"Responding to the Market" - Professional Development and Networking Conference in San Francisco
After 3 years of great conferences in New York city, ALTO's annual Professional Development and Networking Conference is moving to San Francisco! The event is held between 28th-30th April 2016 at the Clift Hotel which is a fantastic boutique hotel with amazing facilities.
|Clift Hotel reception and lobby
||Clift Hotel meeting room
||Clift Hotel bar
ALTO Conference is a very unique two-day event where the leaders and decision
makers of the language travel industry get together and boost their businesses
through top-level networking and professional development sessions.
Features include outstanding speakers, distinguished industry guests, structured and informal networking opportunities with the decision makers of the industry. The theme of the conference in 2016 is "Responding to the Market" where we plan to address the challenges that business owners and senior managers are facing in a turbulent economic environment. We will invite speakers who can help participants to prepare and respond effectively in challenging times and find out how to help their businesses survive and thrive. Please scroll down to see planned schedule.
Our Keynote Speakers:
David A. Hoverman
Parthenon Group EY
|David is a Managing Director of Parthenon Group EY based in the San Francisco office and is focused on the education and private equity sectors. He will join us at the conference and give us an overview of the international education market and discuss the Evolution in pathways markets in more detail.
About Parthenon Group EY (Ernst & Young): Parthenon Group s a global consultancy dedicated to the education sector providing end-to-end services to education providers, policymakers and investors.
We have served as strategic advisors to the global education sector since 1991, completing more than 900 projects across 80 countries. By working across both the public and private sector, we offer clients a perspective that is challenging for any single organization to access: we see both the “supply” and “demand” sides of education around the world, and monitor trends as they play out on a national and global level. Parthenon, in combination with the broader EY organization, offers our clients a whole suite of capabilities, from strategy through implementation. We leverage our experience to help our clients develop actionable strategies for growth so your organization can reach its full potential.
Entrepreneur, Writer and Speaker
|Dealing with Disruption by Vikas Shah
Keynote outline: The language and education travel industry is going through significant disruption, with volatile global markets, the threat of international terrorism, challenging international border policies and the growth of low-cost digital competition. In this session, we’ll look at how your business can turn this into a valuable competitive advantage & compete.
Vikas will cover the following sessions:
The needs of the future workplace The world is changing, and we’re moving into a knowledge-economy which requires a whole new set of skills, attitudes and outlooks – we’re moving into a world of deep-learning and high performance skills. This section will take a look at what that means, and how you need to work with your suppliers and customers to lever this.
Disruption Using lessons from the birth of Apple, Microsoft, Google and more, we’ll take a deep-dive into what those entrepreneurs did to understand disruption, and how they keep disrupting over, and over again. Disruption is an integral part of business now and we need to be prepared for it.
Understanding Value We will bring-together the thinking and discussions in the above to rip apart and rebuild our understanding of what the value is that we offer to our suppliers and customers.
Our Panel of Industry experts:
(open the hyper-link to see their short bio)
Inaqui Alvarez- Valdes - Astex SA
Tony Froggatt - Kaplan International
Andrew Mangion - EC English Language Centres
Marie- Claude Svaldi - ECCOS Educational Consulting
Panel Moderator: Jean- Marc Alberola - Bridge Education Group
Thursday, 28th April 2016
19:00 Meet & greet at the Clift Hotel's bar
Friday, 29th April 2016
09:00 - 12:30 Michele Wucker
12:30 - 13:30 Networking lunch
13:30 -15:30 David A. Hoverman
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/ tea break
16:00 - 17:30 Speed dating
19:00 - 22:00 Networking dinner and party
Saturday, 30th April 2016 - change of schedule!
09:30 - 11:30 Vikas Shah
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee/ tea break
12:00 - 13:00 Industry Panel part 1
13:00 - 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Industry Panel part 2
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/ tea break
16:00 - 17:00/17:30 Round table session - the ALTO Standard
More details about the speakers and guests will be posted here shortly. Please register at your earliest convenience in order to benefit from the conference package available until 8th April 2016. After this date we can't guarantee the accommodation to be included at this rate.
If you wish to extend your stay please contact Reka before 27th February 2016 to book your extra nights at the conference rate of $302/ night.
ALTO members with 2 nights hotel (28th & 29th April 2016): 1090 USD
ALTO members no accommodation: 590 USD
Non- members with 2 nights hotel (28th & 29th April 2016): 1890 USD
Non- members no accommodation: 1390 USD
Spouse ticket: 450 USD (excludes all professional programmes) please contact Reka for more details.
Please note: ALL event tickets will be invoiced in US$. ALTO member organisations can purchase up to 2 tickets at the special reduced rate, additional staff members are welcome to join the event at the regular rate.