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2018 National Conference

November 7-11, 2018

Get Inspired!  Get Trained! Network with Your Peers!  Learn about Initiatives for 2019!
Playhouse staff, board members, startup teams and key volunteers are all invited to to join nearly 300 participants from all across North America for our best Conference ever!  Don't miss this opportunity to learn, grow, and define your Playhouse's success path for 2019!


300 attendees
56 cities

2 countries
1 voice

Schedule of Events

  • Wed 11/7, 9am-5pm:  Training for all New Staff since last conference at the National Playhouse Office in Hoffman Estates
  • Thurs 11/8, 9am-5pm: Training Sessions for All Playhouse Staff at the Renaissance
  • Fri 11/9, 9am-5pm: Pre-Conference Workshops for All Playhouse Boards and Staff at the Renaissance, followed by a Networking reception and casual dinner at the National Playhouse in Hoffman Estates from 5-7pm
  • Saturday, 11/10, 8am-5pm General sessions, breakouts and workshops for all Playhouse Boards and Staff, followed by Awards Banquet, Dinner and Dancing at the Renaissance
  • Sunday, 11/11, 9am-12noon: ½ Day Workshop for 2019 Planning and collaborating with your team on learnings and take-aways from the conference.



Marriott Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 N. Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Room Block available until block is full or by October 16, 2018, whichever is sooner.
Breakfast coupon included with GiGi's Reservation
Single Occupancy $135/night  Double Occupancy $145/night

Embassy Suites by Hilton
1939 N. Meacham Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Hotel is just down the street from the Renaissance and a shuttle will be available between the two hotels.
Room block available until 11/10 or until block is full, whichever is sooner.
Includes breakfast
All rooms $129 per night


Conference Registration is required for all attendees.  Please let us know which days you will be attending, and which meals you will be eating with us so we can plan accordingly.  Thank you!


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“I do not know how to describe the energy behind the 5 day, Bigger Better Stronger Together, conference other than it lived up to its name!!!!  I am exhausted, energized and ready to go! We had 70 facilitated sessions by amazing staff members, volunteers, and outside speakers!!  Our interns from Hugs and Mugs introduced speakers and they were amazing! Our Saturday was kicked off with an amazing speech from Intern, Kiera and her hard work and dedication to GiGi’s Playhouse was evident and inspiring to all.  This year I invited some local big donors to see what it is all about and they were blown away!!  We are legit!!  It was so cool to take over the entire Hyatt Regency!!”

-Nancy Gianni, Chief Belief Officer & GiGi’s Mom.  



“This weekend was uplifting, inspiring and has provided me with the support and wisdom to help our Playhouse grow! The possibilities are endless together!”  
-Crystal Englert, Program Coordinator, GiGi's Playhouse Rochester 


“The overwhelming  support  an d inspiration  I got from not only INC staff, but also from all of the other playhouses was so Phenomenal! I'm so excited to implement what I learned at our Playhouse! This conference showed that we are truly bigger better and stronger together!” 
-Cortney Bessant, Programs Coordinator, GiGi’s Playhouse Bradley-Kankakee 


The GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland team has arrived back home feeling inspired and motivated to set their 2018 goals! The GiGi’s network across the US and Mexico brought a wealth of knowledge and ideas. What an amazing conference! 
– GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland  


The conference focused on the fact that we are bigger better and stronger together when all GiGi’s locations work as a team. When this happens the message, awareness, and impact of programming can reach more. We all came back re-energized and ready to implement the things we learned which includes planning for the upcoming year.
– GiGi’s Playhouse Quad Cities  


Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, participated and inspired! We are thrilled to see what each GiGi’s Playhouse does in 2018 to continue making us Bigger, Better, Stronger TOGETHER!  

You can also read two great Blog posts from GiGi’s Playhouse Quad Cities & GiGi’s Playhouse Syracuse to learn what their teams took away!  


GiGi’s Playhouse Staff & Board Members & Key Volunteers can access the 5 days of Presentations HERE 


Enjoy all our Bigger Better Stronger TOGETHER Conference Photos on Facebook  

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