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IAC 7th Annual Conference

7th Annual Conference

Bold Leadership for a New Era

June 7 & 8, 2018

At the CUNY Graduate Center,

Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY

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IAC is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker is Geoffrey Canada.


The work of Canada and HCZ has become a national model and has been the subject of many profiles in the media. Their work has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CBS This Morning, The Charlie Rose Show, and NPR’s “On Point,” as well in articles in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, USA Today, and Newsday. Most recently, Canada can be seen prominently featured in the Davis Guggenheim documentary Waiting for “Superman.” Drawing upon his own childhood experiences and those at the Harlem Children's Zone, he penned the critically acclaimed Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America.

Other Highlighted Speakers:

Nomi Bachar, Founder of White Cedar Institute: Strategies to actualize your leadership potential

Robert Bellafiore, Steve Greenburg, Stanhope Partners & Greenburg Public Relations: How to create a persuasive campaign or marketing strategy through technology

Suzanne Bolling, NYSED, Special Education Finance: Update on fiscal issues impacting special education providers

Jay Nagy CEO of ACANY, David Mizrahi, Exec. Dir. Tri County Care, James Moran. CEO, Care Design NY: CCO Panel Discussion

Barbara Kozlowski, Supervisor, Preschool Policy Unit, SED: SED Preschool initiatives

David Mack Hardiman, Associate VP, People Inc.: Innovations in Staff Education

Vivien Hoexter, Principal H2Growth Strategies: Big Impact: Leadership and Succession Planning for the Social Sector

Robert Hussar, Partner, Barclay and Damon: Avoiding or Managing Justice Center Investigations: Lessons Learned from Recent Death Reviews.

James Powell, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Long Island Select Healthcare & Dixie Comeau, Lead Consultant, Telehealth Associates Inc.: Telemedicine for Vulnerable Populations: Improving access and care for those who need it most

Christopher Suriano, Assistant Commissioner, NYSED: Update to policies and the focus areas for the Office of Special Education

Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO of All Aces Inc. and formerly Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston: A deeper look at embracing a culture of diversity

Ben Patient, MHR, SHRM-CP, Reflection Resource Group: Expedited Leadership: Transforming your staff into experts

Daniel Reilly, Resilience International Consultants, Formerly Emergency Manager for the National Guard: Examining the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and developing a comprehensive plan

Douglas Sauer, CEO of NYCON: Board Governance/Compliance

Dr. Jan Yager, PHD, MA, Life Management Center: Teaching and working with employees with a developmental disability

Deborah Ziegler, Director for Policy and Advocacy Council for Exceptional Children: National perspective on issues impacting special education providers

Special Presentations:

Emerging Leaders Panel

Honoring Regent Christine Cea, NYS Board of Regents, & Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther

Special Performance by the Gateway Counseling Center Dancers


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