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2018 Northeast Regional Conference

June 24–26, 2018
Buffalo, NY

Join us for the Northeast Regional Conference in Buffalo, NY! 


Registration Information

Registration Information Details

Early bird conference rate is $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers
Early Bird deadline is May 10
Post conference add-on is $100.


Exhibitor Information

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Exhibitor Information Details

Exhibit booth rates:

ALP Members - $200

Non-Members - $250

Contact info@alpleaders.org for more information

Sunday Evening Welcome Reception

Shea’s Performing Arts Center: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Evening Welcome Reception Details

Hosted by: Leadership Buffalo, NY

Shea’s Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is a campus of three theatres in downtown Buffalo comprised of Shea’s Smith Theatre, Shea’s 710 Theatre, and the historic crown jewel, Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. These venues boast varying styles of performing arts, but all are sure to please the audiences that attend. From touring Broadway to International collaborations and local rentals, SPAC helps enrich the theatre arts culture and Main St business renaissance downtown.

Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, the historic crown jewel of SPAC, opened in 1926 under the moniker of “The Wonder Theatre” and was the dream of Michael Shea. Originally serving as a movie house under Paramount Pictures with “an acre of seats”, it would later stage vaudeville shows and play host to the likes of the Marx Brothers, Frank Sinatra, George Burns, Bob Hope and more in the 1930’s.

Later in the 1970’s, to save the theatre from demolition, a group of concerned people formed The Friends of Buffalo Theatre. This not-for-profit organization worked to bring about a preliminary restoration and was responsible for getting Shea’s listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

Over the past 20 years, there has been over $30 million in restoration completed, all by volunteers, at Shea’s which allows Buffalo to keep the only surviving Tiffany designed theatre in magnificent condition for our patrons and the community.

Monday Evening Reception

Top of the Falls: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday Evening Reception Details

Date: Monday, June 25
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Top of the Falls (on Goat Island)
Sponsored by: Leadership Niagara

As the only restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls, Top of the Falls Restaurant offers visitors to Niagara Falls State Park a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Scheduled Events

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Dr. G. James Lemoine, University at Buffalo Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness

Luncheon Keynote Speaker Details

Dr. G. James Lemoine is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, where he researches and teaches organizational behavior and leadership. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, an international organization dedicated to fostering positive and effective organizational management.

Dr. Lemoine is the author the book Business Defined; and has co-authored publications on leadership, performance, and organizational behavior in top management journals like the Journal of Applied Psychology, Harvard Business Review, and the Leadership Quarterly.

He received his PhD from the Scheller College at Georgia Tech, and his BS from Louisiana State University. Dr. Lemoine’s doctoral dissertation on Servant Leadership was honored with the International Leadership Association’s “Frederic M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award” in 2016. Before returning to academia, Dr. Lemoine has been both an entrepreneur and a corporate executive, working for companies such as AT&T and the Schwan Food Company.

Post Conference Workshop

Join us for a Facilitation Skills workshop with Rita Markle!

Post Conference Workshop Details

Leveraging Accelerated Learning & Adult Learning Techniques is the most advanced facilitation and learning method in use today. It's a whole-brain system that enhances the design and facilitation of your program, while increasing learning effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the principals of adult learning and what motivates adults to learn.
• Learn the differences between traditional learning methods and accelerated learning methods.
• Learn to shift from a trainer-centered environment to a learner-centered environment by unleashing the whole-brain.
• Utilize the multiple intelligences to enhance the learning environment.
• Apply the accelerated learning methods.

Tuesday, June 26, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This post conference workshop is an add on $100.

Conference Schedule

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Conference Schedule Details

Sunday, June 24, 2018

4:00 p.m.  Registration

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Reception at Shea’s Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m.     Dinner in groups at local restaurants

Monday, June 25, 2018

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast

7:30 a.m. –  9:00 a.m. Registration

8:15 a.m. –  8:45 a.m. Welcome & General Session

9:00 a.m. –  10:20  a.m. Learning Sessions:

  • Dynamic Dialogues
  • Alumni Engagement Strategies
  • Operation Resolve - Leveraging Your Board and Alumni for Civic Impact

10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. - Break

10:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. – Learning Sessions:

  • The Diversity Toolkit
  • Keeping Your Program on the Right Track
  • Branding Your Future!

11:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. - Break

12:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Lunch with Keynote Speaker:

  • Jim Lemoine, PhD.: Servant Leadership

1:40 p.m. –  2:00 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Learning Sessions:

  • Crisis Management for Non-Profits
  • Measuring Outcomes
  • The Essence of Sponsorship

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Round Table Topics

  • Facilitated by Marcey Bryant & Jenna Luehrsen

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wrap Up

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Top of the Falls - Reception and Tour hosted by Leadership Niagara

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

*Post Conference $100

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Leveraging Accelerated Learning & Adult Learning Techniques

Presenter: Rita Markle

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Hotel Information

Embassy Suites - Buffalo

Hotel Information Details

Host Hotel:

Embassy Suites-Buffalo
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York, 14202


Room rate is $119 for early bird registration.

Hotel registration link here

At Embassy Suites by Hilton Buffalo, you'll enjoy easy access to the activity surrounding downtown Buffalo. Just two blocks away is the complimentary light rail to take you to explore many waterfront destinations including KeyBank Center, Riverworks, HarborCenter, and Canalside. Anchoring the first eight floors of the Avant Building, our hotel is surrounded by top banking, medical and government offices including City Hall two blocks away. Take advantage of our airport shuttle service, a direct 15 minute ride to Buffalo International Airport

Get Involved

Conference Planning Committee

This conference could not be possible without the help of this great group of leaders!

Conference Planning Committee Details

Althea Luehrsen, Leadership Buffalo, NY
Ashley Mudd, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, LA
Bob Paulke, LEAD Clermont, OH
Jessie Baginski, Leadership Lake County, OH
Laurie Remer, Leadership Howard County, MD
Liz Zulawski, Leadership Niagara, NY
Marcey Bryant, Leadership Buffalo, NY
Molly Anderson, University at Buffalo, NY
Nicole Deary, Leadership Cumberland, PA
Nikki Morristell, Leadership Lackawanna, PA
Peggy Marone, Leadership Genesee, NY
Jenna Luehrsen, Leadership Buffalo, NY
Jo Ellen Carson, ALP, NC
Lura Hammond, ALP, TX