Below is an overview of the 2017 conference agenda. Outline/agenda is subject to change. More details coming soon!
Sunday, November 12: Attendees Arrive in Washington, D.C.; Registration Open from 3PM - 6PM; Welcome Reception 5-7PM
Monday, November 13: 7AM Registration Opens and Breakfast is Served, 8AM Conference Kick-off, Opening Keynote Speaker, Various Breakout Workshops, Give Back, GHTA Business Meeting, Cocktail Reception, Dinner, Live/Silent Auctions
Tuesday, November 14: 7AM Registration Opens and Breakfast is Served, 8:30AM Day 2 Kick-Off, Technology Presentation, Various Breakout Workshops, Closing Keynote Speaker, Evening Out/Off-Property
Wednesday, November 15: Home sweet home!
Learn more about our keynote speakers and their presentations. More information coming soon!
the Leadership Difference, Inc.
"The Power of Understanding People: The Key to More Success and Happiness"
Presentation Overview: What is the single most important factor to being a more effective leader, having more success, experiencing more happiness? Simple. It is the ability to develop more effective relationships. "The Power of Understanding People" provides the tools to understand each participant's own unique communication style and develop the competencies necessary to build stronger and more effective relationships with others.
About Dave: Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 350,000 people have attended Dave's “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement. He has a M.Ed. in Global Human Resources Development and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois. In 2013, Dave was named Best Speaker of the Year at the Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress in Las Vegas. In 2015, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named Dave one of the Best Speakers of the Year.
Dave is the author of two books. Live and Learn or Die Stupid! focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence. His second book, The Power of Understanding People, was released in December 2013 and was immediately named Editor's Choice Best Business Book of the Month by Amazon.
hotel accommodations &
The 2017 Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center!
Set your sights on luxurious comfort at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The property is a spectacular waterfront resort, with a stunning 19-story glass atrium and sweeping views of the Potomac River, and is just steps from National Harbor’s premier entertainment and shopping district and only 8 miles south of the nation’s capital. The first-class resort features a rejuvenating spa, indoor pool and whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness center and a number of unique restaurants and shops. For late-night excitement with picturesque views of the capital, take the express elevator up to the Pose Rooftop Lounge before retreating just steps away to your luxurious accommodations. Join us and discover why Gaylord National offers an unmatched experience in the Capital Region.
GHTA Group Rate: $191.00/night + $18 resort fee*
To book your room via phone: 301.965.4000; Remember to say you're with the Gift & Home Trade Association to get the group rate.
*Daily resort fee includes the following:
- High-speed internet in your guest room
- 24 access to the fitness center
- Access to indoor Junior Olympic-sized pool
- Local, toll-free and domestic long-distance phone calls
- 2 bottles of Aquafina water per room, per day
- Daily newspaper
- Resort Savings Coupon Booklet
- Exclusive to Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum Members:
- Access to sauna, jacuzzi, and locker rooms at Relache Spa
The location of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center provides you the opportunity to select which Capital Region airport works best for you:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 8 miles W
- Hotel does not provide shuttle service from this airport
- Alternate transportation options:
- SuperShuttle (est. fee: $18 one-way); reservation required. Click here to book.
- Estimated taxi fair: $28 one-way
- Car rental
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 35 miles W
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 42 miles N
2017 Conference Attendee Roster
Registration is officially open! Click here to register. Attendee list will be updated regularly.
Cambridge Sales, Inc.
Cousin Corporation of America
Dallas Market Center
Gib Carson Associates
Gifts & Decorative Accessories
Joanne and Company
Lori Minden & Associates
Lotus Jewelry Studio
Michel Design Works
Next Step Reps
Road Runners, LLC
Terry Moore & Associates
The Butler Group
Total Biz Fulfillment
Trip van Roden
registration + rates
The 2017 Gift & Home Bridgeway Collaborative Conference will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C., November 12-14, 2017.
Member Rate* | $399 per person, one-time payment
Non-Member Rate | $699 per person, one-time payment
*Those member groups that qualify for the member rate are as follows: GHTA, YGE, Gift for Life, and GSMA