Confirmed speakers in bold *indicates TBYT board member


9:00 Bus trip to Mt. Rainier

10:00 Happiness Alliance training (alternative to Mt. Rainier trip)

5:00 bus returns

6:00 happiness training ends

6:30 welcoming reception/registration/Campion Ballroom–

7:00 welcome: April Atwood

Dr. April Atwood teaches sustainable business and marketing at the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University

7:15 Opening keynote–

Governor John Kitzhaber--Investing Our Time in Tomorrow

Workaholics, either by choice or necessity, lack the time essential for building community, and the reflection and imagination necessary for each generation to fulfill its responsibility to the next. Effective treatment involves changing public policy, rethinking our economic paradigm and, most importantly, having the courage to undertake a personal journey of discovery.

John Kitzhaber, a physician and former state legislator, was elected to four terms as governor of Oregon

8:00 reception/wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres–socializing/networking

ballroom must be vacated by 10 pm


PLENARIES–Pigott Auditorium

8:45 welcome–Cecile Andrews*

Dr. Cecile Andrews is the board chair of Take Back Your Time and author of Circle of Simplicity, Less is More and The Living Room Revolution

9 John de Graaf*–introduction to the conference

John provides a brief history of Take Back Your Time and its priorities, an overview of our time famine problem and the case for a movement for time balance in America. A summary of the issues we will be covering in the conference

John de Graaf is president of Take Back Your Time and co-author of Affluenza and What's the Economy for, Anyway?

9:30 Nick Licata–becoming a citizen activist

To win policy changes improving our time balance, we need to know how to influence policy and policy-makers. Some tips on how to do it from an expert who was honored as top local public official in America by the Nation magazine!

Nick Licata is a former member of the Seattle City Council and author of Becoming a Citizen Activist

10 Cylvia Hayes–How a Fall from Grace Brought a Graceful Relationship with Time

In the blink of eye, Cylvia went from being a high-profile, busy and driven leader and First Lady to click bait at the center of a corporate media-driven public shaming frenzy, an unimaginable ordeal that transformed her relationship with time and with herself.

Cylvia Hayes is president of 3EStrategies, a new economy consulting firm, and former First Lady of Oregon

10:30 coffee break

11 Taylor L. Cole – the Vacation Equality Project and what we've learned

Hotels.com introduced the "Vacation Equality Project," a petition to promote minimum guaranteed vacation legislation in the United States. This is an important first step in getting corporations, and particularly the travel industry, on board for this issue.

Taylor Cole is the public relations director of Hotels.com, an Expedia Inc company

11:30 Tricia Alach–Insights from Abroad

Draws from a decade of living and working on three continents and explores the contextual and cultural factors that lead to work-life balance. Addresses challenges that unique to America and how these might be tackled to bring about change in the US.

Tricia Alach is a consultant and life coach who has worked in New Zealand, the United States, the UK and the Netherlands

12:00 lunch

PANELS–Pigott Hall

1:30 workshops

1. Time and Happiness

Laura Musikanski--Time balance and happiness

Presenting results from the Happiness Alliance's happiness index (completed by 60,000 people) and a data story about time, happiness and wellbeing. Americans often score lowest in time balance, one of the domains of happiness.

Laura Musikanski, JD, MBA, is the executive director of the Happiness Alliance and former executive director of Sustainable Seattle

Robert Levine*--Time and Quality of Life Across Cultures

We look at how people around the world keep, think about, feel about and use time and how these differences impact the quality of people's lives. This presentation will address policy issues that emerge from these differences and argue for the establishment of "a temporal bill of rights."

Dr. Robert Levine teaches psychology at California State University, Fresno, and is the author of A Geography of Time

Cylvia Hayes--Measuring what matters

Even the creator of the Gross Domestic Product warned it was a poor tool for measuring the health and wellbeing of a nation, and yet we use it to do exactly that. We explore compelling alternatives including the Genuine Progress Indicator and the Gross National Happiness Index.

Cylvia Hayes is president of 3EStrategies, a new economy consulting firm, and former First Lady of Oregon

2. Progress towards paid leave, here and abroad

Marilyn Watkins--The Fight for family and sick leave in Washington

Washington state and its cities have been leaders in developing paid sick days and family leave policy. Washington is one of several states targeting passage of family and medical leave insurance in 2017, as part of a national strategy to build momentum on these key policy issues.

Dr. Marilyn Watkins is Policy Director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, a nonprofit policy center that focuses on economic security for working people and families

Jenya Cassidy--California's paid family and sick leave successes

California passed the first paid family leave law in the United States while SF has led the way on sick leave. Learn about the campaigns that made these victories possible and how we can build a movement for the right to time.

Jenya Cassidy is the executive director of the California Work and Family Coalition

John de Graaf*–Best practices from Europe

The Netherlands guarantees the right to part-time work. Belgium provides sabbaticals to all workers. Sweden is experimenting with a 30-hour workweek. Germany reduces working hours instead of laying people off in recessions. A look at Europe's best policies.

John de Graaf is president of Take Back Your Time and co-author of Affluenza and What's the Economy for, Anyway?

3. Time for Parks and Nature

Randy Burtz–Nature deficits and children's needs

Today's children spend as much as 8 hours looking at screens each day. Negative consequences include depression, suppressed social abilities, attention deficit disorder, and delayed cognitive development. We will discuss the alarming trends how time in nature may be a viable solution.

Dr. Randy Burtz teaches community and outdoor recreation at Western Washington University. His work has included studies for the National Park Service and Forest Service.

Alfred Runte–Leisure and the National Parks

For 150 years, the national park idea reinforced the concept that Americans need leisure time. Now we face the opposite–a retreat from leisure time. In the process, might we also destroy our national parks? Certainly, the 21st century poses many challenges for parks and leisure both.

Dr. Alfred Runte, an environmental historian, is author of National Parks: The American Experience. He was featured in Ken Burns's acclaimed National Parks series on PBS

Lylianna Allala–Urban Parks: Where Nature & Community Meet

Local greenspaces and parks are the most accessible ways for communities to enjoy nature.

With the increasing number of people living in cities, urban parks and greenspaces are crucial in fostering a connection between nature and city dwellers of all ages and backgrounds.

Lylianna Allala is Program Manager of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the Environmental Leadership Program and Chair of Seattle Parks District Oversight Committee.

4. Time to learn

Steve Nesich–the fight for recess in public schools

In all fifty states there is a battle over recess periods for elementary school students. Why is this battle occurring and who or what is behind this movement to curtail or eliminate, recess in our public schools? Learn how and why many parents, teachers, students and others are fighting back.

Steve Nesich is an education activist and Development Director of Take Back Your Time

Rebecca Gould–Trading Tenure for Time

In 2005, I received tenure at Middlebury College and along with it status and prestige. But I gave that all up, trading tenure for a position with a reduced teaching load. I wanted time to think, write and be of spiritual service to others outside of the academy. I have never looked back.

Dr. Rebecca Gould teaches Environmental and Religious Studies at Middlebury College

Tara Bracco–Time for the arts

When we create space for the arts, we also positively impact individuals and communities. Hear how one artist built a sustainable poetry project that inspired an international organization and how you can carve out space for creative expression even when life gets busy.

Tara Bracco is the founder of Poetic People Power, and the cofounder of the international nonprofit The Project Solution, which serves 15,000 people in 11 countries.

5. Vacations and other time changes

Jasmine Goodnow–Slow travel and micro-adventure

Slow travel and micro-adventure are counter-cultural responses to a post-modern world that is characterized by time–or its acute lack thereof. By incorporating elements of slow travel, micro-adventure may help time stand still, as in the optimal moments in flow experiences.

Dr. Jasmine M. Goodnow teaches Recreation/Ecotourism at Western Washington University.

Choosing Time to be Creative–Karin de Weille

Why is choosing time to be creative essential, what keeps us from doing so, and how can we make room for growth that is truly creative?

Karin de Weille is a literary scholar and writer who is currently teaching creative writing in Seattle. Part of her research involves the revision of our concepts of time and space

Danna Quinn*–Vacations as Lifestyle Change

The call to de-stress our lives has become a mantra, and the value of vacation is undeniable. But how can we make vacationing a lifestyle change with meaningful and lasting benefits? We'll examine implementing change through five market segments and identify benefits for each.

Danna Quinn worked for many years with Marriott International and now runs her own company, LogOff Vacation

6. Time, stress and health

Stephen Bezruchka–Stress and Health: Value of Vitamin Green

We in the United States report among the highest stress levels of any nation on the globe. Stress literally is killing us and we have the poorest health and shortest lifespan in any rich nation. Vitamin G can help. This session will explore the value of nature and 'wilderness' for everyone.

Stephen Bezruchka, MD, MPH, is a former emergency room physician and teaches at the University of Washington School of Public Health

Jacob Barkley–Smartphone stress

Modern smart phones keep us connected to the screen day and night with serious health impacts. We explore the results of several smart phone studies and suggest how these phones do not have to lead to sedentary behavior

Dr. Jacob Barkley teaches at Kent State University and recently conducted an in-depth study of cell phone use and health

Karen Holler–overwork in the health professions

In healthcare, we preach about good heart healthy living, but we do not practice what we preach. Work schedules, different shifts and chronic understaffing make healthy living extremely difficult. The need to relax and take time out when you deal with serious illness is essential.

Karen Holler works as a cardiopulmonary therapist and pulmonary function technician at in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has been in health care since 1980.

7. Time and our Choices

Sharon Cunnington–If you had only six years more years

Are you being relevant and why are you doing what you are doing? Life is fun Рsurround yourself with people who bring out the best in you, who also generate life and energy. The clock is always ticking…are you moving ahead or slipping behind? We look at time from many angles.

Sharon Cunnington is an entrepreneur, inventor, real estate instructor and investor who learned the value of time and what really matters when success but also, stress, mounted

Ashley Whillans–Time or Money?

I am currently collaborating with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team in the federal government, and a large American start-up company, to explore when and for whom time-saving (vs. cash) incentives impact employees' job satisfaction and performance.

Ashley Whillans is a PhD student and member of the Public Scholar Initiative at the University of British Columbia, where she studies time, money, and happiness.

Paul Cunnington–The time and money tradeoff

Why do we feel like we never have enough time to do the things we want to do? Mostly it's because we spend too much time trading time for money.? If you had the ability to live off your own resources would you still do the same things? Are you playing the wrong money game?

Paul Cunnington, a.k.a The Unintentional Economist, is a Fortune 500 executive turned entrepreneur, who now runs several companies.

3:00 coffee break

3:30 Workshops

1. Towards shorter work-time–best practices and new developments

Bill McGaughey–Creating a campaign for a 32-hour workweek

The standard workweek under the Fair Labor Standards Act has remained in effect for more than 75 years. It's time for a 4-day, 32-hour workweek. This presentation outlines plans for a campaign that would identify supporters of shorter-workweek legislation.

Bill McGaughey is a shorter work-time activist and co-author of Nonfinancial Economics with the late Senator Eugene McCarthy

Lonnie Golden–New trends in overtime and "flexibility"

Understand recent developments in overtime pay rules, the "new" (time-related) underemploy-ment and "access to hours," work scheduling instability and advance notice, and other issues regarding time and its regulation, including needed reforms in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Dr. Lonnie Golden teaches Economics and Labor-Employment Relations at Penn State University, Abington. He researches work hours in the US labor market and wellbeing.

Charles Siegel–Berkeley's right to request law

People would be happier if they could choose more free time instead of higher income. They could choose the combination of income and free time that gives them most satisfaction. A Berkeley city initiative gives workers the right to ask for shorter or more flexible hours.

Charles Siegel led the campaign for a successful right to request initiative in Berkeley, California. He is author of The Politics of Simple Living

Greg Wright* – Time to Vote: The New 'American Election Weekend'

Americans need more time for everything, including time to be engaged citizens. Holding our elections on a workday keeps many from the polls. Let's change that outmoded 1845 law and vote on the first weekend of November instead – Saturday and Sunday.

Gregory Wright is a writer and activist in Los Angeles and a Take Back Your Time board member (and, as such, is Wright on Time).

2. Working with policy makers

Gael Tarleton–an omnibus bill for quality jobs

In the past 35 years the concept of a decent middle class job has eroded. A new minimum standard for a job should include a minimum wage, sick leave, family leave, vacation time, a defined benefit pension, health care and affordable child care.

Gael Tarleton is a member of the Washington State House of Representatives and former Pentagon analyst and Seattle Port Commissioner

Nick Licata–Do your homework

Influencing policy makers means having the facts, making a case for what you want, considering other options, building coalitions to support your legislation, listening carefully to the opposition and being willing to compromise.

Nick Licata is a former member of the Seattle City Council and author of Becoming a Citizen Activist

Brian Derdowski–Perverse incentives

Seemingly beneficial policy choices have unintended consequences that create perverse incentives for actions that undermine work/life balance. We will sharpen up our skills at identifying and communicating about these unintended consequences.

Brian Derdowski is President of Public Interest Associates, and served three terms on the King County Council in Washington State.

3. Creating community conversations

Cecile Andrews*–Time to Talk: Organizing study circles, conversations, and Meetups

At the heart of social change is conversation. The French Revolution emerged from salons and the Women's Movement from Consciousness Raising groups. This workshop will show how to do it using the Swedish model of study circles.

Dr. Cecile Andrews is the board chair of Take Back Your Time and author of Circle of Simplicity, Less is More and The Living Room Revolution

Aziza Seycota and Chris Ryba–using Meet Up to organize

Meetup.com offers an excellent way of bringing people together to discuss things that matter. We've been running a Meetup about voluntary simplicity for millennials in Seattle for many months. Here is what we've learned.

Chris Ryba is a former Boeing engineer. Aziza Seykota is a Systems Specialist at The Gottman Institute. Aziza and Chris co-created The Simplicity Project, a community group that promotes the values of intentional living, simplicity, and minimalism.

Natalie Singer-Velush–The ParentMap story

For the past year ParentMap magazine has been engaging readers in a discussion of those policies that can improve family life and family time. Here's what we've learned and here are some good ways to present these ideas to the media.

Natalie Velush-Singer is the editor of Parent Map magazine

4. Promoting and Teaching about Take Back Your Time issues

Maureen Wilt*–creating effective TBYT Day celebrations on campus

The University of Central Missouri has been celebrating Take Back Your Time Day every year since 2003. Learn how they organize their events and how you can use Take Back Your Time Day to change the culture on your campus.

Maureen Wilt teaches in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Missouri and organizes the annual Take Back Your Time on campus

Richard Hobbs*–creating community TBYT Day events

Silicon Valley has successfully organized over a dozen TBYT Day community events. Through panels of community leaders, nationally known speakers, and smart media, we discuss how to spread the message that a new system requires the revolutionary revamping of time usage.

Richard Hobbs is an immigration attorney in San Jose, California, a former Human Rights director for Santa Clara County and the executive director and founder of Human Agenda

Jessica DeGroot–Creating Partners in Change

To change deeply held beliefs around the use of time you will need to confront outdated assumptions around work, family, gender and what it means to succeed in life. To do this, it helps to develop "partners in change." Explore ways to do this and find your best option.

Jessica DeGroot, a Wharton School MBA, is founder of ThirdPath Institute, a national nonprofit helping people create integrated lives that support success at work and in life.

Dawna Ballard–Teaching about Time

Practical tools, experiences, and discussions Dr. Ballard has used to help students in her lecture course, Time Matters, develop greater reflexivity about the role of time in shaping our quality of lives–both individually and collectively.

Dr. Dawna Ballard, an expert in chronemics, teaches in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas. She researches what drives our pace of life.

5. Time and Sustainability

Dan Aronson–time, labor and the environment

Reducing household costs can make shorter work time more feasible. We can reduce our largest expenditures, housing and transportation, through effective transit alternatives. But organized labor has to join the conversation. Here's how to frame the discussion and move the issue.

Dan Aronson teaches economics at Raritan Valley College in New Jersey

Sharon Siehl--Time to garden, time to cook

Making time for eating, cooking and growing food is key to healthy, resilient communities. Spending time outdoors growing food can provide opportunities for families and neighbors to connect, reduce stress, and help close the food insecurity loop for some.

Sharon Siehl is the Garden Program Director for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit organizations supporting local sustainable food production

BJ Cummings–Time and Sustainability in non-profit organizations

Professional advocates in the non-profit sector often not only fail to take time for themselves, but feel guilty for doing so. Sustainability starts with the personal – non-profit staffers need time to learn, grow, innovate and rejuvenate, or they and their movements will burn out and falter.

BJ Cummings is an author, mom, activist and the executive director of Sustainable Seattle

6. The impact of technology

David Levy–No Time to Think

When I first became an academic, I was amazed to discover how little time I had to read and write and think. I set out to understand why this might be so. Here's what I learned about the forces that have engineered this state of affairs, not only in education, but in the culture at large.

Dr. David Levy worked for many years for the Xerox Corporation now teaches in the University of Washington Information School

Barbara Brock–Wean the Screens

Barbara Brock's original research conducted in 2001, involved 500 families from 43 states who stopped watching television. This panel presentation will primarily focus on WHY and HOW the original families weaned from screens and how their lives have changed since then.

Dr. Barbara Brock is emeritus professor of recreation at Eastern Washington University

Andrew Lepp–The Chronovore in your pocket

The cell phone demands our attention and consumes our time. This talk considers the results of multiple studies of how cell phone use relates to leisure boredom, leisure distress, anxiety, interpersonal relations and happiness and encourages critical reflection on this issue.

Dr. Andrew Lepp teaches at Kent State University and recently conducted an in-depth study of cell phone use and health

5:00 Dinner break

6:30 film–Screenagers, with producer Delaney Ruston


PLENARIES–Pigott Auditorium

8:45 welcome and announcements–John de Graaf

9:00 Joe Robinson*–Recharging in a World of Attention Deficit

The average human attention span today is eight seconds. We are under siege by digital devices, distractions, and interruptions. Counter brain and life drain with recharging and recovery strategies and tools to manage everything from email to multitasking.

Joe Robinson is a work-life balance consultant for large corporations and author of Work to Live and Don't Miss Your Life

9:30 Ashley Whillans–Why time brings more happiness than money

People face time and money trade-offs, such as whether to choose a higher paying career that demands longer hours. I will present research about when, whether and how we can use money to change how we spend our time and improve our health and happiness.

Ashley Whillans is a PhD student and member of the Public Scholar Initiative at the University of British Columbia, where she studies time, money, and happiness.

10:00 Pecha Kucha-style presentations–seven-minute slide presentations

Maureen Wilt–Take Back Your Time Day at the University of Central Missouri

Laura Musikanski–What our data on happiness shows about time balance

10:20 coffee break

11 Charles Sylvester –America's founders and others on leisure

Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and other leaders of the American revolution were great believers in the value of leisure time. Franklin promoted a four-hour workday. Other American visionaries from Walt Whitman to Robert Hutchins have illuminated that idea.

Charles Sylvester is professor emeritus of recreation at Western Washington University

11:30 Barbara Fagan-Smith--The ROI of Humanity and Compassion in the Workplace

We live in a society that rewards workaholism, and many managers still believe fear and pressure are essential motivators. Bring out the best in employees and teams by creating an environment of support and extreme flexibility. Learn how one company does it.

Barbara Fagan-Smith is the CEO of ROI Communications, a marketing firm with large corporate clients such as Toyota, and is a former producer for ABC News

12 Dawna Ballard*--Finding Time: How a Hidden Mythology Shapes Our Lives

Insights drawn from two decades of research in the field of chronemics–the study of time as it is bound to human communication–on the importance of understanding our guiding assumptions about time in changing how we work and live to improve society.

Dr. Dawna Ballard, an expert in chronemics, teaches at The University of Texas Moody School of Communications. She researches what drives our pace of life.

12:30 lunch break

2:00 workshops–Piggott Hall

1. Cultural perspectives on time

Robert Levine*--Planning for the Long Term: A case study in human illogic

Why are employers, organizations and policy-makers so often resistant to changes that produce widespread benefit? Explore the psychology that leads people to focus on the short-term even when it is against their best interests and learn how we can overcome this knee-jerk psychology.

Dr. Robert Levine teaches psychology at California State University, Fresno, and is the author of A Geography of Time

Isa Fernandez*--One Latina's Evolving Perspective on Time

Isa Fern√°ndezwill explain how her cultural upbringing and work experiences played a key role in her development as a workers rights advocate, and her understanding of the concept and practice of "leisure" as it pertains to time-impoverished minority and low-income workers.

Isa Fernandez is a public administrator with the Edwards Aquifer Agency in San Antonio, Texas

Rachael Lewis–Millennial values

Millennials value time as much as money. They want work-life balance and they want meaningful work. Vacations and other opportunities for time off, including parental leave, matter to them. Employers really ought to pay attention.

Rachael Lewis is a recent Western Washington University graduate and Outreach Director for Take Back Your Time

2. Time and social justice

Richard Hobbs*–The Use of Time in the Next System

How will time be distributed to meet all human needs in a new system that is democratic, egalitarian, cooperative, kind, and sustainable? New institutions with these values will provide the basis for a division of labor leading to meaningful, productive, fulfilling, and caring lives.

Richard Hobbs is an immigration attorney in San Jose, California, a former Human Rights director for Santa Clara County and the executive director and founder of Human Agenda

Philippe Boucher–Parity for temps and part-timers

Temporary workers have been misclassified and mistreated for years, especially in high tech: all the privileges for the geeks and crumbs for the rest. Our baby union, born in a Microsoft's supplier, fights to make Microsoft respect us, provide benefits, and admit it is a joint employer.

Philippe Boucher was formerly a tobacco control advocate where he learned many of the tools and strategies he is now using as a union organizer and a temporary worker himself.

Rebecca Gould*–Sabbath as an Act of Radical Resistance

All of the world's spiritual traditions have ways of guarding "time out of time," time that is not filled with or constrained by the pressures of money, status or pressure to "be productive." We'll explore, spiritual responses to our dominant American culture of haste and busyness.

Dr. Rebecca Gould teaches religion and environmental studies at Middlebury College in Vermont

  1. Personal transformation

Hoai Huong Tran–fighting your time bandits

"Time can be your friend, and it can be your enemy," Hoai's karate teacher once told her. And in a fight, timing is everything. The same is true in life. "Fighting the Time Bandits" is about her journey to master herself, the most important time bandit in her life.

Dr. Hoai Huong Tran is a writer currently working on her first novel. In her day job, she is director of business development and marketing manager at a small patent agency

Vicki Robin–Personal Resilience and Resourcefulness

Political change is necessary in the long-term; social adoption of change happens slowly. In the meantime, the niches for personal and entrepreneurial innovations are multiplying. Resilience is a strong immune system against defeat. Tools and strategies from a life-long change agent.

Vicki Robin is co-author of the million-seller Your Money or Your Life and author of Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: Lessons from a 10-Mile Diet.

Derek Tennant--On Being a Conscious Consumer of Time and Energy

Explores lessons about conscious consumption while struggling to survive in one of the bellies of the beast: Silicon Valley. Anyone seeking a meaning-full life develops a deep relationship with time. Becoming conscious of that relationship helps us manifest more time that we can enjoy.

Derek is a trained facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer symposium offered through the Pachamama Alliance. He was a volunteer firefighter and also works with FEMA.

4. Time in the autumn of life

Cecile Andrews*–Boomer time! Building an elder culture

Retires have time to make a difference. They need their children to have enough time to see them. As Boomers retire they can create a new elder culture in America that fulfills the dreams of a better, less consumptive, life they believed in in the 1960s. Here's how they can do it.

Dr. Cecile Andrews is the board chair of Take Back Your Time and author of Circle of Simplicity, Less is More and The Living Room Revolution

Robby Stern–Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone-The Long View

We can unite generations to make it possible for present and future seniors to live their lives with economic security, dignity and respect. The fight is protracted. We work slowly and consistently to achieve our goal, taking advantage of opportunities as they arise or as we create them.

Robby Stern worked for many years for the Washington State Labor Council and has been president of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action since 2009.

Cathy O'Keefe*–What matters in our last days?

In over 40 years of accompanying persons who are dying, Cathy's experience affirms that relationships give our lives the greatest meaning, and time makes the joy of those relationships possible. Hear what Cathy has learned from those she has accompanied at the end of life.

Cathy O'Keefe is a retired University of South Alabama faculty member, and works with L'Arche, a federation of caring communities for people with intellectual disabilities

5. Changing the business culture

Tricia Alach - Time for change? Cultivating new workplace cultures

Continuing on from her plenary talk, Tricia will share her experiences from working in different countries to provide insight into what really happens behind the headlines.

Tricia Alach is a consultant and life coach who has worked in New Zealand, the United States, the UK and the Netherlands

Joe Robinson*–Using Business to Convince Business that Vacations Are Good Business

Is feeling recharged contagious? Although it's just a drop right now, more tech firms and startups are moving to three-week and unlimited vacation policies. How do we spread the news and get respected business people from these companies to join our efforts?

Joe Robinson is a work-life balance consultant for large corporations and author of Work to Live and Don't Miss Your Life

Barbara Fagan-Smith–Why time off works for my company

Years of running a large marketing company has taught Barbara Fagan-Smith that flexible work time and reasonable working hours make for better employees and higher productivity. Building on her plenary speech, she shares more of what she's learning in the process.

Barbara Fagan-Smith is the CEO of ROI Communications, a marketing firm with large corporate clients such as Toyota, and is a former producer for ABC News

6. The Value of Vacation

Bill Norman–Vacations as a Multiphase Experience

The recreation experience consists of five interrelated phases of anticipation, travel to, onsite, travel back and recollection. Looking back at my 30 years of leisure travel research, I will discuss what the future holds for vacation travel in the age where it is "all about me, all about we."

Dr. Bill Norman teaches recreation and tourism at Clemson University

Kurt Kutay–The Transformational Power of Adventure Travel

Travel can be a life-changing experience. Kurt Kutay will draw from personal and professional experience, and share new research findings about why and how adventure vacations transform the lives of travelers and can restore the health and wellbeing of humanity and Mother Earth.

Kurt Kutay, President of Wildland Adventures, a Seattle-based adventure travel company, holds a graduate degree from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.

Michael Bade--Respectful travel and tourism

Respectful travel and tourism takes some forethought like reading, talking to people before you travel and trying to connect with real people outside of those that cater to just tourist. Respectful travel is generally more rewarding and way more fun.
Michael Bade is co-owner of Bade tours, a small travel company that was inspired by years of humanitarian work in Southeast Asia and video producing around the world.

3:30 pm coffee break

4:00 pm Facilitated brainstorming sessions–building a movement

Facilitators–Jessica DeGroot, Cecile Andrews, Steve Nesich, Rachel Lewis, Ritzy Ryciak, Maureen Wilt, Richard Hobbs, April Atwood, Maureen McGregor,

5:15 pm reports from sessions–Piggott auditorium

6:00 pm regular conference ends

6:30 Take Back Your Time board dinner