Raza Development Fund
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Workshops
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.   Membership Luncheon (Open to everyone)
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.     Workshops
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     Workshops
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.     Reception for Award Recipients (Invitation Only)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.     Dinner Reception
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.     Banquet 
                                          • Keynote Speaker: Mi-Ai Parrish, Republic Media

Saturday, June 24

7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Registration Open
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.     Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.     Leadership Connections LIVE!
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Exhibit Booths Open
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   Workshops
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Workshops
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Lunch
                                          • Keynote Speaker: JT Marino & Daehee Park, Tuft & Needle

Pre-conference Workshops

Get ready for the conference by attending one of these great pre-conference selections! Click the workshop name to see more detailed information.

Workshops

Take a look at the outstanding workshops that are scheduled! Click the workshop you are interested in for more details.

Travel Resources

Hotel

Hotel

Our host hotel for the 2017 National Conference is the Arizona Biltmore!

Hotel Details

Arizona Biltmore
2400 East Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602.955.6600

Guest Room Rate: $159

Hotel Reservation Link
Opens January 1, 2017

Known as “The Jewel of the Desert”, the Arizona Biltmore was constructed in grand form and has been host to vibrant social events for 85 years. The Arizona Biltmore is a living architectural masterpiece, showcasing the seminal influence of America’s most heralded architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Click here for more fascinating history! 

Transportation

Transportation

Transportation Details

Sky Harbour International Airport is easily accessible with all major airlines offering frequent flight options.

Uber is the best and most economical shuttle service from the airport, which is a quick 15 minute ride. The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle.

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