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2016 APRA-NW Annual Conference

  • 23 Sep 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Pacific Tower, Seattle, WA
  • 143


Registration is closed

Join your colleagues from across the northwest for a great day full of Prospect Research, Prospect Management, and Analytics. Enjoy the day in Downtown Seattle at the historic Pacific Tower networking with like-minded people and hearing from the best in our field.

Keynote Speaker: Pam Farmer, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Professional Development at the University of Oregon

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High

Conference Agenda

Theme: Strategic Communication for Working Relationships

8:30-9:00 - Registration and Light Breakfast Provided

9:00-9:30 - Welcome! Kris Hunt, Director of Research, Oregon State University | APRA-NW President

9:30-11:00 - Keynote speaker: Pam Farmer, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Professional Development at the University of Oregon

11:00-11:15 - Break

11:15-12:00 - Roundtable Session #1 

Table Topics:

1. Research Resources

2. Prospecting for organizations without a built-in constituency

3. Crucial conversations: phrases that work

4. Establishing norms and habits for communication with colleagues who travel

12:00-12:45 - Lunch (boxed salads & sandwiches)

12:45-1:15 - APRA-NW Business Meeting

Updates regarding treasury, membership, mentorship, and programming

Survey of members on next conference location in Spokane, WA?

Thank-you to past board members

1:15-2:15 - Prospect Development 2016 Recap

A series of short presentations and discussion about the APRA-International conference in Nashville, TN.

2:15-2:30 - Break with snacks

2:30-3:15 - Roundtable Session #2

Table Topics:

1. Addressing ambiguous expectations

2. Stakeholder identification and buy-in for prospect management

3. Inclusive communication across development roles

4. Communication cycle for prospect-portfolio review

3:15-4:00 - Group Discussions - delve into the most popular ideas of the day
1. Audience choice - additional topics

*Roundtable topics subject to change based on facilitator availability

4:30-5:30 - Happy Hour at The Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott Pioneer Square

Getting to Pacific Tower      

Google Maps Directions to Pacific Tower

Public Transit

Metro bus routes 36 and 60 stop near Pacific Tower.  Use the King County Metro Transit Trip Planner to determine best routes depending on your accommodations.  For the To: address, input 1200 12th Ave S, Seattle, and select the second listing for that address.  It should bring up the location near Lewis Park and Dr. Jose Rizal Park. 

From Downtown Seattle:

From 2nd Ave or 4th Ave, go East on S Jackson St

Turn right onto 12th Ave S

From the East:

Go West on I-90

Exit to north-bound Rainier Ave (Exit 3B)

Turn left onto S Weller St

Turn lefft onto 12th Ave S

From I5 (South or North Bound):

Take the James Street exit, following James Street East bound

Turn right onto Boren Ave

Merge right onto 12th Ave S

Visitor Parking

Follow 12th Ave S over bridge.  Road becomes Golf Dr S/14th Ave S

At the light go straight, following the main arterial

Veer right alongside Pacific Medical Center (14th Ave S) and enter the driveway on your right

Follow the driveway to the West Parking Garage

Rate for parking in this garage for 4-10 hours is $7.00.


APRA-NW has a conference hotel reserve at the Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square for $229.00 per night.  To get this rate, use this link to book by Friday, 9/9/16.  After that date, it is recommended to reserve a room in the downtown Seattle area to reduce travel time getting to Pacific Tower the morning of the conference.

Small Shop Conference Drawing

We are holding a drawing to award free conference registration to two APRA-NW members who work in small shops!

If would like to sign up for the drawing, please contact Michie Spradling before 5:00 pm on Wednesday 9/7/2016:


Subject: APRA-NW Conference Drawing

Be sure to include the following information:

1. Name

2. Employer

3. Address

4. Contact information

Winners will be notified by email on Thursday, 9/8/2016.


If you are not yet a member of APRA-NW, it is not too late to sign up here.


For general conference information, please contact Krista Berg at

Our conference was generously sponsored by:









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