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2018 Fall Educational Conference

October 31 @ 6:00 pm - November 2 @ 10:30 am

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Registration form must be received by October 22.

Please contact memberservices@neami.com if you have any questions.



Curt Steinhorst is the bestselling author of Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace. He is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves. After years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, Curt founded Focuswise, a consultancy that equips organizations to overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly-connected workplace.

Diagnosed with ADD as a child, Curt knows intimately the challenges companies face to keep the attention of today’s distracted workforce and customer. He has coached executives, TV personalities, and well-known professional athletes on how to effectively communicate and create focus when they speak to audiences, lead their employees, and engage their customers.

Curt’s unique insight and entertaining speaking style has captured the attention of audiences worldwide. He speaks more than seventy-five times a year to organizations that include everyone from global leadership associations and nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies.


Hotel reservations: To make your reservations, please visit the DoubleTree or call (607) 722-7575. Reference the group code “PER”. After October 1, rooms are subject to availability. You must reserve under the PERMA block to obtain the group rate of $129/night.

All room charges are payable to the DoubleTree Binghamton. If you are tax-exempt, be prepared to provide documentation. Contact the DoubleTree Binghamton at (607) 722-7575 to make reservations.



6:30-7:30 pm – Early Arrival/Commuter Registration and Cocktail Reception


8:00 am – Conference Registration
8:00-9:00 am – Breakfast Buffet
9:00-10:15 am – Session I
10:30-11:45 am – Session II
12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch Buffet
1:00-2:30 pm – Keynote Speaker
2:30-2:45 pm – Refreshment Break
2:45-4:00 pm – Session III
5:30 pm  – Shuttle / Dinner on Your Own

FRIDAY, 11/3

8:00-9:00 am – Breakfast Buffet
9:15-10:45 am – General Session



Essential for anyone in decision-making roles, or who has to report to the decision-makers, Track 1 of this year’s conference allows for deep dives into some of the hottest topics in legislation and government: marijuana, employee and employer rights, opiate addiction and PTSD. Attendees will leave the conference informed and ready for the changes coming.


We hear it on the national scene, and locally as well:

We are divided. We can’t get anything accomplished. We don’t know how to talk to each other anymore.

Luckily, half of a conversation is listening. Someone To Tell It To is a corporate training organization that transforms communities by developing servant leaders. Listening track attendees will learn how to increase productivity, build team corroboration, and enable skill development by listening to employees and giving them the tools to listen to one another.


TRACK 1 – How Legalization of Marijuana in New York will Affect Tax Revenues

Presented by Andrew McWilliam, Office of the New York City Comptroller

At the beginning of August, Governor Cuomo created a new state panel to create legislation for the legalization of marijuana in New York. With a January deadline, the state is moving fast towards a possibly very lucrative new revenue source.

This session, led by a senior research economist at the NYC comptroller’s office, will work through the methodologies of estimating the size of marijuana markets, and how to apply those methodologies to produce estimates of the size of the marijuana market in member municipalities and the potential revenue for those markets.

TRACK 2 – COME TO THE TABLE: Diversity and the Power of Listening

Presented by Someone To Tell It To

Session 1 of the Listening and Workplace Performance track begins by introducing attendees to the professionals of Someone To Tell It To, and providing an overview of the full seminar.

This interactive, experience-based, and comprehensive first session will help attendees discover how listening without judgement brings equality and value to each individual. Through case studies, small and large group discussion, and engaging exercises, attendees will learn how to quiet themselves to give a voice to others, thereby increasing engagement in the workplace, and in life.


TRACK 1 – Will the JANUS Decision Have Implications for New York Unions?

Presented by Edwin Tobin, Jr., Esq., Maynard, O’Connor, Smith & Catalinotto, LLP

At the end of June, the Supreme Court ruled that unions cannot collect fees from non-members. This could have wide implications for New York State, which has the nation’s most heavily unionized public sector. Unions may see weakened membership, but municipalities may ultimately benefit.

Attendees at this session will be provided a background of the momentous Janus decision, how the largest unions are already responding, and how municipalities can prepare for the implications.

TRACK 2 – LAY IT ALL ON THE TABLE: Listening to Resolve Conflict

Presented by Someone To Tell It To

The art of listening well is a lifestyle that improves every relationship in every segment of life, including the inevitable negative interactions.

Do you have two employees always at loggerheads? Or maybe one Board member who routinely ignores every other Board member’s suggestions? Attendees at this session will uncover how empathy and respect can offer hope to seemingly hopeless relationships. Tools will be identified and practiced to resolve conflict in a way that can strengthen even the most contentious relationship.


TRACK 1 – Employers Have Rights, Too

Presented by Kristin Klein Wheaton, Esq., Goldberg & Segalla

This session will focus on the intersection of workers’ compensation, human resources, and labor law, to help attendees understand their rights and recourses in the event of uncooperative employees. Topic will include:

  • Pre Employment medical screenings and drug testing Performance management
  • Leave of absence administration best practices under FMLA, workers’ comp, ADA, collective bargaining Agreements, New York GML and Civil Service Law
  • Managing multiple leaves of absences and returning employees to work: light duty, utilizing employer rights under GML 207-c and -a, reasonable accommodations
  • Managing the malingerer

And also how to utilize Civil Service Law provisions to terminate employees who can’t return to work.

TRACK 2 – PULL UP A CHAIR: The Secrets to Expert Listening

Presented by Someone To Tell It To

Imagine having the ability to sit down with anyone and not only being able to understand them, but being able to make them understand you. Imagine being able to teach this ability to colleagues, and having a workplace that communicates with patience and ease.

Skilled listeners know that listening is an art form, and practice doesn’t make perfect, only progress. This session will offer some secrets of the best listeners and give you an opportunity to practice honing these skills with other participants. By the end of the session, attendees will be fully equipped with the listening philosophy and skills to create stronger and healthier personal and professional relationships.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Presented by Rachael Leonard, Binghamton University

This 90-minute session will provide an overview of the world-renowned eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Originally designed for helping people with chronic pain and related stress, peer reviewed research demonstrates its remarkable benefits in many areas of physical and mental health and well-being, including anxiety and PTSD.

The session will explore the core teachings and the practical techniques that support them. Attendees will practice several of the techniques, so you’ll know not just the  “what” of MBSR, but the “why” of how it works.

Takeaways will include a listing of available resources and several mindfulness tools you can use anywhere, anytime, and can teach to others.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is conveniently located just north of the heart of downtown Binghamton with many wonderful restaurants and entertainment options within a few blocks. On-site and open for dinner is the River Bistro, serving American fare with a French technique, in a beautiful dining room overlooking the Chenango River. Hotel guests also have free access to the attached Riverwalk Athletic club, with a salt water pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, group classes, and saunas.

We are offering a Dine Around again this year, with some of the best food and beverages Binghamton has to offer, discounted only for conference attendees. Participants are

The DoubleTree is also within a short drive to Traditions at the Glen. This hotel has a long and storied past, originally as private mansion, hosting notable figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt, and then as an IBM Homestead – a meeting ground for high-performing executives. Traditions Spa has a one-of-a-kind Salt Sanctuary,
a sensory retreat constructed with mineral-rich pink Himalayan sea salt, which has healing properties for a host of respiratory and skin ailments. Traditions also host the Tavern restaurant, with a daily changing menu of seasonal dishes, made with the freshest ingredients. Reservations are required.

If you are looking for something to do after the conference ends Friday, the Phelps Mansion Museum is located just seven blocks southeast of the DoubleTree. The most popular attraction in Binghamton, the Museum allows you to step back in time and experience the Gilded Era of the late 19th century with guided tours that make history come alive!

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October 31 @ 6:00 pm
November 2 @ 10:30 am


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Binghamton
225 Water Street
Binghamton, NY 13901 United States
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