NYGAP Conference 2019

The 2019 NYGAP Conference will be held on Friday, November 15th at Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY! Below you will find information on our call for education sessions, conference registration, and sponsorship information. Information about keynote speakers, Thursday pre-event social, and conference schedule will be posted once finalized in early October.

Questions? Email us at info@nygap.org, or find a NYGAP e-board member while on the road this fall!

Conference Registration

Registration for the conference is live! Click the title above or here to register. We will be using EventBrite this year for registration purposes.

Pre-Conference Social

Getting into Poughkeepsie on Thursday? Great! Drinks and appetizers are waiting for you, along with NYGAP colleagues. Join us on Thursday, November 14 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Mill House Brewing Company. NYGAP will provide anyone in attendance two tickets for drinks, along with appetizers and snacks so that you can socialize with colleagues from across the state. This is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, and also hold some informal conversations with any of our vendors who you’d like to speak with.

Thanks to DirectDevelopment and Enrollify for their support of our pre-conference social, and their support of NYGAP!

The Basics

  • Date - November 15, 2019.

  • Conference Location - Marist College, 2nd and 3rd floors of the Murray Student Center. Use 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 to arrive to campus. For a map of arrival and parking, click here.

  • Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m, with keynote beginning at 9:00 a.m.

  • Conference Hotel - Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

    • Visit  www.pokgrand.com

    • Click on “BOOK A ROOM”

    • Select the proper check-in/check-out dates for the event (Nov 14 – 15 or Nov 15 – 16)

    • Where it reads Promotional Code please enter “NYGAP”

    • Click “Check Availability” and the room options will appear

    • Follow the instructions to fill out your information

    • When you are finished you will receive a confirmation number

Education Sessions and Schedule

The schedule below is tentative as of November 12, and subject to change.

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Conference Keynote

NYGAP is excited to welcome Maria Sirois as our 2019 keynote speaker! Maria will kick off our conference with her talk, “Why Optimism Matters.” See below for more information about Maria and what to expect from her keynote.


Why Optimism Matters: Keeping an optimistic view in the light of daily and sudden stressors can seem like a good idea or a useful aspiration and yet robust research indicates that optimism is actually a driver for success at work and in one's personal life. With a grounded optimism we can build our capacity, broaden our awareness and our ability to adapt to changing environments and activate greater health and connection.  Optimism, in other words, is mandatory to a work and a life worth living.  In our conversation, we'll explore this research, it's implications for your work and offer tools that activate a greater facility to move toward positivity while enhancing your sense of authentic leadership and resilience. 

About Maria: Maria is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, she brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. Maria is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts. Her home is in the Berkshire Mountains where she attempts on a daily basis to love her children well enough so that they too find a way to embrace the world with a grounded optimism and a sense of their own strengths. And on most days, she remembers to feed the cat. www.mariasirois.com

2019 Conference Sponsors

Looking to become a conference sponsor? Email info@nygap.org or click here for more information about available sponsorship packages.

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