Annual Conference

The weekend of May 18th to the 21st marked the 32nd Annual International Nanny Association Conference. It was held in Schaumburg, IL, a suburb of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. 

The Conference kicked off with a Job Fair where nannies looking for jobs were able to connect with agencies and their representatives to discuss future job opportunities. Some of the agencies present were Monicare from Chicago, Mahler a nationwide agency, Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing from San Francisco and Placement Solutions from Australia, making the fair truly international.

Keynote speaker, Megan Metzger of Preferred Childcare and Megan Metzger Consulting, was energizing. She challenged attendees to think about the importance of saying NO to things that are not important and she inspired attendees to prioritize their lives so that their actions matter.

The conference was jam-packed with sessions that were interesting and thought-provoking from dealing with divorce and separation to branding your business. There were sessions for everyone in attendance to enjoy, Nannies, Newborn Care Specialists and Agency owners and staff.

It is important to know that the INA Annual Conference is not only about learning and being inspired by speakers it is about networking and forming relationships with like-minded colleagues. It is about meeting someone who has inspired you for months via social media but you have yet to meet. It is about learning from your peers and finding out what industry leaders are discussing. Being part of the International Nanny Association means being able to access all of this information not only at conference but year round.

During the conference colleagues were recognized for their service in the industry, Nannies were recognized for 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years as nannies, this is a great achievement.

Each Nanny of the Year Nominees was truly inspiring with something to bring to the Nanny community. The recipient of this coveted honor for 2017 is Candida (Candi) Vajana. She is a United Kingdom trained and qualified Nanny who is living and working in California. Her inspirational speech was Mary Poppins brought to life, the umbrella and all.

Kathy Webb received the Meritorious Service Award for her many years of service within the industry to the International Nanny Association. Kathy said, “At the end of the day, our industry is really about children.” From the caregiver to the placement agent and the industry supporter, we really are all here for the kids.

The conference closed with the ever-popular Raffle with Raffle Queen Alice Shaffer and her Raffle Princesses keeping our audience engaged and raising money for our Conference Charity of Choice, Bright Endeavors. Raffle proceeds are split 50/50 with our chosen charity and our INA Endowment Program, providing scholarships to members to attend conference.

The 32nd annual conference was a huge success; here is some of the feedback received after the conference: 

Another brilliant Conference has come to an end for me. Sitting in the airport thinking fondly about all the friends I saw and new friends I made. Going home prepped to have a sleep talk and with a purse full of cards:). Already looking forward to Tucson” Lisa Dozier

“I eagerly anticipated the INA conference this year and it exceeded my expectations.  I enjoyed reconnecting with friends and meeting so many new, talented professionals.  The conference is a wonderful opportunity to step outside the business for a few days and think big!” Elizabeth Gengembre

Looking forward to next year’s conference in Tucson, AZ, hoping to meet lots of new members and hoping to visit with all the great friends I have made over the years.” Candi Vajana  – 2017 NOTY

“I took some advice from Sibling Rivalry and used it on my boys! I think I will be much more tolerant now! Brain Development cards will be shared next week with some clients. Thinking about some insights from nannies about older kids too! Donna R

Join us next year, May 17-20, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona! 

2017 INA Conference Program

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