education & meetings

Western Region Events

2019 Western Region Meeting

The 2019 Western Region Meeting will be on April 16-20, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, Kauai, HI

Hotel & Travel

Grand Hyatt Kauai
1571 Poipu Rd
Koloa, HI 96756

NACD Room Rates:

Rates Available from April 12, 2019 - April 24, 2019

  • Standard View:  $295.00
  • Pool View: $325.00
  • Part’l Ocean View: $375.00
  • Deluxe Ocean View: $395.00
  • Standard Suite: $395.00
  • Ocean Suite: $395.00

Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 17, 2019

To reserve a room, book online or please call (888) 421-1442. Be sure to mention that you are attending the NACD Western Region 2019 meeting to receive the discounted rate.


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MEMBERS: Click here to register online.

NONMEMBERS: Click here to download a hard copy registration form.

Fax completed forms to (703) 527-7747 or email it to

Registration Deadline: March 26, 2019

Optional Activities

There are a number of recreational activities available to meeting attendees while on the Island of Kauai. Please make arrangements directly with activity providers, their websites are available here.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:00-10:00 pm Welcome Reception and Dinner
Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:30-8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 am Opening Remarks
Jeff Martin;
NACD Western Region President
8:15-9:15 am

Conversational Chemistry: The Science of Effective Communication at Work 
Jennifer Larsen, Assessments 24x7

Workplace communication is vital to organizational and relational success. Conversational Chemistry is all about how we recognize the needs and fears of those with whom we interact and how we communicate with them to build mutually beneficial connections. Using a simple formula, you can learn to quickly identify someone’s communication style and behavioral tendencies to know exactly the right way to interact with them in a way that meets both of your needs!

9:15-9:30 am Break
9:30-10:30 am

Management Chemistry: Progressive Ways to Develop Leaders
Jennifer Larsen, Assessments 24x7

Leading and developing others can be difficult and time-consuming, even with the many tools to help you understand people's needs and how to guide them be the best leaders they can be. But where do you start? With Management Chemistry, you will hear about new and innovative ways to examine what leaders need, how to enhance their strengths, and to mitigate potential challenges.


10:30-11:30 am

Cannabis Impairment in the Workplace: Post Legalization Realities
Aaron North, Vector Medical

Explore Cannabis legalization and the complications employers face due to the differences in federal and state laws in the United States. Examine key issues employers need to consider such as the impairing effects of cannabis use and it's impact on employee safety and effectiveness. Learn practical tips and strategies you can implement to prevent cannabis impairment in your respective workplace.

1:00 pm Golf Poipu Bay Golf Course (lunch included at 12:15 pm)
Friday, April 19, 2019
7:30-8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:20 am

NACD State of Affairs
Tom Corcoran, Brenntag; NACD Chairman of the Board

NACD Chairman of the Board, Tom Corcoran, will deliver an update on association membership, programs, and events and provide an outlook of what’s ahead.

8:20-9:05 am

Legislative and Regulatory Update
Allison Tuszynski, NACD

This session will provide highlights of the current legislative landscape and an overview of the regulatory initiatives and enforcement trends underway and coming down the pike that will impact your company.

9:05-9:30 am


9:30-11:00 am

Discrimination & Harassment: Your Rights and Responsibilities
Tiffany Releford, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

In this highly interactive session, Tiffany will clearly define what harassment and discrimination are and then discuss best practices of how employers can prevent these issues from occurring in the workplace. Using hypotheticals, she will review with the participants how best to respond to instances of discrimination and harassment, should they occur.

10:00 am-12:15 pm

NACD Spouse/Guest Brunch

11:00-11:15 am

Chemical Education Foundation
Bruce Schechinger, CEF Board of Trustees Member

Bruce Schechinger will provide an update on the Chemical Educational Foundation’s latest program and fundraising initiatives in the Western Region.

1:00 pm

Golf Tournament Poipu Bay Golf Course (lunch included at 12:15 pm)

6:00-10:00 pm

Closing Reception and Dinner

Saturday, April 20, 2019
8:30 am

Wrap-Up Breakfast

10:30 am

Meeting Adjourns