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Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
April 26 – 29, 2018




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The 2018 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Building Resilience in Changing Times, will highlight how organizations are advancing excellence in child and family services in changing times. Conference presentations will feature evidence-informed/evidence-based programs and practices and their related policies and tools that lead to the successful implementation of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare.

The conference will build on learning and examine how organizations in the United States and globally are responding to changes in funding, policies, and client needs through advocacy, community organizing, and service change; demonstrate the resiliency in organizations, families, and communities in response to changing times; and lay the groundwork for transitioning to CWLA’s second century of service in 2020.

This exciting conference is a prime opportunity for you to reconnect with your practice and policy colleagues from around the country and to interact with national-level representatives who are focused on improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. It is designed to encourage cross-system, cross-sector, and local to national communication about some of the most pressing issues related to children and families.

The conference will feature a pre-conference session focused on critical policy issues facing child welfare; Advocacy Day activities; special learning opportunities for public sector staff members; five full conference plenary sessions on current issues; workshops, poster sessions, and learning labs; and an extended learning opportunity in our two-day Training Institute.

The uniqueness of the CWLA National Conference is that it provides an opportunity for people from every state; public and private providers from child welfare and other fields of service; corporations, advocates, educators, youth, and family members to come together and share learning based on our common vision of a better future for all children.

Reasons to Attend:

  • Experience exceptional learning
  • Hear outstanding presentations
  • Meet your Members of Congress
  • Make YOUR voice heard—Promote child welfare policy priorities
  • Network with colleagues and peers
  • Advance excellence in child and family services
  • Share ideas and wisdom on responding to change
  • Learn about resiliency in organizations, families, & communities
  • Visit monuments & attractions in our nation’s capital

We look forward to seeing you April 26 – 29 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

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At-a-Glance Schedule

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

11:00 am – 6:00 pm

12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
National Advocacy Leaders Convening

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 am – 5:30 pm

10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Capitol Hill Visits


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Public Sector-Focused Workshops A

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Public Sector-Focused Workshops B


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner Plenary Session

7:00 pm
Dessert Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, April 27, 2018

7:30 am – 5:30 pm

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Annual Meeting Breakfast

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, April 27, 2018 (cont.)

8:45 am – 10:15 am
Plenary Session

10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Learning Labs

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Learning Labs

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Workshops C

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Plenary Session

5:30 pm
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Saturday, April 28, 2018

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Poster Sessions Breakfast

8:45 am – 10:15 am
Workshops D

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Workshops E

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Lunch Plenary Session

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Training Institute Sessions

Sunday, April 29, 2018

8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Training Institute Sessions

Plenary Sessions

The 2018 National Conference Plenary Sessions will be panel presentations to share and discuss current issues for the field of child welfare.  Join us to hear from experts and leaders about these important topics and efforts for advancing excellence and building resilience in changing times.

Advocacy: Speaking Up in Turbulent Times
The goal of this plenary session is to bring together national leaders to share their knowledge about the critical issues in Congress that will impact child welfare and children and families in general. Given the changing dynamics, the decision about topics to be discussed will not be made until after January, when this still-new Administration has introduced its first complete budget and set of policy proposals. Come learn about the current issues and policies that all of us need to be aware of so that we can speak up for children and families who are vulnerable.

Thinking Outside the Box: What Works in Workforce Development and Wellness
This plenary presentation will provide innovative ways to build and sustain the child welfare workforce, including effective workload supports, changes to leadership at all levels, strategic recruitment and retention, and worker resiliency and well-being. Speakers will address special supports ranging from caseload/workload protections to the use of technology.

Building Evidence That Fits Your Community: The Untold Story about Implementation Science
The primary goal of this plenary session is to demonstrate the potential for research to honor, respect, and give voice to community. That is, to show how research can complement rather than compete with practice wisdom and community expertise. A second goal is to illustrate how research can facilitate opportunities for learning and improvement and generate evidence that is responsive to the needs and culture of a local community.

Emerging Issues Affecting the Mental Health of Children at Risk of or Involved with Child Welfare
While much progress has taken place over the last decade to address the mental health needs of children i n general and in particular those at risk of or involved with child welfare, there is still much more that needs to be done in order to achieve the CWLA National Blueprint vision of all children flourishing. Advances in other fields such as neuroscience and implementation science, and such issues as the continuing substance use in this country—in particular the current opioid crisis— compel us to continue to try new approaches and find workable solutions. Plenary presenters, who are leaders at the federal and national level, will address what they see as the emerging issues that we will need to be paying attention to and addressing going forward.

Reimagining Child Welfare
As children and families are met with new and emerging challenges in our changing society, the field of child welfare must harness developing strategies and technologies to respond effectively to support the healthy development of children, families, and communities. This final plenary session will draw upon the research, approaches, and strategies presented through earlier plenary sessions to create a new vision and way forward for child welfare to achieve its mission and promote resilience.

Check back soon for details on plenary session presenters.

Workshops, Learning Labs & Poster Sessions

Details coming soon…


CWLA National Advocacy Leaders Convening
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 • 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This special pre-conference event will build on our recent activism and work with CWLA members and leaders. Participants will receive the latest updates from Capitol Hill and have an opportunity to engage in important policy discussions about the legislative challenges and opportunities in these changing times. The Convening will feature several panel discussions and speakers on the vital issues coming before Congress in 2018. Panelists will include key legislative staff from the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee.

Of particular focus will be discussion of legislative proposals to address the impact of the opioid epidemic on child welfare, the Administration’s 2018 positions and priorities for child welfare, the impact of the latest health care initiatives—especially regarding the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid—and the range of budget cuts and appropriations. The Convening will wrap up with instructions and discussion on going to Capitol Hill—which is conveniently just a few minutes’ walk from our conference venue.

Capitol Hill Visits
Thursday, April 26, 2018 • 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join Us for Advocacy Day 2018 and Go to the Hill!

CWLA members and conference participants will have an opportunity to take what they have learned from the National Advocacy Leaders Convening on Wednesday afternoon and information from the Thursday-morning policy plenary to go to Capitol Hill and meet their Senators and House Members. This year, we are providing a dedicated time to go to Capitol Hill. The conference hotel is a short distance away from Capitol Hill offices—just a brief walk to reach your Senators and Representatives.

The most important thing you can do while you’re at the conference is to promote child welfare priorities on Capitol Hill! In these alarming times of budget cuts, devastating health care proposals, and a range of legislative challenges affecting children—from home visiting, to CHIP, to CAPTA, to the Social Services Block Grant and potential changes to foster care, adoption and kinship care—it is more important than ever to make your constituent voice heard. CWLA staff will provide instructions and information so that you can set up meetings with your members of Congress and Senators before you come to Washington. Meeting with your members of Congress or their key staff is incredibly important—especially in times like these, with the opioid epidemic impacting children and families and 2018 being the first full year of the new administration’s legislative agenda. Even if you don’t meet with members of Congress themselves, their staff members are their closest advisors and can heavily influence decisions. Value every moment with them!

In 2017, CWLA was in the fight: the Affordable Care Act, Home Visiting, CHIP, Medicaid block grants, budget cuts, and much more! What will the fight be in 2018? Block Grants? Cuts in Child Welfare funding? Cuts to your children’s funding?

Your Voice is Powerful When You Deliver it in Person!

Training Institute

The two-day Training Institute offers an extended learning opportunity for conference attendees. Select the “Premium” Full Conference Registration to participate in an additional day and a half of exceptional educational offerings. The Training Institute sessions will provide you with an opportunity for in-depth learning on some of today’s most relevant topics. Participants should select both a Saturday and Sunday training session when registering. Lunch will be provided on Sunday.

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Using the 3-5-7 Model to Improve Child Well-Being: Fidelity and Implementation Management
Children and youths engaged with the child welfare system can experience grief and loss because of trauma, broken relationships, and inadequate attachments. Interventionists are often challenged to implement effective strategies that help youths to reestablish trusting relationships and to promote overall psychological well-being. The 3-5-7 Model, a strengths-based approach that empowers children, youths, and families to engage in grieving and integrating significant relationships, is an evolving scientifically based model. In this session, participants will learn about the 3-5-7 Model. A multifaceted learning approach is used to impart critical lessons about model implementation, coaching, training, supervision, and evaluation.
Trainer(s): Dr. Ramona Denby-Brinson, Associate Dean for Research, Arizona State University, College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Phoenix, AZ; Darla Henry, President, Dr. Darla Henry & Associates, Inc., Harrisburg, PA; Stephanie Hodge Wolfe, Program Director, Darla Henry & Associates, Inc., Harrisburg, PA; Dr. Keith A. Alford, Director, Syracuse University, School of Social Work, Syracuse, NY; and Efren Gomez, Visiting Researcher, The Brookings Institution, Center on Children and Families Economic Studies, Washington, DC

Technology and Teen Suicide
Advancements in technology and social media have brought the world closer in many ways. For some, their online presence is directly related to social status and peer acceptance. When faced with rejection, many users are turning to injurious behavior often resulting in suicide. This training will explore ways to identify and reduce risks associated with social media and suicide, particularly for children in child welfare. The intended audience for this training includes administrators, supervisors, direct service workers, and caregivers of children and youth in care.
Trainer(s): Marcus Stallworth, LMSW, CWLA Training and Development Specialist, Naugatuck, CT

Becoming Trauma-Informed: Moving from Awareness to Action
Exposure to traumatic stress is increasingly understood as a public health issue with far-reaching consequences for individuals and society. Impacts are seen in the behavioral health, physical health, homelessness, child welfare, and justice systems. Awareness of the effects of trauma has led to a call to adopt a trauma-informed approach organization- and system-wide. In a trauma-informed agency, all aspects of a service delivery system—from how the workforce is trained to what procedures and policies are adopted—are designed to promote resilience and healing for service users, providers, and organizations. Participants in this training will have the opportunity to learn about: a framework and process for adopting a trauma-informed approach program- or organization-wide; individual and organizational strategies for providing trauma-informed care; and an instrument that measures current capacity in trauma-informed care at an organizational level.
Trainer(s): Kathleen Guarino, LMHC, Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

Rural Community Models for Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting African American Families who Adopt
Although African American youth represent 14.5 % of the U.S. child population, they represent 23% or 24,312 of the 111,820 children waiting to be adopted in the U.S. foster care system. Most state and local agencies are challenged to find permanent families for these waiting children. Often, recruitment of African American families is primarily focused on urban communities. However, this training session will focus on the successful adoptions of hundreds of African American children by African American families living in rural communities in South Carolina and Texas. Specifically, the presenters will focus on findings from a recent study that identified agency, community, spiritual, and familial factors that led to these successful placements of more than 700 African American children from foster care. This hands-on training will provide strategies for developing innovative, community-based models to expand options for achieving permanency for African American children and will include exercises related to the recruitment, retention, and support of families for all children.
Trainer(s): Kathleen Belanger, MSW, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches TX; Joe Haynes, Adoption Advocacy, Spartanburg, SC; and Ruth G. McRoy, MSW, PhD, Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor, Boston College School of Social Work

The Value of Accreditation: Moving Your Agency toward Excellence
Accreditation provides agencies the opportunity to make a commitment to excellence and best practice standards by providing quality services and effectively managing resources. Come meet with key accrediting bodies to learn more about the importance and value of accreditation, as well as how you can move your agency toward excellence.
Trainer(s): TBD

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Neighbors Helping Neighbors to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect: How We Are Doing and How We Can Do Better
Almost 25 years ago, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) said that a strategy to eliminate child abuse and neglect must ensure neighborhoods are “safe havens” for children and families since “child maltreatment in a neighborhood is often tied to the quality of life in that neighborhood.” Further, the Advisory Board said that addressing CAN requires contributions from many stakeholders, including health, law enforcement, mental health, social services, education, housing, transportation, and the communities themselves. While the Advisory Board did not specifically use the words “social determinants of health” (SDOH), their approach clearly includes addressing them. The Advisory Board also stated that families, communities, and youth should be empowered to identify their needs and identify solutions.

This training will help formulate answers to the following questions:

  • How are we doing in addressing the social determinants of health in order to eliminate CAN?
  • How can we do better, particularly with regard to empowering communities and youth?

In this session, participants will be provided:  an analysis of data on child abuse and neglect (CAN) and CAN fatalities and recommendations from fatality reviews as a way of identifying critical SDOH and how they have or have not been recognized or addressed; and a few examples of how different sectors (law enforcement, education, child welfare) have worked with communities to solve their problems and how youth themselves have been a powerful force for change.

This training will engage participants in: critical conversation around the challenges and solutions to address the social determinants of health in the prevention of CAN; assessing how the recommendations of their fatality reviews (child death review, domestic violence fatality review, fetal infant mortality review) could assist in addressing the SDOH; and identifying three new strategies that could be implemented to engage communities and youth in preventing child abuse and neglect and the most tragic outcome: fatalities.
Trainer(s): Liz Oppenheim, JD, Vice President, Hyzer Group, Arlington, VA

Youth Involved with Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: The Power of Partnership in Building Youth and System Resiliency
Youth who touch both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, also known as “dual status youth,” are among the most vulnerable served by each system. Those working with these youth recognize the challenges inherent in serving children who often have high needs, significant trauma, and tenuous or largely absent support systems. Systems are strained by these challenges, and youth are suffering the consequences, as demonstrated by poor outcomes in both adolescence and adulthood. The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice has developed a framework for addressing these challenges and promoting collaboration between agencies that together can achieve what no single system can alone. In this training, staff from the RFK National Resource Center will provide dynamic guidance on the tools, approaches, and recommended practices to improve outcomes for this population of youth, thereby strengthening the systems and agencies serving these valuable young people.

The session will include child welfare practitioners who have successfully built partnerships with their juvenile justice counterparts and witnessed the establishment and strengthening of a true alliance in serving these highly vulnerable youth.  Participants will engage in interactive discussions and activities to explore the benefits and challenges of collaborative work on behalf of the youth involved in child welfare and juvenile justice, and will leave with knowledge, tools and a roadmap for strengthening their agency or organization’s ability to serve dual status youth.
Trainer(s): Jessica Heldman, Associate Executive Director, RFK National Resource Center, Boston, MA

Protecting Our Children: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
What is human trafficking—also known as modern day slavery—and what is domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST)? The biggest concern for those combating human trafficking in the United States is helping US- born youth in DMST. This training will give professionals and caregivers the skills and tools needed to recognize the signs of DMST, and to engage and protect the children involved. The training is interactive and uses scenarios, group discussion, and videos to demonstrate how to address DMST.

The training, based on the CWLA curriculum Protecting Our Children: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Training for Out-of-Home Care Professionals, utilizes a train-the-trainer model designed to equip participants to engage others in learning how to identify, report, and prevent DMST in the community at large and in out-of-home-care settings (family foster care, residential facilities, drop-in centers, homeless shelters, juvenile justice settings, aftercare programs).
Trainer(s): Emily Wampler, MSW, LSW, Protecting Our Children Curriculum Author, Columbus, OH

Mental Health First Aid
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
(please note end time) 
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. This Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification training will teach participants how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders, provide comfort, de-escalate those in crisis, and if necessary, refer someone to professional help. This eight-hour interactive and evidence-based session has been taught to more than a million people in the United States and hundreds of thousands more in 25 other countries around the world.
Trainer(s): LaKiesha Cotton, Statewide Lead for MHFA, and New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department, Behavioral Health Services, Santa Fe, NM; and Jewell Good, MSW, LISW-S, Assistant Director, Montgomery County Children Services, Dayton, OH

Be sure to check back regularly for updated information regarding additional training sessions!

Hotel & Travel

Conference Location and Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234
Conference Room Rate:  $249

Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel. You can reserve by phone at 1-888-421-1442 or online at Hyatt Reservations. Room availability and special rates are guaranteed only until April 5, 2018, or until the space is filled.


The closest airport to the conference is Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). A map of the area, driving directions, and ground transportation options are available at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.


Make a lasting impression on child and family experts and advocates. Become a conference sponsor or sponsor a special event, food function, or conference item. For more information, please contact


  • Company logo and name billing on conference signage
  • Inserts for conference tote bags
  • Company logo on sponsor page in conference final program


  • Exhibit booth discount (50%)
  • Quarter-page ad space in the conference final program

SILVER SPONSORS – $15,000 (All the above AND)

  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Half-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Exhibit booth
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Recognition in five conference e-blasts

GOLD SPONSORS – $25,000 (All the above AND)

  • Add-On Eligibility (see options below)
  • Company logo on CWLA conference material and on the CWLA website,
  • Full-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Special recognition in five conference e-blasts

PLATINUM SPONSORS – $50,000 (All the above AND)

  • Webinar opportunity
  • Two “specialty advertisements” in CWLA’s The Networker, our twice-monthly e-news brief
  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Company logo on conference tote bag
  • Full-page ad space in the conference registration program (mailed to 13,000+ mailing list)
  • Special recognition in ALL conference e-blasts
  • Discounted Add-Ons (25%)

SPONSOR ADD-ONS (For Gold and Platinum Levels Only)

  • PATH TO EXCELLENCE – $5,000 (per day)
    • Company name, logo, and booth number on floor arrows from front door of hotel directly to your exhibit booth, featured outside of the exhibit hall entrance (first come, first served)
  • KEYS TO EXCELLENCE (two options):
    • Key Cards – $3,000 – Company name/ logo (your design and message) on all attendee hotel key cards
    • Adhesive Cell Phone Wallet – $5,000 – Company name/ logo (your design and message) on all attendee souvenir adhesive cell phone wallet for key cards/credit cards

COFFEE/SNACK BREAK SPONSORS – $10,000 (four available)

  • Exhibit booth discount (50%)
  • Quarter-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Company logo and name billing on meal function signage


  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Half-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Exhibit booth
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Recognition in five conference e-blasts
  • Company logo and name billing on meal function signage
  • Exclusive sponsor for conference box lunch (ONE available)


  • Company logo on CWLA conference material and on the CWLA website,
  • Full-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Special recognition in five conference e-blasts
  • Four breakfast or lunch sponsorships available


  • Webinar opportunity
  • Two “specialty advertisements” in CWLA’s The Networker, our twice-monthly e-news brief
  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Company logo on conference tote bag
  • Full-page ad space in the conference registration program (mailed to 13,000+ mailing list)
  • Special recognition in ALL conference e-blasts
  • Acknowledgement during reception champagne toast
  • Exclusive sponsor for opening reception (ONE available)


  • Exclusive sponsor of conference charging station
  • Company logo and name billing on charging station signage
  • Quarter-page ad space in the conference final program

CONFERENCE WI-FI – $5,000 (two available)

  • Company logo on Wi-Fi cards distributed to attendees with password


  • Company name and logo on business card flash drive/USB


  • Company name/logo on conference name badge lanyards


  • Exclusive sponsor of conference Zumba class
  • Company logo on water bottles for all class participants

Exhibiting & Advertising


Meet face-to-face with CEOs, administrators, workers, researchers, advocates, and other child and family experts and advocates who are eager to explore new thinking and new products. As a bonus, CWLA vendors will receive the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists for marketing.

Exhibiting is an easy and economical approach to share your company brand and products. The exhibit hall is the hub of the conference being the location of the opening reception, breakfast, lunch, and a snack/coffee break. This year, we will have a scavenger hunt and exciting raffle prizes sure to drive excitement and traffic to and through the exhibit hall!

Past exhibitors who have expressed success at our conference include software companies, publishers, insurance brokers, banks, trainers, accreditors, member and non-member agencies, and other organizations with a message for child and family professionals and leaders. Exhibiting at CWLA is easy, effective, and rewarding.

Interested in sponsoring the overall conference or the room key cards, flash drives, adhesive cell phone wallets, lanyards, conference Wi-Fi, or a coffee break?  Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities. We have options for nearly every organization and budget.

Special Events in the Exhibit Hall:

  • Snack/Coffee Break
  • Opening Reception
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Raffles and Prizes

Exhibit Fees (per 8′ x 10′ space):

  • $1550 for Premium Vendors (high traffic space)
  • $1295 for General Vendors
  • $1095 for CWLA Member Organizations


    • 8′ x 10′ space with standard booth drapery
    • 6′ x 2′ draped table
    • 2 side chairs
    • A complimentary registration for one exhibit staffer with access to all conference sessions, workshops, and meal functions.
      Additional exhibit staffers must register at a special rate of $425.
    • A 7″ x 44″ booth identification sign
    • Optional add-ons: tote bag insert, raffle tickets, etc. (see below)
    • List of registrants for pre-conference marketing
    • Post-conference attendee mailing list for one-time use
    • Dedicated exhibit hall times and functions
    • A 30% discount on all conference advertising

Scavenger Hunt – Promote Your Specialty

Attendees will be given a list of items to find around the exhibit hall. They won’t know which exhibitor has which item on the list, so they will have to visit each one until they have collected all the coveted scavenger items. As an exhibitor, you can promote your service or product by “sponsoring” an item for the hunt. This means that a desired “item” on the list will be found only at your exhibit booth!

  • Cost: $250
  • Provide an item from your booth as a required object for the Scavenger Hunt
  • Promote your company services/specialty (i.e. Find the booth that provides first class training for social workers; Find the booth that helps improve quality services with accreditation)

Meet & Greet Raffle

All exhibitors will receive 25 raffle tickets to give to anyone who visits your booth. If you want to be super popular, you can sponsor a roll of raffle tickets (200) and give visitors to your booth EXTRA tickets if they stay and listen to your presentation or sign up for more information. The more tickets they receive, the more chances they have to win fabulous prizes!

  • Cost: $250
  • Attendees can win prizes with raffle tickets provided by Exhibitor (i.e. Give one raffle ticket if they stop by; give five tickets if they sign-up to receive more information, etc.)

Tote Bag Inserts – An Exhibitor/Sponsor Exclusive!

  • Cost: $400
  • Limit: One item per bag, per Exhibitor

Exhibit Hall Dates & Times (subject to change without notice)

  • Set up: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 5:30 pm
  • Dismantle: Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Exhibiting Dates & Times: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00pm – Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00pm

Registration and Payment:

  • To Exhibit, REGISTER ONLINE. Registering means you agree with the TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
  • Payment in full is due with ONLINE REGISTRATION. Pay by credit card or select “Bill Me” option to receive an invoice.
  • Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis beginning November 1, 2017.


Questions?  E-mail


Maximize your exposure! Advertise in the conference final program.


  • Full-color advertising!
  • Exhibitors receive a 30% discount on all conference advertising.


  • Reserve final program ad space by March 2, 2018.
  • Submit art by March 12, 2018.

Ad Rates and Options:

Ad Type Size (Inches) Exhibitor Cost Non-Exhibitor Cost
Sixth Page 2.5 x 4.75 $210 $350
Quarter Page Vertical 3.37 x 4.75 $420 $675
Half Page Vertical 3.75 x 9.25 $840 $1,300
Half Page Horizontal 7.50 x 4.75 $840 $1,300
Full page (no bleed) 7.50 x 10.00 $1,680 $2,500
Full page (bleed) 8.75 x 11.25 $1,680 $2,500
Back Cover (no bleed) 7.50 x 7.000 to 8.000 $2,100 $3,450
Back Cover (bleed) 8.75 x 7.25 to 8.25 $2,100 $3,450

Registration and Payment:


Questions?  E-mail

Take-One Exhibiting

Can’t be with us in person, but have a message for conference attendees? Send fliers, brochures and other material for our Take-One tables in the Exhibit Hall and/or near Conference Registration.

Cost: $300.00 per item

General Shipping Instructions:

  • Clearly label all boxes.
  • Ship by traceable means.
  • Leftover items will not be returned.
  • Materials should not arrive earlier than Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Registration and Payment:

  • Payment in full is due with ONLINE REGISTRATION. Pay by credit card or select “Bill Me” option to receive an invoice.


Questions?  E-mail

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