The 2019 ATIXA West Coast Annual Conference

October 27th – October 30th, 2019
Silverado Resort & Spa
NAPA VALLEY, CA

Please contact ATIXA at conference@atixa.org for questions.

Please Note: ATIXA does not work with any Hotel Travel Agencies. Reservations for hotel accommodations should be made with the hotel directly.


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The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) announces the 2019 ATIXA West Coast Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Training & Certification Courses, October 27th-October 30th at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley, California. ATIXA is hosting this inaugural West Coast annual conference to underscore the essential fusion of compliance and prevention in any conversation about campus sexual violence.

Call for Proposals

The 2019 ATIXA Conference Committee welcomes concurrent session proposals for the Conference, to be held Tuesday, October 29th & Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 in Napa Valley, CA.

The West Coast Annual Conference Call for Proposals is now closed. Submitters will be notified by Wednesday, August 28th, 2019.

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Become a Sponsor and Exhibitor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a conference sponsor and/or exhibitor. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get your brand and services in front of hundreds Title IX administrators and prevention educators as they come together to “bridge the gap” between prevention, action, and response.

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2019 West Coast Annual Conference. Please review our Sponsor & Exhibitor Brochure for information on sponsoring levels and exhibit schedule. Email our team at conference@atixa.org for interest and inquiry next steps and we will evaluate each additional opportunity request on a case-by-case basis post application closure.

Conference Schedule

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The conference will begin the evening of Monday, October 28th with an opening keynote and welcome reception. Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th will include a variety of concurrent and featured sessions, as well as roundtables and optional events, such as networking dinner, and a reception. The conference will conclude with another featured session and mid-morning Closing Keynote on Wednesday, October 30th.

Pre-conference opportunities will be available Sunday, October 27th & Monday, October 28th; additional fees apply.

Tentative Conference Schedule

  • Sunday, October 27th & Monday, October 28th, 9am-5pm: Pre-conference Opportunities
  • Monday, October 28th, 7:00pm: Opening Keynote & Welcome Reception
  • Tuesday, October 29th, 9am-4:30pm: General Conference Sessions
  • Wednesday, October 30th, 9:00am-12:30pm: Featured Sessions & Closing Keynote

Conference Attire

Attire for all ATIXA events is business casual. Rooms are air-conditioned and can be chilly in the mornings especially. Additionally, evening temperatures can be chilly, so we recommend carrying a jacket or sweater for your comfort. Average temperatures for Napa Valley in October range from 45°F to 77°F.

Conference Speakers

Please note that speakers do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of ATIXA leadership and may present controversial material.

Opening Keynote | Closing Keynote | Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote Speaker: William Kidder, J.D., Special Assistant, Chancellor’s Office at University of California at Santa Cruz & Research Associate, UCLA Civil Rights Project

A Deeper Look at the Standard of Evidence in Title IX and Lessons from Analyzing Hundreds of Faculty Sexual Harassment Cases

The Trump administration’s proposed changes to Title IX regulations are the latest twist in a longstanding policy debate about whether “preponderance of evidence” or “clear and convincing” evidence is the more appropriate standard of evidence in campus Title IX procedures. In his latest article in the Journal of College & University Law, Mr. Kidder highlights several important (but often overlooked and to some counter-intuitive) considerations in this debate about Title IX policy. If campuses were to shift to the clear and convincing evidence standard, the more likely result across all cases is a net decrease in the accuracy of Title IX investigation and hearing outcomes. This would occur because the rise in “false negative” errors (respondent committed a violation, but is found not responsible) would outnumber the corresponding decrease in “false positive” errors. By implication, a shift to the clear and convincing standard makes it more difficult for campuses to impose appropriate discipline in cases of serial sexual misconduct/harassment. Mr. Kidder’s comparative analysis also shows that the preponderance of evidence standard (not clear and convincing evidence) is used in the strong majority of comparable legal and administrative contexts, including in federal civil rights adjudications, faculty research misconduct cases linked to federal research grants, civil anti-fraud proceedings, and physician misconduct/license cases.

Mr. Kidder will also share key findings from his large-scale study of higher education faculty sexual harasser cases, co-authored with Professor Cantalupo, including rates of serial harassment and physical contact cases. Finally, Mr. Kidder synthesizes the social science and policy research related to the National Academies of Sciences’ recent identification of organizational climate as “by far, the greatest predictor of the occurrence of sexual harassment.”

Closing Keynote

Closing Keynote Speakers: W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Sandra K. Schuster, J.D., Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., & Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Partners at TNG; Advisory Board, ATIXA

A Panel Discussion of the Title IX Landscape

This session offers an update on the new Title IX regulations. ATIXA’s resident experts will once again help members to understand the meaning of new provisions, and to interpret OCR’s expectations for compliance. Some of the mandates of the new regs are positive changes, such as facilitating wider due process protections, but others are clearly a step backward, or even two. Do the regs represent incremental change or a landmark shift? What will this mean as politics continues to buffet Title IX in future administrations? How long will the regs endure, and what implications will litigation over the regs have for the field? Please attend this session for the latest details and to have your questions addressed by the expert panel.

Featured Speakers

Featured Session A

The Nine Pillars of Exemplary PreK-12 Title IX Programs: An Aspirational Model

  • John Shields, Ph.D., M.S.W., Senior Research Scientist, ETR
    • This presentation provides an overview of ETR’s K12T9 Initiative’s nine-component model for exemplary PreK-12 Title IX Programs. Organized around the three concept areas of infrastructure, practices, and compliance, the K12T9 Initiative model empowers Title IX Coordinators at the District- and School-levels to move their work beyond a traditional compliance-only model. Based on a review of Title IX law and regulation coupled with real-world experience working exclusively in PreK-12, the review of the model will help personnel assess and identify areas for continued growth and effectiveness. Dr. John Shields, Director of the K12T9 Initiative, will guide participants through the model and provide a rapid self-assessment tool for participants to complete during the presentation.

Respondents’ Rights: The Dos and Don’ts of a Fair and Equitable Process

  • Cynthia Garrett, J.D., Attorney, Private Practice
    • This presentation will address practical, real-life questions and potential pitfalls facing college and university administrators responsible for designing and implementing Title IX procedures. In the process, it will explore how colleges can keep focused on the goals of Title IX and protect those who come forward as victims of sexual offenses while minimizing the risk of Title IX lawsuits from respondent students. This presentation will address ten specific principles and practices for conducting fair, balanced, and unbiased college and university Title IX sexual misconduct disciplinary proceedings.

Featured Session B

An ATIXA Advisory Board Member Panel Discussion: Coordinators Addressing Regulatory Changes

  • Warren Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Inclusion & Diversity & Chief Diversity Officer, HACC Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
  • Joni Baker, Ph.D., Director of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, Texas A&M University System & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Natti Marlaire, Ed.S., Director of Advising and Services, Chippewa Valley Technical College & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Rick Olshak, M.S., Director of Title IX Compliance, Texas A&M University System & ATIXA Advisory Board Member & TNG Affiliated Consultant
  • Sharon Perry-Fantini, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Title IX & 504 Coordinator, Tiffin University & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
    • This panel will address compelling topics related to the Department of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations, with the goal of empowering Title IX Coordinators to return to their institutions with an informed sense of how to effectively implement required changes and ensure program compliance. Topic areas for this panel include:
      • What do Coordinators need to do to implement the regulations now and when they are released?
      • Updating institutional processes and practices
      • Communicating changes to internal and external constituencies
      • Implementing changes with online students
      • Implications for Title VII employment cases
      • A primer on informal resolution of complaints
    • Topic areas will be discussed based on institutional type:
      • From the lens of a community college
      • From the lens of a small private university
      • From the lens of a large public university state system
      • From a PreK-12 lens

Don’t, Can’t & Won’t Versus Do, Can & Will: Building Capacity for Sexual Agency Among Students using Peers’ Consent Success Stories

  • Jason Laker, Ph.D., Full Professor in the Department of Counselor Education within the Lurie College of Education and a Salzburg Fellow, San Jose State University in California & TNG Affiliated Consultant
    • Despite the many creative and well-intended reforms to prevention efforts, sexual coercion and assault rates haven’t changed in over 60 years. Their causes and effects are multidimensional, as are the thinking and action required for transformation. The inconvenient truth is that sexual consent policies, prevention education, and students’ intimate lived experiences are not aligned. Political courage and creativity are essential for critically engaging established and deeply held assumptions and so-called best practices. Building something new relies on a different energetic disposition than an approach focused on dismantling. In this session, the presenter will share information and findings from an ongoing study of students’ successful consent communication and negotiation experiences. Study participants include a diversity of cultural, gender, and sexual identities and practices, providing a rich and actionable collection of vignettes useful for constructing new approaches to consent education.

Featured Session C

Title IX Regulatory Update: Focus on Compliance Elements for PreK-12 Schools

  • Kim Pacelli, J.D., M.Ed., Associate, TNG
    • Although much of the ATIXA conference will focus attention on Title IX regulatory changes, this discussion session will focus on key updates and issues for PreK-12 leaders.  We will cover how changes will affect elementary and secondary schools, including any required changes to policies and procedures at a district and/or school-based level. This practical discussion-based session will share practical tips that school leaders can implement to enhance compliance with evolving Title IX requirements in their schools.

Title IX and Employee Rights: The Hidden Risks Every Administrator Should Know

  • William, R. Pokorny, Esq., Co-Chair, Labor and Employment and Higher Education, Franczek P.C. & Jackie Gharapour Wernz, Esq. Partner, Franczek P.C. 
    • Many of the most high-profile Title IX cases involve allegations of student-on-student sexual misconduct, but some of the more complicated cases arise when a student accuses an employee of sexual misconduct. Employment law issues that arise in such cases are unique and require careful analysis to avoid common and sometimes costly pitfalls. This session will address some of the most common employment issues that arise in Title IX complaints, including the intersection of Title IX and employment policies and agreements, interaction between departments handling student and employee complaints, unique retaliation issues and communication/privacy concerns when an employee is the accused, and challenges in reintegrating parties into the educational system following a complaint.

Concurrent Session Topics

Concurrent Session One

Walking the Tight Rope: Title IX, Sexual Misconduct, and Faith

  • Tiffany Turley, M.B.A., Title IX Coordinator, Brigham Young University
  • Jared Rasband, J.D., Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Brigham Young University
  • Marcus Williams, M.A., Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Brigham Young University
    • What are the primary challenges in building an equitable process and response to sexual violence in a Title IX Office at a private, religious university? The presenters will explore how they navigate the intricate path of effectively responding to sexual violence in a faith-based environment. Participants will gain an increased understanding of how to incorporate current best practices in prevention and response to sexual violence in a way that is consistent with community values.

Thriving Under a Court-Ordered Title IX Compliance Plan

  • Vernon Moore, Ed.D., Chief Compliance Officer, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Jennifer Carbuccia, J.D., General Counsel, Sweetwater Union High School District
    • In 2014, the United Stated Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2012 ruling that Sweetwater Union High School District violated federal Title IX provisions by not providing female student athletes the same amenities as male student athletes. This landmark case involved the softball team at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, California. It was first case to prevail under all three parts of Title IX’s mandate for equity in athletics: equal opportunities for girls to play sports, equal treatment and benefits for female student athletes, and no retaliation for filing complaints about potential violations. Additionally, it was one of the first successful Title IX cases brought against a pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 public school district. In 2014, the Sweetwater Union High School District entered into a 10-year Final Joint Compliance Plan aimed at improving opportunities for girls to participate in athletics, as well as monitoring the progress made at Castle Park High School. As the district and plaintiffs’ counsel begin the sixth year of the compliance plan, the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of the Sweetwater Union High School District will share insights, challenges, and successes in addressing the issues brought forth in this important Title IX case, including reaching substantial proportionality in female student athlete participation at Castle Park High School for three consecutive years. Participants will leave this session with guidelines to evaluate Title IX athletic equity within their own districts as well as steps to take to avoid similar litigation.

Pregnant and Parenting Students: Cultivating Campus Change, One Baby Step at a Time

  • Molly Peirano, M.Ed., Deputy Title IX Coordinator, The Ohio State University
  • Meghan Ninneman, M.S.W., Civil Rights Intake Coordinator, The Ohio State University
    • The protections for pregnant and parenting students often go undiscussed or are overshadowed by other Title IX topics. This session will review the protections pertaining to pregnant and parenting students. Examples will be shared of implementation ideas beyond a campus policy that promote access and equity for pregnant and parenting students. The idea sharing and Q&A will help administrators and students consider what is possible on their campus, even if only in incremental steps. Participants will engage in a case study on academic accommodations and end with action-planning so they can return to their campuses and begin cultivating change.

#MeToo Laws and Higher Ed: An Overview of the New and Pending Anti-Harassment Training Mandates and What It Means for Your Institution

  • Preston Clark, J.D., President, Get Inclusive
    • Get the latest update on new and pending anti-harassment legislation affecting your state and institution. During the presentation, compliance and prevention experts, Jill Albrecht Weimer and Preston Clark, will share strategies and best practices for incorporating these new mandates into your prevention and compliance programs. States discussed will include: CA, NY, IL, FL, MA, WA, D.C., PA, AZ, TX, CT, and DE.

The Drunk Sex Problem

  • Gentry McCreary, Ph.D., Affiliated Consultant, TNG
    • We are failing when it comes to how we navigate the conversation with students about alcohol, capacity, and consent. This session will explore the challenges associated with “Drunk Sex is Rape” education and provide a framework for how we SHOULD be navigating conversations with students about the line between drunk sex and rape.

Establishing and Maintaining Professional Boundaries to Prevent Sexual Harassment (And Other Bad Behavior)

  • Joni E. Baker, Ph.D., Director, Equal Opportunity & Diversity, The Texas A&M University System & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
  • Phyllis M. Turner, LCSW-ACSW, Psychotherapist, Baylor Scott & White
    • The failure to establish and maintain boundaries in the workplace contributes to the ongoing sexual harassment crisis. Learn from a professional therapist and a Title IX practitioner what boundaries are (internal and external), why we do or don’t have them, how they are manifested (or not) in the workplace, and what can be done to establish and maintain them. This concurrent session will draw upon “realistic hypotheticals” from a 20+ year university system employee who thinks she has seen it all (or maybe not). This session will be audience interactive.

Developing a Prevention Approach To Working With Respondents

  • Laura Blake Jones, Ph.D., Dean of Students, University of Michigan
  • Joan Tabachnick, M.B.A., Visiting Fellow, SMART Office, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
  • Holly Rider-Milkovich, M.A., Senior Director of Impact & Education, EVERFI
    • Increasingly, institutions of higher education are faced with challenges of creating effective prevention and intervention approaches to address the perpetration of sexual misconduct. Some campuses are beginning to develop a more robust set of services to support students who have been accused of, or found responsible for, committing sexual misconduct. However, given that most cases are never reported, some campuses are also exploring how to expand services to include students who have not been reported and expand even further to include perpetration initiatives into their existing prevention programs. Through the integration of current research on college students who commit sexual harms and a case study of one institution’s efforts, this presentation will illuminate the opportunities for integrating a perpetration prevention approach to working with all students and a specific focus on working with students who come forward for help or who have been reported for sexual misconduct. Presenters will also facilitate a participant discussion to identify promising practices, gaps, and future efforts.

Concurrent Session Two

Reluctant Witnesses: Best Practices for Engaging Individuals in Challenging Title IX Investigations

  • Dan Schorr, J.D., Managing Director, Ankura
    • In this session, two experts in the field of investigations will present best practices in investigating reports of sexual misconduct and harassment involving reluctant or challenging parties or witnesses. As external investigators working with a number of educational institutions, the presenters will draw upon experience investigating reports of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and gender-based and racial harassment involving students, faculty, and staff to illustrate effective interviewing methods. This session will focus on techniques for building rapport, communicating compassion while remaining fair, and framing questions in order to draw out important information and evidence. These techniques can help make an interviewee more comfortable both in the interview and with the process more generally, and lead to deeper, more effective investigations.

Navigating Title IX Changes in a PreK-12 System

  • Ruth Perez Ashley, M.A., Deputy Superintendent of Education Services, Long Beach Unified School District
  • Kimberly Dalton, M.A., Director of Human Resources, Long Beach Unified School District
  • Janelle Harmon, M.A., Administrative Assistant Human Resources, Long Beach Unified School District
    • This presentation will address how the role of the Title IX Coordinator has changed in school districts and how the associated responsibilities have increased. As part of a large, urban district, communication and implementation of federal, state and local mandates are driven by an urgent need for coherence and accountability throughout the system. Three practitioners will share how they have begun to navigate this change with a destination in mind: establishing a district-wide culture of student safety, equity, and the prevention of sexual misconduct. Participants will gain process strategies and will be provided sample materials to help inspire continuous improvement.

“Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is”: Addressing the Challenges of Working in Title IX on College Campuses

  • Jasmine Brown, M.Ed., Ph.D. Student, Academic Advisor & Advocate, University of Oklahoma
    • Despite increased interest in the topic of sexual assault on college campus, there is little empirical research presented on the experiences of Title IX Coordinators/investigators in their role in prevention, education, and investigation of sexual assault. This study addresses the gap in the literature by utilizing data that acknowledges the role each institution has on sexual assault education, prevention, and investigation.

A Study of Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy in the California Community Colleges

  • Carla Martinez, Ed.D., Dean of Students, Golden West College
    • Due to changing Title IX requirements from the federal government, it is important for institutions to regularly review and revise their Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policies. This session will provide the results of a qualitative study that analyzed existing Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policies in 25% of the California Community College (CCC) districts, highlighting the convergence and divergence of policies with Title IX obligations. Qualitative data from Title IX practitioners will also be shared that highlights their experiences working as CCC Title IX Coordinators with Title IX/Sexual Misconduct policies. Lastly, this session will feature best practices in the field and recommendations for how CCCs can improve their own policies to meet both state and federal obligations and promote equitable processes for students.

RIP Implicit Bias: Recognizing, Identifying and Processing  Bias to Provide a More Fair Process for All

  • Ish Orkar, J.D., L.C.S.W., Senior Equity Specialist, Northwestern University
  • Kate Harrington-Rosen, M.S., Equity Outreach and Education Specialist, Northwestern University
    • Identifying and mitigating bias is important for anyone involved in Title IX compliance, as unaddressed bias can compromise the neutrality of an investigation and interfere with the fair implementation of policy. Participants in this interactive workshop, open to any administrators involved in Title IX work, will be invited to explore issues of power, privilege, and implicit bias and how these may show up in their work. Presenters will share tools for identifying and mitigating forms of implicit bias, and will invite participants to think critically about how these issues emerge in their teams and on their campuses. Participants will leave with increased understanding of their own experiences of how their power and privilege may lead to bias, the potential harm that bias can cause in investigation, and concrete steps to take to mitigate bias in their processes and programming.

National Science Foundation’s Reporting Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault by Awardee Institutions – One Year After Implementation

  • Bob Cosgrove, Compliance Program Manager, National Science Foundation
    • The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent Federal agency with an annual budget of $7.8 billion (FY 2018), is the funding source for approximately 27 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by 1800 U.S. institutions of higher education and other organizations. These awardee institutions are responsible for complying with NSF’s terms and conditions of its research, education, and training grant awards, as well as non-discrimination laws and regulations tied to receipt of this funding. In 2018, NSF took several steps to help ensure that research environments are free from sexual harassment, and this session will discuss these steps and other efforts as well as the NSF’s experience with the implementation of this term and condition in the first year that it took effect.

Ethical Decision Making Models: It’s Not Simply About the Decision, How Did You Get to the Decision?

  • Amy Zavadil, Ph.D., Amy Zavadil Consulting & ATIXA Advisory Board Member
    • This session will provide a look at various decision-making models to inform approaches to ethical decision making in the Title IX/equity compliance process. There are multiple points when a Title IX Coordinator must make a decision or oversee others who are making key decisions. Understanding the process of decision-making allows us to better articulate how a decision is made. In the field of civil rights compliance, we are clear that institutions need policy and procedure, and must follow their process. When met with a dilemma it is easy to feel stuck; when wondering “now what?” a decision-making model provides a guide.

Roundtable Topics

  • New Title IX Regulations
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Advocacy & Prevention
  • CA Case Law – New Developments
  • Title IX in the PreK-12 Setting
  • Informal Resolutions
  • Title IX Jurisdictional Issues
  • Athletics and Title IX

Conference Registration

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Conference Registration Rates

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Regular Registration Rates (Register by Monday, October 14th, 2019)

  • ATIXA Member: $539
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $649
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109

Late Registration Rates (Register after Monday, October 14th, 2019)

  • ATIXA Member: $669
  • Non-ATIXA Member: $809
  • Student (degree-seeking and not a full-time employee of any institution): $109

Conference registration fee includes the attendee welcome reception, continental breakfast, morning beverage service, lunch, and an afternoon snack break each day. Additionally, all exhibitor materials, conference session materials, and ATIXA-developed supplemental materials are also included. All other meals, lodging, and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Conference registration is not included in any pre-conference training opportunities. A separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance.

Registration fees apply to all attendees, including retainer clients, Super and Premium membership categories, and all concurrent session presenters.

Pre-Conference Opportunities

General conference attendance is not required to attend a pre-conference event. Conference registration is not included in any pre-conference training opportunities. A separate registration and fee is required for the general conference attendance.

Sunday, October 27th, 2019 – Monday, October 28th, 2019: 9am-5pm

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Pre-conference registration fee includes course registration, printed materials, all items listed above, certification, light continental breakfast, and morning and afternoon beverage services as well as lunch. Dinner, lodging, and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Conference registration is not included in any pre-conference training opportunities. Separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance.

Apply for a Scholarship

In service to the field, ATIXA welcomed the submission of scholarship applications for the upcoming Annual West Coast Conference and ATIXA Training Courses as part of our pre-conference opportunities. These scholarships aim to assist our colleagues in their professional development and commitment to their chosen profession.

Scholarship applications are now closed, submitters were notified on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.

Conference & Training Event Hotel and Location

Silverado Resort and Spa
1600 Atlas Peak Road
Napa, CA 94558
707-257-0200

Please Note: ATIXA does not work with any Hotel Travel Agencies. Reservations for hotel accommodations should be made with the hotel directly.

ATIXA’s discounted room block at the Silverado Resort and Spa will close on September 27th, 2019 or when the room block is filled up. Please click here to be directed to the hotel room reservation discount portal.

Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at 1-707-257-5531 and mentioning the ‘ATIXA Conference.’ All reservations must be accompanied guaranteed with a major credit card but a deposit is not necessary. Questions regarding included amenities or reservations must be directed to hotel. All attendees within the room-block will have access to parking, free in-room wifi, access to the golf and spa, unlimited local and toll-free calls, in-room coffee/tea service, tennis, access to the fitness center and all classes, property-wide transportation and a complimentary wine tasting for two.

ATIXA cannot make special arrangements or assist in capturing discounted room rates post room block closing date or if the block should sell out prior to the noted deadline. Any reservations made after the group block has sold out or closed will be accepted on a space- and room-type availability and at prevailing room rates.

Airports

There are several airports to choose from depending on location and cost. The following airports are listed in order of location closest to the hotel and training center:

  • Napa County Airport is 10.5 miles and a 26-minute drive to the hotel.
  • Oakland International Airport is 55.0 miles and a 1hr 20-minute drive (traffic dependent) to the hotel.
  • Sacramento International Airport is 56.0 miles and a 1hr 15-minute drive (traffic dependent) to the hotel.
  • San Francisco International Airport is 61.6 miles and a 1hr 30-minute drive (traffic dependent) to the hotel.

Transportation

  • Transportation from the Napa County Airport is best taken with cab, Uber & Lyft ride-sharing services.
  • Transportation from the Sacramento International Airport can be obtained via rental car.
  • Transportation from the San Francisco Airport and Oakland Airports includes paid shuttle buses that run a fixed route schedule from the airport to the City of Napa. To access a schedule, contact Evans Transportation: (707) 255-1559 or California Wine Tours: (800) 294-6386. You can also obtain a rental car.

Directions

Parking

There are both self-park and valet at the Silverado Resort and Spa. Booking your room at the hotel provides complimentary parking throughout your stay. If you choose to stay at a different hotel location or drive-in for the day, the self-park and valet options are both also free.

What to Do Near Napa

Learn more about local Napa attractions.

Napa Valley, CA has a multitude of activities to do. Lovers of nature can speed along a well-worn mountain trail on a seat of a bike or go hiking; foodies can discover perfectly smoked charcuterie or wedges of handcrafted cheese; enthusiasts of music, film, and art can find events, large and small throughout the region. The most common activity is to revel in wine with guided wine-tasting tours. Click the links below to be directed to the top categories of activities:

The Silverado Resort and Spa also has a full menu of activities, attractions and relaxation options. Please click here to view.

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Contact the Conference Committee

For more information, please contact the ATIXA Conference Committee at conference@atixa.org or 610-644-7858.