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ALTO 20 Year Anniversary Conference NYC 2018

Our 20 Year Anniversary Conference was packed full of professional development sessions, networking, interactive roundtables, speed dating meetings, and more.


Read our blog posts with tips and tricks from each speaker:

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See below for event and speaker details.

Who is going?

ALTO events bring together the top leaders in the language travel industry.

See a short list of who you’ll meet in New York City.

Fantastic Midtown location

The New York Marriott East Side is a tried and tested venue with great conference facilities and a superb location within easy reach to Grand Central as well as Rockefeller Center, the shops of Fifth Avenue and much more!



Sunday 29th April
Approx 18:30/19:00  Opening Reception

Monday 30th April
09:00 – 10:30  Nick Tasler
10:30 – 11:00  Networking coffee break

11:00 – 12:30  Nick Tasler
12:30 – 13:30  Networking lunch
13:30 – 15:00  Round table discussions
15:00 – 15:15  Networking coffee break
15:15 – 16:45  Larry Smith
16:45 – 17:00  Networking break
17:00 – 18:30  Speed Dating Meetings

20:00 – late   Anniversary Dinner at Tavern on the Green in Central Park

Tuesday 1st May
09:30 – 11:00  Elise Foster
11:00 – 11:30  Networking coffee break
11:30 – 13:00  Elise Foster
13:00 – 14:00  Networking lunch
14:00 – 16:00  Industry panel
16:00 – 17:00  Closing comments and open networking

Gold Sponsor of the Conference

Bronze Sponsor of the Conference

avi insurance

Keynote Speakers


Elise Foster – The Multiplier Effect: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

Elise Foster is a leadership coach who enables education and business executives to unlock their potential to become even more successful. She has conducted significant
research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence within education systems and is co-author, with Liz Wiseman, of The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside our Schools
(Corwin, March 2013).

As the Education Practice Lead for The Wiseman Group in Silicon Valley, Elise guides senior leaders on using their intelligence to make everyone around them smarter and more capable. Her clients include leading educational institutions and corporations such as the Chicago Public Schools and Abbott Labs. Elise is also president of Leadership Potential Consulting where she delivers impactful workshops and coaching to early career and seasoned professionals.

Are you a genius or a genius maker?
We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves and get more from other people. These are the Multipliers.

Elise talking about the Multipliers:

Nick Tasler – Ricochet: What to Do When Change Happens to You

Nick Tasler is an organisational psychologist and author of the new book, RICOCHET: What To Do When CHANGE Happens To You, which is an excellent follow-up to his last book, DOMINO: The Simplest Way To Inspire Change.

During nearly every discussion about organisational change, someone makes the obvious assertion that “change is hard.” On the surface, this is true: change requires effort.

But the problem with this attitude, which permeates all levels of our organisations, is that it equates “hard” with “failure”. Change is hard in the same way that it’s hard to finish a marathon. Yes, it requires significant effort. But the fact that it requires effort doesn’t negate the fact that most people who commit to a change initiative will eventually succeed.  It’s all about “ADAPTION”. In his talks and workshops, Nick teaches intact teams and cross-functional leaders how to respond to constant change with focus, speed, and agility every day.

Watch Nick’s short clip: The Power of Decisions

Motivational Speaker

Larry Smith: Can you tell your story in six words?

Larry Smith is the founder and editor of SMITH Magazine and is best known for launching the Six-Word Memoir project, which is a series of bestselling books and a global phenomenon online (his new book is The Best Advice in Six Words).

In the world of Twitter and texting, Larry looks to engage the audience to think creatively and recognize the power of storytelling in building a stronger culture and connection with colleagues and customers.

Video Preview: Six Word Crash Course by Larry Smith


Feeling nostalgic?

Check out our 2015 NYC event highlights.

ALTO Conference NYC 2015 Event Highlights from ALTO on Vimeo.