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19th Employment Supports Symposium: NOW Is the Time to Make Employment Happ...

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Convene Cira Centre

2929 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Registration is now open for the 19th Employment Supports Symposium: NOW Is the Time to Make Employment Happen!

...and is proving, yet again, to be a dynamic and must-attend event!

Join us for an individual day or for the entire Symposium. We look forward to seeing you.

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Day One Details

Day Two Details

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Pre-Symposium (May 21st) is being held at the DBHIDS Conference Center - 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 **Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided**

The full Symposium (May 22nd & 23rd) will be held at Convene Cira Center - 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 **Continental breakfast will be provided for each day. Lunch is provided on Day 2 (May 23rd). Lunch is on your own for Day 1 (May 22nd).**

Who should attend? Everyone!

This Symposium is for all those interested in supporting people with disabilities in finding and maintaining paid employment, and advancing the values and vision of Employment 1st! This includes employers, job coaches, employment specialists, people with disabilities, family members, administrators, and Supports Coordinators / case management staff across all disabilities, and interested others!

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Pre-Conference - May 21, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • "Business as (Un)usual: Moving From Logistics to Purpose" (Tim Vogt, Starfire)

**Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.**

Symposium Day 1 - May 22, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Keynote: “Work is Everyone’s Business!” (Carol Blessing, LMSW, Cornell University Yan-Tan Institute, School of Industrial and Labor Relations)

  • "Employment 1st Pennsylvania Updates and Perspectives" (Kristin Ahrens Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs)

  • "Dealing with Tough Questions Around Work Incentives" (Michael Walling, M.Ed., Benefits Training and Consulting)

  • "Family Stories of Employment Success" (Diane Perry and PEAL Center Representatives)

  • "Building an Awesome Life"

  • "Using Social Media Branding to Further Your Career" (Imani Barbarin)

  • Cocktail Reception & "Painting with a Twist" (4:30 - 6:00 p.m.)

  • Zen Space

  • ...and more!

**Continental breakfast will be provided. Lunch is on your own.**

Symposium Day 2 - May 23, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

  • Keynote: “ A Trauma-informed Approach to Successful Employment” (Beth Barol, PhD, Widener University)

  • Employment Professional Appreciation Day - Let’s Recognize and Celebrate the Role of Employment Supporters!

  • "Using Evidence-Based Practice Supported Employment to Secure Work for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness" (Randy Loss, OMHSAS)

  • "Discovery and Customized Employment" (Arc of Pennsylvania)

  • "The Value of Residential Supports in Employment" (KenCrest)

  • Entrepreneur Think Tank and Poster Session

  • Zen Space

  • ...and more

**Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.**

Further information...

  • Continental breakfast will be provided each day. Lunch will be provided for the pre-symposium day as well as Day 2 of the Symposium. Lunch is on your own for Day 1 (5/22/19). There are a large variety of nearby and affordable eateries to entice your tastebuds!

  • The pre-symposium day will run from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

  • Day 1 of the Symposium on 5/22/19 will run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Cocktail reception & "Painting with a Twist" is from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

  • Day 2 of the Symposium on 5/23/19 will run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

  • A limited number of scholarships are available. Please inquire for further details.

  • For information about hotels near this event, contact Doris Kalina at 610.482.4918 or by email -dorisk@networksfortraining.org

Funding provided by Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

Please note our updated Cancellation & Refund Policy (effective 8/27/18):


Cancellations made in writing (email) within 7 business days of the scheduled training will receive a full refund of the event cost.

To cancel, please contact the designated contact person for the specific event.
Cancellations made after this window of time are not eligible for a refund, however you can send another person in your place.

Please contact with general questions at 1-610-482-4935 or 1-866-683-3651.

Networks reserves the right to cancel a training session / series. In the unlikely event that your training course is cancelled after you have received your registration confirmation, we will make every effort to reschedule the training session / series and will be in touch with you within 30 days of the cancellation to offer an alternative date to attend. If you are not able to attend the rescheduled date, a full refund will be provided of the event cost.

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