The International Nanny Association will hold their 29th Annual Conference March 27-30, 2014 in Los Angeles.
This year offers amazing speakers, educational workshops and trending topics in today’s nanny industry.
Highlights this year include Dr. Harvey Karp and Dr. Jenn Berman leading the way for industry experts and top professionals to lead workshops for today’s in-home child care professionals!
Here is what Nannies will experience at the upcoming INA Conference …
Nanny Workshop Speakers
Happiest Toddler on the Block
Pediatrician and Celebrated Author of the “Happiest Baby…” series
Dr. Karp will be hosting an educational workshop for Nannies and will also be leading an educational seminar for Newborn Care Specialists.
Dr. Karp is a child development specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at USC School of Medicine. In pediatric practice for almost 30 years, Dr. Karp has taught thousands of parents his secrets for soothing colic, boosting infant sleep, reducing tantrums, and promoting patience. Dr. Karp serves on the advisory board of Barnes & Noble, and is also a parenting life coach for AOL.
He has appeared numerous times on Good Morning America, The View, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, The Early Show, and ABC World News Tonight. Dr. Karp has been published by the Associated Press, New York Times, Time, Newsweek and People Magazine. He has been a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a founding board member of Healthy Child/Healthy World, an organization dedicated to protecting children from everyday toxins.
How to Balance Professionalism with Self Care
Television Personality and Parent/Nanny Coach
Stella Reid (AKA Nanny Stella), know best for her role in the popular TV show “Nanny 911” has positively impacted the lives of families all over the world, with her expertise and passion as a solution-based family consultant. Stella is a real-life British Nanny, and is regarded as one of the top authorities on parenting. Parents reach out to Nanny Stella for her no-nonsense approach to family structure. Children love Nanny Stella for her genuine concern, and her loving discipline. The boundaries that Nanny Stella sets creates happy and secure children; as well as a family dynamic that fosters harmony in the home. Nanny Stella teaches families and caregivers the tools needed to find balance, and produce a loving environment.
How to Balance Professionalism with Self Care
“The Nanny Doctor”
Lindsay Heller, known as ‘The Nanny Doctor“, has been working with families and nannies for more than a decade. In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, Lindsay was a well-respected nanny for over 10 years in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Lindsay works with families and agencies through her unique and specialized consulting services to help each family find the best nanny for them. She aids, not only in the interview and hiring process, but also with the important transition of introducing a new person into the household. She stands firmly beside each of her clients throughout their journey and custom tailors a plan of action for each individual family. No nanny issue is too big or small for her!
CPR and First Aid Re-certification – limit 8 participants
Pre-Conference Workshop, additional fee
Sheri is a Professional Certified Nanny, Newborn Care Specialist, Sleep Trainer, Parent and Child educator, writer and owner of ‘The Nanny Share Group’. She has been providing loving care to children and families for 32 years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, a degree in Business, is a Certified Nursing Assistant and in the training process of becoming a Certified Birth Doula.
She is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT), Certified American Red Cross CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor, Certified American Red Cross Babysitter Training Instructor, and Certified Instructor of Baby Singing Time. She teaches these courses in her local area of Scottsdale, Arizona.
She is also a volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), being a voice for children in the foster care system, and also a member of the Arizona Foster Care Review Board, a volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House and Child Help.
She is married to a wonderful man, a mother to 3 amazing grown children and the ‘Grammy’ to 4 precious grand-children and two fun dogs.
“Children deserve to know they are loved, special and can do anything they set their mind too. All we need to do is have the skills to show them they way”.
Beyond the Basics, Taking a Deeper Look at What your Nanny Contract Needs
Erin Whaley – Erin’s experience working with children began almost 20 years ago and included babysitting, teaching Sunday school classes, volunteering at a Head Start center, working at a summer sports camp, lifeguarding, and teaching children’s tennis lessons. A graduate of Elon University with a degree in Sociology, Erin joined a CPA firm in Columbus, Ohio where she worked on the administrative staff. In 2007, wanting to make a change and pursue her passion for working with children, Erin moved to California for a job as a full time live-in nanny and household manager where she stayed for 4 years. In 2011, Erin left her beloved nanny family and returned to her hometown in Ohio. She joined the Alexandria School as Director of Operations where she combines her first-hand knowledge of the nanny industry with a continued passion for educating and advocating for nannies.
I began my teaching adventure over 22 years ago. I taught for 9 ½ years in a public school setting, grades K-5. Next, I explored new opportunities at Sullivan University where I enjoyed leading the Professional Nanny and Early Childhood Education department for 13 years. My former position as Dean awarded me many opportunities such as: curriculum development for the day division, teaching Early Childhood Educational and Professional Nanny courses both live and online, creating a customized textbook titled Under the Child Care Umbrella, developing the competency exam for American Council of Nanny Schools, supervising externship students, supervising both adjunct and full-time faculty, online course development, hosting and planning outreach and community service events, interviewed on The Today Show, and other leadership roles. Currently, I am the Associate Dean for Sullivan and focus on our ECE online studies department as well as complete the accreditation reports and track our department stats. My most recent project is combining my passion for education and travel by customizing adventures for children ages 4 to college age as owner of Personalized Educational Adventures, LLC.
Molly Skyar and Susan Rutherford
Dr. Susan Rutherford, PsyD, MA & Molly Skyar “Conversations with My Mother”
Molly Skyar, mom of two young kids, faces the same parenting challenges we all do, but luckily Molly’s mom is a Clinical Psychologist with more than thirty years experience and an exceptional mom role model to follow. Together they tackle tough questions from readers covering all aspects of parenting with lively and opinionated dialog and a focus on how not to screw up your kids. In their mother-daughter/doctor-layperson conversations, they examine common parenting dilemmas such as handling behavior issues, discipline, marriage, divorce and separation, education, emotional issues, siblings, relationships, socialization and any other topics about raising kids. Join Dr. Rutherford and Molly as they discuss how the parenting decisions you make today can shape kids into happy and emotionally healthy adults.
Project Learning Tree, Fun Environmentally Friendly Activities for Children of all Ages
Amanda attended the Fairfield Career Center in the Activity Therapy program. Graduating in 1995, she worked in a daycare center in the toddler and infant rooms, provided in-home care for an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s and then moved into the nanny field. For the last 17 years, Amanda has worked with many families providing childcare for children ages newborn through age 12 years old. The majority of the families she has worked with have had twins or triplets. In 2012, Amanda attended the Alexandria School in Solon, Ohio; earning her certificate as a Newborn Care Specialist. Amanda was also part of the second Baby Dream Team who volunteered their services to a family with quintuplets in Ohio. She continues to work with newborns nationwide.
Amanda has been a volunteer for the Ohio Division of Forestry for most of her life. Working with her family to promote Fire Prevention with Smokey Bear, has volunteered at the Ohio State Fair in the Natural Resources area and as a facilitator for Project Learning Tree – Ohio. While working with Project Learning Tree, Amanda has workshops for local teachers to learn how they can include environmental education into their classrooms every day. She has taken these tools into her nanny career by teaching her charges about the environment around them with exciting and fun activities.
Respectful Care-giving, An Introduction to the Educare Approach
Larissa Neilson is the author of The LA Nanny Book, a comprehensive book that includes all sorts of practical information – from resume writing and interviewing for a job to establishing harmonious relationships with employers and co-workers, the second part of the book presents to nannies the Educaring® Approach as the ultimate tool for a successful career as a nanny.
In 2006 she began her formal training at the RIE Center in Los Angeles, having completed RIE Foundations: Theory and Observation, RIE Practicum and RIE Intern: Supervised Teaching and Evaluation.
Larissa has been a nanny in Los Angeles for over a decade.
Glenda Propst is a 30 year career nanny. She has been with her current family for 20 years. She is the 1991 NOTY. She is a founding board member of INA and a co founder of Regarding Nannies. She is the owner of Nanny Transitions. A nanny of 25 years, Glenda describes her career: ”I love what I do and I love working with a busy family helping them to find balance in this crazy world we live in. To me, these are some of the best things in life!”
She lives in St. Louis, Mo with her husband Terry and her cat LeRoy.
Joanne Barrow feels honored as her role of Nanny and Household Manager continues on into its 23 year. She has cared for a family struggling to overcome the loss of their mom, children whose parents were coping with divorce, and helped a busy single mom adopt, care for, and connect with her children. Joanne is an INA credentialed Nanny and a 15 year Harriet Grant Service Award Pin recipient. She feels immense pride to have been chosen as INA’s 2013 NOTY and looks forward to the future supporting the organizations great work by continuing to promote service excellence and professionalism in the Nanny industry. This year at conference she will co host her first panel discussion, “Maintaining a Positive Attitude in a Negative World” alongside 3 remarkable women and veteran child care pro’s; Glenda Propst, Marni Kent and Tracey Chipps.
Marni Kent is a career nanny with over 27 years of service, she currently resides in San Francisco, California. She has held jobs as a household nanny and baby nurse. She currently travels frequently with her executive employer and infant charge. She is the 2002 International Nanny Association’s Nanny of the Year. She authored the INA Mentor/Protege program. She is active in the nanny community and has spoken at the Denver Area Nanny Conference, INA conference and Nannypalooza and has had a column with International Guild Of Butlers.
Tracey Chipps has been a Professional Nanny in North Carolina for 19 years. She coins herself a Teaching Nanny where learning meets fun and play in the birth-5 year old set. Tracey is the founder of Triangle Area Nanny Group (T.A.N.G.) which actively ran in the Triangle area of North Carolina for 13 years. She is the owner of Nanny 919, LLC which provides professional development opportunities for Nannies and consulting services for parents. Tracey attributes her success to the Nannies who came before her who paved the way toward professionalism and awareness of the unique career of being a Professional Nanny. Her future goals include becoming a Newborn Care Specialist. In her free time Tracey enjoys cooking, travel, bicycling, working with pit bull rescues, and spending time at home with her own rescue dogs.
Lisa Gaché, CEO and founder of Beverly Hills Manners, is a nationally recognized etiquette expert in Lifestyle, Entertainment and Family. She provides practical solutions for modern day living and helps clients to improve social skills and enhance lives. Based in Los Angeles, she has become the credible “go-to” resource for the media and entertainment community, advising on the “how-to’s” of good manners — from dining with decorum to event hosting and red-carpet etiquette. Often featured on national television (The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Anderson Live) and print media (USA Today, LA Times, New York Post), Lisa is a self-described work-in-progress who wrestles daily with her brash New York roots and the casual Los Angeles lifestyle. With gentle humor and a refreshing no-nonsense delivery, she teaches that it is not about achieving perfection but maintaining respect, and delivers tips, tools and guidance for every person in every situation. Lisa was recently featured in the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue in “Fan Fair” for the upcoming release of her new book, 24 Karat Etiquette (Skyhorse Publishing).
Etel Leit, MS is an internationally recognized leader in the field of signing with babies and young children. Etel is the owner and founder of SignShine®, the largest parenting and signing center for hearing children in Southern California, and the publisher of BabySignShine.com, an internationally known signing and parenting resource for families, educators, therapists and new signing instructors all over the world. She counts many TV and film celebrities among her clients.
Etel teaches in the Masters Programs at University of Southern California. She also presents in national conferences on communication with children with autism and other developmental delays. She is fluent in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Sign Language and has served in the Israeli intelligence service.
An expert in signing and parenting, Etel has contributed numerous articles on signing and parenting to print and online publications, has been widely profiled by the media and has been an invited guest on numerous television shows, including NBC Brian Williams Evening News, KTLA Morning Show, Fox 11 Morning Show among others.
Etel is the parent of two hearing children and has seen first-hand the miraculous effects of signing and the many benefits of joyful parenting.
Debra Dennis, Founder of Indigo Lifestyle Solutions, has been a highly respected Consultant and expert in the field of Household and Estate Staffing and Training for the past 22 years. She has worked with thousands of families in securing carefully screened Nannies and Household Professionals resulting in successful, nurturing, long-term relationships.
With her background in Mental Health, she understands that finding quality staff for your home is just the beginning in creating a harmonious and nourished lifestyle. As an Eating Psychology Coach, she was professionally trained and certified by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
She works with busy people who have challenges around weight, overeating, binge eating, body image, and a number of health concerns such as digestion, fatigue, mood issues, and more. She is trained in a highly unique and results oriented approach to eating issues. It’s a holistic approach that integrates nutrition and psychology.
If you are ready to break out of “perfectionism prison” Debra will show you how to lose weight, love your body, have more energy and feed your soul so that you can finally live a free and inspired life.
In addition, Debra is certified as a Practitioner of Neurolinguistics and Reiki Master. Her new training program, HealthyNannies4HealthyKids™ has launched this year. Debra has spoken with powerful women through such organizations as Nannypalooza, Mama’s Link, ADCAN and more. She is a graduate of Holistic MBA and was accepted into the Spotlight Circle for exceptional entrepreneurs.
Carolyn Stulberg, BSN, CCE
Food for Thought, Baby Led Weaning
Safe Sleep for Newborns and Infants Understanding SIDS/SUID/Suffocation
Carolyn Stulberg founded Alexandria School in 2007 with a passion for teaching high quality in-home child care. With over 30 years of experience in child care education, Carolyn holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Purdue University and a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Skidmore College. She has worked in pediatric wards and neonatal intensive care units of hospitals, and has taught prenatal, postnatal, parenting,grandparenting and breastfeeding classes. She has developed the Alexandria School course for newborn care specialists. A mother of four, grandmother of three, Carolyn is committed to educating and training nannies with a demanding, practical curriculum that positions graduates to be the best in their profession and has presented workshops the past several years at INA Annual Conferences.
Registration begins SOON! Find out more at http://nanny.org/annual-conference/2014-annual-conference/.
Check back next week for information on Newborn Care Specialist Speakers!