2014 Summer Conference and Tradeshow
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
2014 Summer Conference 

Envisioning the Future of Goodwill Together

August 3 - 7, 2014


NOTE: The deadline to make hotel reservations under the Goodwill block has passed. You may still register and will need to find your own hotel room at this time. Here is the contact number for the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel who you may try first: 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL | 32830 | Tel. 407-934-4000.

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The Goodwill Industries International (GII) Summer Conference is an opportunity for Goodwill professionals across the enterprise to engage in networking and learning opportunities that will move us forward. In the past, we have focused our content on specific disciplines – even though the Summer Conference content is grounded in retail, finance, marketing, IT, contracts & business development, we encourage professionals from across the enterprise to attend to promote cross-functional learning and collaboration across disciplines. Conference attendees will find that Goodwill conferences are:

  •  Engaging – fast-paced, enthusiastic and engaged experience that promotes peer learning and offers opportunities to learn before, during and after each conference.   
  • Cutting Edge – provides cutting edge, transformational content that helps attendees to visualize their current & future states within the Goodwill enterprise and promotes continuity across and between conferences. Our learners learn from different formats including: cohorts, expert panels, workshops, etc. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose between cohorts or the learn and lead track. Throughout other times during the conference, conference attendees will be able to choose concurrent sessions or workshops ranging in formats that include: roundtables, expert panels and big idea sessions.
  • Action Forward – inspires action forward, promotes overall enterprise strategy and fosters collaborative efforts within Goodwill agencies and across the enterprise.

COHORTS:  During the registration process you will be asked to select a cohort. Cohorts will meet three times during the conference and will be facilitated by GII Team Members. The purpose of the cohort discussion groups is to identify problems/issues/solutions pertaining to a particular area or topic of interest. During cohort meetings attendees will have the opportunity to shape the conversation, dig deeper to synthesize information learned during other conference sessions and enhance relationships with a smaller network of colleagues. Once you select a cohort, there is the expectation that you will remain with your cohort for all three meeting times.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS:  This year, concurrent sessions will be 50 minutes and will help seed the conversation you will have during your cohort experience. Attendees will get to choose which concurrent sessions they would like to attend.

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS:  Various pre-conference sessions are planned for Sunday, August 3rd and Monday August 4th. Please make note of these pre-conferences and plan your travel arrangements and hotel reservations accordingly. We encourage you to come early and stay late.

WE ARE GOING GREEN:  To support our Going Green Initiativehard copies of handouts will not be provided at sessions. All session presentations and handouts will be available on MyGoodwill at least one week before the event, and will remain on MyGoodwill for your reference during and after the meeting. If you want to have hard copies available to you, you can print session materials before you leave for the conference, or on-site at the event by using the computers and printers available in the Dell Cyber Cafe.


Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Room rate: $165 plus tax

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:   We have made making hotel reservations easy. This year you will be able to make your hotel reservations and register at the same time. As you go through the registration process you will be asked for hotel information including: check in and check out dates, room preferences, etc. The GII Events Team will make your hotel reservation at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and you will get confirmation regarding your request within 5 days of a confirmed registration. Note: You will not be able to make hotel reservations without registering for the conference.
Any registrations made after July 4, 2014 will be subject to room availability and higher rates.


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Make a point to visit the annual Member Marketplace Tradeshow on Tuesday August 5, 2014 where 150 companies will deliver up-to-date information on the latest industry trends and solutions for your retail, IT, operational, finance, contracts/operations, business development, human resources and marketing needs.

Tradeshow Highlights:
• Networking opportunities with organizations in varied business areas
• Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks within the tradeshow floor

• Multiple drawings and opportunities to win great prizes


Full Conference - $495

Tradeshow Only - $150
GROUP RATE: You will have the opportunity to register additional attendees at a discounted rate during the registration process. All attendees must be registered at the same time using the following ID Code: SCDiscount. Please note that the ID Code is case sensitive. The first registrant is charged the full conference fee of $495 - each subsequent registrant will receive a $70 discount.

If you have any questions, please contact  Rosemarie McBride, CMP, at 800-741-0197 ext. 5320 or by email: giievents@goodwill.org.
See you soon in Orlando!
The GII Events Team