Conference Development & Planning

DWL works with client organizations to develop conference programming that is innovative, engaging and fun for participants.  We can help you by creating a theme, curating high-quality plenary and breakout sessions and introducing new components such as debates, hands-on exhibits and cultural institution visits. Here are some conferences we’ve been working on:

Cultivating Curiosity 2013 & 2014

Client: New York City’s Department of Community and Youth Development (DYCD)

DWL collaborated with the client to determine the conference theme, hand-pick breakout session speakers, create a hands-on exhibit hall called STEM Live!, conceptualize cultural learning tours, manage the conference on-site, and complete the website and graphic design elements to support the event. This conference inspired over 300 DYCD’s program directors, multi-site supervisors, and educational specialists as they experienced and rediscovered STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through interactive and hands-on workshops, dynamic expert speakers, STEM Live! Exhibits, and Learning Tours.  View the OST conference website to learn more about the sessions offered.

School’s Out Washington’s Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back 2013 Conference: Illuminating Possibilities for All Youth

Hosted in Seattle, WA, DWL West developed the content for this event.  We solicited, selected and managed all speakers for plenary sessions and workshops to engage an audience of educators from school, afterschool and youth development programs.  Sessions explored family engagement, school-community partnerships, racial equity, STEM, global awareness and social-emotional development. Visit the Bridge Conference website to see the full program.

National Afterschool Association 2014 Convention

To be held in New York City in February 2014, DWL will be supporting NAA in designing and managing the vision, goals, content and logistics for Cultural Visits, a new, innovative addition to the Convention.  We are partnering with an array of NYC-based cultural institutions to offer conference attendees interactive and hands-on activities that promote innovation, exploration, creativity and learning.  In addition, participants will walk away with ideas and resources to foster and support partnerships with local cultural institutions back home.  More details available on the NAA Convention website.