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Taking Play Seriously Across the Lifespan, April 11-12

  • Published: February 17, 2013
Lauren Dixon speaks at Nazareth on April 11

Lauren Dixon speaks at Nazareth on April 11

Lauren Dixon
 CEO, Dixon Schwabl

Lauren Dixon is a nationally recognized speaker on topics such as advertising, marketing, philanthropy, and company culture. She oversees a full-service marketing communications firm in Victor, New York, with 75 employees, more than 200 clients, and capitalized billings in excess of $130 million. She has full responsibility for agency performance, including bottom-line factors such as long-range strategic planning, company vision, and culture. The playful corporate culture instilled at Dixon Schwabl has earned the firm national and local distinctions. For eight consecutive years, the agency has ranked among Fortune magazine’s “Best Small Companies to Work for in America” and in 2010, Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces honored Dixon Schwabl with the Top Small Company Workplace Award. Also in 2010, PR News recognized the agency as one of the best places to work in public relations. The agency is a two-time recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Wealth of Health Award for its commitment to employee health and wellness. Dixon Schwabl was recognized with Alfred University’s Galanis Awards for Excellence in Family Business in 2009.

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Registration information:

$35 per participant

20 per student registering with current full-time student ID

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Fees include Thursday night keynote and reception and all Friday sessions &  lunch.

Registration form and payment must be received by April 5, 2013.

Taking Play Seriously Across the Lifespan, April 11-12

Everyone needs play. It is essential to learning, creativity, and discovery. It guides physical, intellectual, and social development. It drives innovation, increases productivity, and contributes to healthier lives.

Nazareth College is hosting Taking Play Seriously Across the Lifespan, the only conference of its kind in Western New York, offering a diverse audience of professionals—educators, physical and mental health professionals, administrators, policy makers, and others—an opportunity to explore the importance of play and its impact on every stage of life. Participants will hear from play experts and motivational speakers, learn about current play research, network with peers, and discover unique ways to infuse play into everyday life, including at the workplace.

The conference kicks off on the evening of Thursday, April 11 at Nazareth College with a presentation by Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl.

A full day program follows on Friday, April 12 at Nazareth with a welcome by Steve Demanchick, director of the Play Therapy Center at Nazareth, workshops, presentations and panel sessions; lunch; and play activities facilitated by After School Works! New York and Nazareth College Students.

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Thursday, April 11
Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center at Nazareth College 
4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618
6:30 p.m.
Refreshments & Play
7:30 p.m.
It Pays to Play: Making Fun Part of Your Business Plan
 Keynote presentation by Lauren Dixon

Friday, April 12
Nazareth College Arts Center Lower Lobby
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Upstairs Lobby

8:30 a.m. Welcome by Steve Demanchik, director of The Play Therapy Center at Nazareth College, A-13
9 a.m.
Workshops, presentation, and panel sessions
10 a.m.
Workshops, presentation, and panel sessions
11 a.m.
Workshops, presentation, and panel sessions
1:30 p.m.
Workshops, presentation, and panel sessions
2:30 p.m.
Workshops, presentation, and panel sessions

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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