Annual Conference

Past Conferences

Since 1985 when nanny agency owners, nannies and nanny educators from the United States, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand gathered at Scripps College in Claremont, California, for the first INA conference, INA has continued its tradition of educational excellence.

INA Conferences offer educational tracks for the professional nanny, newborn care specialists, and nanny agencies. Education focuses on skills, practice, and theory.

INA annual conferences attract attendees from across the United States and from around the world.

We encourage you to take a peek back at some of our previous Annual Conferences and to join us for our next one.

Find the 2022 INA Conference Recap Video HERE

Find the 2022 INA Conference Recap Video HERE

2019 INA Conference Recap
By INA 2019 Nanny of the Year, Heidi Joline

During the days of March 21-24, 2019, members of the International Nanny Association (INA), their guests, vendors, and speakers enjoyed the warm and vibrant hospitality of New Orleans, LA for the 34th Annual INA conference. The Jung Hotel and Residences, located near the French Quarter, was steps away from a streetcar that would bring you down Canal Street and into the heart of the music, restaurants and the mighty Mississippi. Nannies, NCS, Mannies, Educators, Agencies, and Presenters could pass a good time* while still enjoying every session the conference had to offer.

This year’s conference was anything but lagniappe*, opening with Keynote speaker, Francis Cole Jones. Francis had everyone in the hall discovering their inner-self and putting their best self out first, whether in interviews, on a stage or just in a conversion. She had us thinking “What is our egg?” and repeating calming words of “I See, I Hear, I Feel, I Smell”. Francis really brought the 2019 conference theme of Elevate to the surface.

A new virtual conference was offered this year so attendees could get to enjoy the speakers and presenters from the comfort of their living rooms. What a great way to get the wonderful educational sessions. While attendees were definitely missed, it is a great opportunity for those unable to attend in person.

This year’s Nanny of the Year winner was Heidi Joline. Heidi is currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Heidi has been working with children for 20 years, including live in, live out and travel nanny positions. Heidi Is a credential INA member and an NCS as well. Heidi loves to continue her education by taking baby and childcare classes and trainings.

The 2019 Meritorious Service Award was awarded to Judi Merlin. Judi was a founding member of the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA) and she also founded “A Friend of the Family” running for 30 years later before retiring in 2014. Judi received APNA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Judi dedicated her life not only to her love of her work but to her family. Judi had four children and seven grandchildren. In early 2018 Judi was struck by a car and passed away. But her memories are still going strong with her family creating I Stop For Pedestrians magnets, turning a tragedy into a positive message of love.

The 2019 Harriette Grant Service Pins were awarded to nine nannies this year. The service years ranging from 5 years all the way to 40 years of service. Yes, you read that right, for the first time ever, a 40-year INA service pin was given out.

With a location close to the heart of the French Quarter,  the hotel made it easy for attendees to continue the bonding, unity, and interactions over local food and music. Optional group dinners allowed some Fais Do Do* after spending the day learning as much as possible.

“The 34th INA conference was a great success with high attendance. It was exhilarating to learn new industry tips, watch Heidi win Nanny of The Year and spend time with industry friends”. Ryan Jordan, Educated Nannies – Los Angeles CA

I speak at or attend a dozen conferences a year and a few are as well organized as the 2019 INA conference. As both a member and a sponsor, the advance communication from the conference coordinator was excellent. The sessions I attended-particularly the keynote-were practical and informative. And the coordination of the voluntary after-hours activities is a great idea that more conferences should adopt.” Mike Coffey, Imperative Information Services

“As a local, I was so happy that the conference was here in Louisiana. I was happy that we could share our culture, food, and pure hospitality with the INA. As an INA member, I was thrilled to have the presence of all these professional nannies, agencies and newborn care specialists present in my state. It really helps the local market have something to aspire to” Nicole Balak, first-time attendee

“Coming to the INA was a humbling experience if there is one word to describe what I felt being surrounded by women and men creating changes in the industry, GRATEFUL!!” Maria Zamora

Next year is the 35th Annual INA conference. Every five years the INA conference is held outside of the United States. The 2020 INA conference will be held in the lovely and beautiful city of Montreal. You definitely don’t want to miss out, so keep watching for when dates will be announced. Conference days are TBD at this time of publication.

So, while we close out this year’s 34th INA conference, remember the local saying of Laissez les bon temps rouler*. While we all part on our own ways with hearts and minds full; our thoughts thinking of the next year. We all need to remember the two words that were repeated all throughout the conference – Elevate and Unity. Elevate yourself and others; your dreams and goals. Unify your community – those online and in person. And really those words go hand in hand. In order to elevate (one’s self or others) you must have unity and in order to have unity, we all must elevate. Safe travels to all!

Local Translations
*pass a good time = have a good time
*Lagniappe (Lan-Yap) = a little extra
*Fais Do Do (Fay Dough Dough) = Cajun dance party; lots of food and music
*Laissez les bon temp rouler = Let the good times roll

May 17-20, 2018 the International Nanny Association had its 33rd annual conference in sunny Tucson Arizona at the beautiful JW MARRIOTT STARR PASS RESORT & SPA.  We were welcomed right away by the warm weather, beautiful scenery, tranquil nights, and rafting lazy river. Nannies, mannies, newborn care specialist, educators, agencies and business owners alike thoroughly enjoyed their time whether it was poolside or in a conference room.

The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lynne Kenney had the entire room up on their feet at 9:15 am engaging in the workshop as an icebreaker. Having us speaking and rhythmically taping to get our bodies and minds going. She empowered us by saying that simple 5-minute daily strategies can improve our cognition, health, and longevity!

The recipient of the 2018 INA Nanny of the Year was Jill Griffin from Walpole, Massachusetts.  Jill has been a professional Nanny for 12 years, however, has been caring for children for over 25 years. Jill also is a Newborn Care Specialist and this is her favorite age group.

Susan Tokayer and Karen Yatsko were given the INA’s Meritorious Service Awards for a job well done serving our association for many years. Susan has served as INA President and for many years was the face of the association while Karen has served behind the scenes in many capacities. The Board gave these ladies the award this year to showcase the fact that the organization needs both personalities to elevate the industry.

The Harriette Grant Service Pin Awards were given to seventeen individuals celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and even 35 years of work in the in-home childcare industry! All INA member can apply to receive their pin next year in New Orleans!

“INA was nothing like I imagined. The warmth and energy I felt from the group were awesome. I LOVED my workshops and wished they were longer. The event organizer did an outstanding job at organizing everything. I was impressed with all the vendors and the high-quality agencies. It was a great time. What an amazing way to put actual faces to names from all the nanny and NCS FB groups. There is just something about in-person meetups.” Erin Carroll-Manning first time attendee

This was my 3rd conference and my first at being on the Board of Directors.
I travel each year from the UK to the INA conference to elevate my knowledge, to connect with like-minded people as our industry can be very lonely at times. Each year the conference finds an amazing hotel and city. Lots of networking and discussions were held poolside these were not official but we certainly put the world to rights.
 Helen McCarthy INA Board of Directors and UK Nanny LTD Founder

I’ve had the pleasure of attending the INA conference for several years. This year’s accommodations, such as the hotel, were especially lovely. The INA conference creates a fun, positive atmosphere where I am able to openly network with other like-minded professionals and discover effective new tools to implement in my own placement agency. I find the entire experience to be enjoyably constructive and uniquely motivating! Attending the INA conference is an absolute must-do for professionals in this industry. Rachel Urtiaga, Capitol Park Nannies

Don’t miss INA’s 34th Annual Conference March 21-24, 2019 in New Orleans, LA. The Member-only Pre-sale ends Saturday, June 30, 2018.

2017 conference logoThe weekend of May 18th to the 21st marked the 32nd Annual International Nanny Association Conference. It was held in Schaumburg, IL, a suburb of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. 

The Conference kicked off with a Job Fair where nannies looking for jobs were able to connect with agencies and their representatives to discuss future job opportunities. Some of the agencies present were Monicare from Chicago, Mahler a nationwide agency, Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing from San Francisco and Placement Solutions from Australia, making the fair truly international.

Keynote speaker, Megan Metzger of Preferred Childcare and Megan Metzger Consulting, was energizing. She challenged attendees to think about the importance of saying NO to things that are not important and she inspired attendees to prioritize their lives so that their actions matter.

The conference was jam-packed with sessions that were interesting and thought-provoking from dealing with divorce and separation to branding your business. There were sessions for everyone in attendance to enjoy, Nannies, Newborn Care Specialists and Agency owners and staff.

It is important to know that the INA Annual Conference is not only about learning and being inspired by speakers it is about networking and forming relationships with like-minded colleagues. It is about meeting someone who has inspired you for months via social media but you have yet to meet. It is about learning from your peers and finding out what industry leaders are discussing. Being part of the International Nanny Association means being able to access all of this information not only at conference but year round.

During the conference colleagues were recognized for their service in the industry, Nannies were recognized for 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years as nannies, this is a great achievement.

Each Nanny of the Year Nominees was truly inspiring with something to bring to the Nanny community. The recipient of this coveted honor for 2017 is Candida (Candi) Vajana. She is a United Kingdom trained and qualified Nanny who is living and working in California. Her inspirational speech was Mary Poppins brought to life, the umbrella and all.

Kathy Webb received the Meritorious Service Award for her many years of service within the industry to the International Nanny Association. Kathy said, “At the end of the day, our industry is really about children.” From the caregiver to the placement agent and the industry supporter, we really are all here for the kids.

The conference closed with the ever-popular Raffle with Raffle Queen Alice Shaffer and her Raffle Princesses keeping our audience engaged and raising money for our Conference Charity of Choice, Bright Endeavors. Raffle proceeds are split 50/50 with our chosen charity and our INA Endowment Program, providing scholarships to members to attend conference.

The 32nd annual conference was a huge success; here is some of the feedback received after the conference: 

Another brilliant Conference has come to an end for me. Sitting in the airport thinking fondly about all the friends I saw and new friends I made. Going home prepped to have a sleep talk and with a purse full of cards:). Already looking forward to Tucson” Lisa Dozier

“I eagerly anticipated the INA conference this year and it exceeded my expectations.  I enjoyed reconnecting with friends and meeting so many new, talented professionals.  The conference is a wonderful opportunity to step outside the business for a few days and think big!” Elizabeth Gengembre

Looking forward to next year’s conference in Tucson, AZ, hoping to meet lots of new members and hoping to visit with all the great friends I have made over the years.” Candi Vajana  – 2017 NOTY

“I took some advice from Sibling Rivalry and used it on my boys! I think I will be much more tolerant now! Brain Development cards will be shared next week with some clients. Thinking about some insights from nannies about older kids too! Donna R

Join us next year, May 17-20, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona! 


Thank You to our Sponsors for supporting INA and our Annual Conference!

2017 sponsors

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Thank you to all who made our 2016 INA Conference an amazing success!



2015-conference-logoApril 23-26 the International Nanny Association celebrated it’s 30th year in beautiful Cancun, Mexico! The INA conference was at the all inclusive Iberostar Hotel. From the moment attendees walked into the breathtaking lobby they knew this was a fantastic way to celebrate.  The restaurants, live entertainment, serene beach, peaceful pools, and friendly staff made this this conference quite an experience. Adventurous attendees were able to take advantage of the many excursions that Cancun has to offer. A change in conference format allowed for extra time in the afternoon to network with old and new colleagues, relax and rejuvenate in addition to the traditional conference educational opportunities.

The Keynote Speaker, Deborah Gilboa, MD spoke to the group on how to move past conflict to resolution. Workshops for nannies, newborn care specialist, agencies and other industry businesses were just what you would expect from INA’s 30 years working to educate the industry. Topics included helping nursing mothers, understanding cyber bullying and working within social media.  Attendees gained new tools to implement in their business or job.

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The recipient of the 2015 INA Nanny of the Year was Marly Higgins Driskell from Spring Texas.  Marly has been a professional Nanny for 21 years and is currently a Certificated Overnight Nanny Care Specialist.  As she accepted her award, the INA also honored three individuals who have served the association faithfully in it’s 30 year history.  Sandy Costantino, Wendy Sachs and Mary O’Connor were given the INA’s first Meritorious Service Awards for a job well done. The Harriette Grant Service Pin Awards were given to eleven individuals celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and even 35 years of work in the in-home childcare industry!

By all accounts, INA’s goal to go BIG for the 30th Anniversary was a smashing success.  Those interested in conference attendance can look forward to similar exciting locations in our future.  Here are some of the comments from attendees.

As a well seasoned Nanny of 27 years, this was my first INA conference and I question and ask myself why did I wait so long? First of all I only found out about INA in the last 10 years and Only in the last 3 years been wanting to attend the conference and this year having it be in the location of Cancun was a big incentive. After experiencing the conference itself the Highlight wasn’t the location but the friendships made and the learning experience that I had.   – Tammy Bannick, Nanny in Chicago, IL

If you did not make it to the INA conference in Cancun, you missed out on a great time! The resort was beautiful, staff was very friendly, workshops were fun and educational, we had plenty of free time to enjoy excursions, dinner with friends, and I even had time to play golf on their beautiful course on the water! Thank you to the board for one of the best conferences I have attended!  Debra Brown-Adamo, owner and founder,  Nannies Who Care.

Attending conference each year is a must for me. Working as a NCS can be very isolating and the time spent networking with other professionals and hanging out after hours with friends who get it is so refreshing. The classes are always relevant and even when they cover a topic I’ve studied in depth I still always learn something new from each session that is helpful to me in my work. Thanks for such a great line up of speakers this year and an amazing location! Renee D, Newborn Care Specialist, Bowie MD

This was my first conference and I loved the workshops and the flow of the conference. The speakers were helpful and the best in their field. I was thankful of the location for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. This is exactly what I needed for my time and career. Self care is important.  Leslie B., Nanny in Michigan

It was a true gift for me to be able to sit before true experts of the field during the NCS Panel. One of my career ambitions is to be trained as a NCS. I had so many questions! This opportunity has given me a much clearer look into “a day in the life”, lining up new assignments, liabilities to be aware of, taxes, and so much more. I certainly came out of this experience with more knowledge and a crisper image of this portion of the industry. Tracey Chipps, Nanny in Durham NC

As a first time conference attendee, I was blown away. From networking with other NCS professionals and making new friends to bettering myself and career by attending sessions I thoroughly enjoyed myself. A value cannot be placed on my experience and I am looking forward to attending conference annually in the coming years. Brittany Hunt, Newborn Care Training Academy, Washington DC

Feedback on the INA conference educational workshops:

Loved that it was interactive, Meagan provide valuable resources on how to reach different sectors of the community and how to go about it. Loved the speaking of promotions and not giveaways/freebies. Cost effective and free “marketing” options was fantastic. Agency Owner

Loved the interaction between Jess and the audience. The role playing was very helpful. Loved the positive feedback given to those that volunteered to get up in front of everyone. Can always learn something new on how to “offer” yourself and services by listening to how others present themselves and their businesses. Agency Owner

I had high expectations of Dr.G because I’d seen her speak before. But, she rose above and beyond what I even thought. Well worth whatever fee she requires. Would love a pre-or post- conference seminar with her (on whatever topic she chooses!). Definitely recharged my batteries.  Nanny Attendee

I loved the way practical advice intertwined with group discussions. I really came away with great information. Great job Tamiko! Newborn Care Specialist

Loved the practical basic common sense examples and solutions offered. My favorite session of the conference! Great information and presentation! Relevant. Kept the group engaged and was practical. Nanny attendee

2014 conference logoINA 29th Annual Conference

March 27-30, 2014
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, CA

We are so excited about our speakers this year – check out or speakers page to learn more!

View the 2014 INA Annual Conference Schedule .

2013 conference logo

April 12-15, 2013, International Nanny Association members from around the world gathered at the Hyatt Regency Louisville in Louisville, KY for the 28th Annual INA Conference.  With over 150 members present, nannies, agency owners, educators and other in-home childcare industry professionals gathered to learn new skills, gather new ideas and build new relationships.

INA’s 28th annual conference in Louisville was a great one!  Attendees have come to expect certain things from INA conferences, like good food, excellent networking opportunities, informative workshops, an opportunity to meet the NOTY and so many more things…. and they were not disappointed. The conference ran smoothly and everyone was able to experience all of the things that conference offers.

There were a couple of welcomed surprises that made this years conference even more special. First, Louisville is a charming, active city. All of the attendees would probably agree that the location of the Hyatt, where we stayed, was perfect. Just outside the hotel doors were numerous restaurants to choose from.  We were within walking distance of the Slugger museum, the Mohammed Ali Center, the Ohio River and many more points of interest.

Keynote speaker, Deborah Gilboa, M.D., kicked off conference speaking to us about respect and resilience. Dr. Gilboa infused us all with energy that stayed with us for the next couple of days.

The workshops received high ratings and everyone enjoyed networking and visiting the exhibitors during the breaks. Our NOTY luncheon, that is always special, was one of the highlights. This year we had four excellent nominees. It was sad to see Nikki Gribble retire, but exciting to welcome our new NOTY, Joanne Barrow. This year we also honored our past NOTY’s with their own NOTY logos. It was great that so many of our past NOTY’s were present. It was a thrill seeing them all lined up together on the stage!

The 2013 INA Annual Conference marked the fourth year that the INA Harriette Grant Service Award Pins and INA Service Award Pins were awarded to individuals in the in-home childcare industry. Ten attendees received their award pins or additional bars for their pins in recognition for their hard work, dedication and commitment to professional excellence.

As is tradition, the closing reception featured one of our favorite activities— the annual 50/50 Charity Raffle.  Each year INA chooses a local charity to support with half of the raffle proceeds, with the other half going to fund next year’s Conference Endowment. This year, half of all proceeds raised went to VIPS, Visually Impaired Preschool Services, ( Alice Shaffer and her helpers did a great job, as usual, and fun was had by all.

If you missed conference don’t despair. We are already planning our 29th conference in L.A., for Spring 2014 and you’re invited! If you are new to INA and have never attended an Annual Conference, you may be eligible for significant savings.

What Attendees Are Saying 

The Gift of Conference
By Greta Schraer

The annual INA conference has become a treasured staple in my year. No matter how my life and career has twisted and turned, conference has met me each time with inspiration.

It is an opportunity for time away from real life. For some it’s an educational vacation, for others a business boost. It really has the possibility to be just what you may need in your career.

After attending my 5th INA conference this year, I returned home eager and empowered. A little time away connecting with so many professionals with the desire for growth, well, it is simply inspiring. I have a debriefing routine; I do a few things to make sure that I really get the most out of my conference experience. After returning home, I reach out to new friends and connect with professionals through social media. I often re-read my workshop notes several times with a highlighter in hand. Each year I seem to find an overall personal theme with a few action steps. Personal and professional goals are set for the next year all because I put myself in a place to be challenged.

We tend to carve out time and resources for the priorities in our lives. The INA conference has become a priority for me. I desire to be a life-long learner, but I have taken home much more than a swag bag and great notes. Invaluable things like keys to the nanny profession help to develop community with nannies, personal challenge, rewarding moments, lifelong friendships, and clues to raising a healthy kid. And though I save and invest to attend this annual conference, I can honestly say that INA has invested much more in me. I am a better person, nanny, mom, and leader, and I can even see the impact that INA is making on the nanny industry in my city.

I encourage you to set your agenda for next spring. Set yourself and your career up for success and progress. Be challenged and receive the gift conference has to offer.

All photos were taken by and are the property of MaryAnn X. Meddish.

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This year, International Nanny Association members from around the world gathered at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 27th Annual INA Conference.

With over 200 members present, nannies, agency owners, educators and other in-home childcare industry professionals gathered to learn new skills, gather new ideas and build new relationships. During the 2012 INA Annual Conference, over 60 first-time attendees were welcomed into the family of professionals who dedicate their lives work to improving the lives of others. Though attendees worked hard, spending lots of time learning, they also played hard and taking in numerous shows, dining in top-notch restaurants and forging friendships around the pool as they enjoyed the warm, Las Vegas sun.

In addition to INA’s own industry experts like Bob King of Legally Nanny, Stephanie Breedlove of Breedlove & Associates, and Glenda Propst of Nanny Transitions, this year, nationally known speakers traveled from all over the United States to present to our conference attendees. Peter Shankman, founder of HARO presented a energetic workshop on social media, Cindy Horgan of Cape Cod Children’s Place, presented on working with middle school children and what boys need, Dr. Lindsay Hellar, “the Nanny Doctor,” presented on working with difficult clients and media personality “Dr. Shosh,” Shoshana Bennett, presented on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, to name a few.

The 2012 INA Annual Conference marked the third year that the INA Harriette Grant Service Award Pins and INA Service Award Pins were awarded to individuals in the in-home childcare industry. Twenty attendees received their award pins or additional bars for their pins in recognition for their hard work, dedication and commitment to professional excellence.

A highlight of the Annual Conference is the presentation of the Nanny of the Year Award. Nikki Gribble of Bethesda, Maryland, was honored as the 2012 INA Nanny of the Year recipient. Nikki is a graduate of The English Nanny & Governess School and specializes in caring for twins. During her speech, she shared a moving poem her mother wrote about her life as a nanny.

The annual 50/50 Charity Raffle marks the official end of the conference, though there is always a good amount of celebrating late into the evening afterwards. Each year INA chooses a local charity to support with half of the raffle proceeds. This year, half of all proceeds raised went to Spread the Word Nevada, a non-profit literacy program that distributes books to children in southern Nevada.

We hope that you will consider joining us for our 2013 Annual Conference. If you are new to INA and never have attended an Annual Conference, you may be eligible for significant savings.

What Attendees Are Saying 

This was my 3rd conference and I look forward to attending every year. My favorite workshop was How to expand and Fine Tune Your Temporary Services. I loved the information and the energy of the agency owners. They were inspiring and informative!

Rachel Urtiaga 
Capitol Park Nannies
Sacramento, CA
3rd Conference

My favorite session was Bob King’s Legal Review with Peter Shankman tying a close second with How to Expand and Fine Tune Your Temporary Services. Bob showed us what we should be doing, Sharon and Lexy showed us what we could be doing, and Peter inspired me to do both.

Niki Worrell
Williamsburg Nanny Agency 
Williamsburg, VA 

The most informative session for me was The Business Side of Nannying with Kathy Webb of HomeWork Solutions! Kathy is amazing and I feel so wise after hearing from her!

Keyanna Barr
First-time Attendee 

This was my 4th Annual Conference. Two years ago I received my 20 year INA Service Award pin, and this year I was one of the INA scholarship recipients. There were so many excellent workshops this year. What Boys Need, Press Pause for Extended Play, Games, Rhymes and Signs, and the Business Side of Nannying come to mind as favorites. I am looking forward to Louisville next year.

Stacie Gebeke

All photos were taken by and are the property of MaryAnn X. Meddish.

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This year, International Nanny Association members from around the world gathered at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay, Florida, from May 12-15th, 2011, for the 26th Annual INA Conference.

With over 120 members present, nannies, agency owners, educators and other in-home childcare industry professionals gathered to improve their skills, increase their marketability and network with others from across the globe. Though attendees worked hard, attending intensive sessions presented by top-notch speakers, there was also plenty of time to enjoy the warm Florida sun as well as to enjoy the elegant restaurants on-site and in the area.

New to this year’s conference was the addition of a Newborn Care Specialist track to the agenda. Workshops like “Greenproofing Your Client’s Nursery” and “Ask the Experts” were very well attended and got rave reviews.

This year there were over 40 first-time attendees at conference. The conference orientation designed for new attendees was packed. During the conference, attendees were often charged with finding five new faces each day to introduce themselves to and as a result, many new friendships were made.

In addition to building new relationships and strengthening existing ones, the nanny track included workshops ranging from “Imagine Nation” to “Understanding Different Interview Styles” and the agency track had a large focus on technology and how to effectively integrate it into the daily operations of placement agencies.

The 2011 INA Annual Conference marked the second year that the INA Harriette Grant Service Award Pins and INA Service Award Pins were awarded to individuals in the in-home childcare industry. Thirteen attendees received their award pins or additional bars for their pins in recognition for their hard work, dedication and commitment to professional excellence.

A highlight of the Annual Conference is the presentation of the Nanny of the Year Award. Marcia Hall of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was honored as the 2011 INA Nanny of the Year recipient. Marcia is a graduate of The English Nanny & Governess School and The Academy for Coaching Parents International and is an INA Credentialed Nanny. She has worked with children and families for 14 years and currently works with a family near her home caring for two children. Marcia’s acceptance speech beautifully wove her personal life as a wife and working mother and her career as a Certified Professional Nanny together.

The Annual 50/50 Charity Raffle marks the official end of the conference, though there is always a good amount of celebrating late into the evening afterwards. This year, under the direction of our own “Raffle Queen,” Alice Schaffer, a record amount of money was raised. Donations were generous and fun was had by all. Each year INA chooses a local charity to support with half of the raffle proceeds. This year, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tampa Bay was the charity INA chose to support.

“My goal in attending my first INA Conference was to find a resource that will help me to continue to grow as a professional nanny. I was happy to find that every workshop I attended was relevant to my current position. By the end of the conference I was excited to take what I learned and put it into practice right away. INA conferences are an invaluable resource to any nanny and I look forward to attending the 2012 INA Annual Conference.”

Brandi Hylton
Kansas City, MO
First-Time Attendee

“I have attended multiple conferences and this conference was by far the best. It had the best location, the best food and the best speakers. I’m very impressed by the planning and attention to detail that went into the compilation of this conference. I will definitely be in attendance next year. Our agency was also so impressed with the caliber of nannies at the INA conference, so much so that we are putting together a plan to sponsor some of our nannies’ INA memberships in the hopes that they too will join this amazing organization.”

Kelly Kougias
Agency Representative 
Choose The Right Nanny 
Dallas, TX and New York, NY

I was so excited to see so many offerings for Newborn Care Specialists that were relevant to our work now and to furthering our opportunities in the future.  Even after 25 years in the nanny industry, I learned SO much!”

Tonya Grell Sakowicz
Newborn Care Specialist
25 Year INA Harriette Grant Service Award Pin Recipient
Phoenix, AZ

“The 26th Annual International Nanny Association Conference in Tampa, Florida, was run with a standard of excellence. One of the things that stands out to me is the integrity of the nannies and agencies who attend this conference. I was honored to receive a pin for more than 10 years in service in the in-home childcare industry at the conference. It was a glorious weekend to connect with a group of industry professionals who are passionate about making a difference!”

Lexy Capp
Agency  Founder and Owner
Nannies & Housekeepers USA
Las Vegas, NV
10 Year INA Service Award Pin Recipient

We look forward to seeing you in 2012 for INA’s 27th Annual Conference.

All photos were taken by and are the property of MaryAnn X. Meddish.

2011 INA Annual Conference Wrap Up written by Marcia Hall.

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This year, INA members from around the world gathered at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California from May 20-23, 2010 to celebrate our 25 Years of Excellence during our Annual Conference.

With nearly a quarter of our membership present, attendees gathered to improve their skills, increase their marketability and network with industry professionals from across the globe. While attendees worked hard, attending intensive sessions presented by top-notch speakers, they also played hard touring San Francisco by cable car, visiting Alcatraz and dining at the many restaurants Fisherman’s Wharf has to offer.

A highlight of this year’s conference was the presentations of the new INA Harriette Grant Service Award Pins and the INA Service Award Pins. The Service Award Pins were presented to 35 attendees in recognition for their hard work, dedication and commitment to professional excellence.

As we wrap-up our 2010 INA Annual Conference, we thank everyone who made it a success and we congratulate our 2010 INA Nanny of the Year™, Greta Schrarer of Batavia, OH, for a job well done. Greta’s acceptance speech brought tears to many eyes as she shared what it meant for her to be honored as INA’s Nanny of the Year™ and as she challenged all attendees to be the best that they can be.

As we look back on what INA has accomplished in the past 25 years, and look forward to what we can accomplish in the next, INA will continue to make a difference as we improve the standards of the in-home child care industry.

From first time attendees, to attendees who have attended most of our 25 Annual Conferences, here’s what 2010 INA Annual Conference attendees are saying:

I recently attended the INA conference in San Francisco and found the event to be very productive. I went there with hopes of meeting dynamic people, sharing valuable business information and coming home with tips for how to work smarter in this evolving industry. I left there as I’d hoped. I was able to network with industry providers, fellow agency owners and nannies, helping me to have a better perspective and a deeper understanding of the different ways to approach nanny placement. I have always come home from conferences with “golden nuggets” of information which I have immediately applied to my own business practices. This year was no exception. Thank you, INA, for another wonderful conference!

Dulany Dent
The Nanny Network

Each year in the spring the INA conference is a rebirth of my professional goals, my professional commitment and my professional pride. It rejuvenates; re energizes, and reboots me.
Meeting new people, making new friends, developing professional connections and growing as professionals is what the INA Conference is all about. It is my investment in my career and I am rewarded over and over through the new friends I meet, the professional connections I develop and the growth I experience by spending a weekend with the best of the best the cream of the crop of the Nanny Industry. This year’s conference was one of the best conferences I have ever attended in my 25 years in the Nanny profession.

Glenda Propst
Nanny for 25 years
Regarding Nannies

2010 INA conference was a great experience with great people, tons of information, and a lot of fun.  We want to thank everyone who organized the event.  My colleague and I just discovered INA about a month ago and didn’t know what to expect as first-time attendees.  We were not disappointed.  Everyone was incredibly welcoming, helpful, and informative.  We left with the feeling that INA really cares about our success.  Everyone made us feel that we were part of the team.  We are looking forward to becoming more involved with INA and we plan on attending the 2011 conference.

Jill Kingston and Angela Griffith
The Sitter Connection, Ohio
1st INA Conference
New INA Members

I couldn’t have imagined a better conference. When I learned about INA last year I was interested, but didn’t really know what to expect. As I became a member and was told about conference I grew very excited. I wanted to learn as much as possible to take back to my family. I not only learned many things that I will be able to implement with my charges, but I made friendships that can never be broken. I never thought about the fact that I had co-workers out there, but now I have bonds that I will carry with me forever. I can’t wait to do it again.

Heather McKinley
Cincinnati, OH
1st Conference
New Member

All photos were taken by and are the property of MaryAnn X. Meddish.

We look forward to seeing you in 2011 for INA’s 26th Annual Conference.

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2009 Conference Wrap-Up
THINKING BIG at the INA Annual Conference in Dallas, TX
Submitted by Nettie Weber, INA Board Member and PR Chair

Everything’s bigger in Texas and it’s a good thing! The 2009 INA Annual Conference proved to be bigger and better than ever! Attendees came from all over the country to “Think Big,” improve their skills and increase their marketability. And they did, in a big way! As we bid INA Conference 2009 a fond farewell, we thank everyone who made it a success and we congratulate our 2009 INA Nanny of the Year™, MaryAnn X. Meddish of Bloomfield Hills, MI, for a job well done. Her acceptance speech brought tears to many eyes as she shared what it meant for her to be honored as INA’s Nanny of the Year™. We also acknowledged nominee Marcia Hall of Milwaukee, WI, a nanny turned new mom who is another shining example of the type of caregiver today’s professional nanny is. These two nannies, on a daily basis, promote and exemplify what we strive for at INA: Excellence, professionalism, integrity and a passion for always continuing to learn. INA’s Nanny of the Year™ nominees strive to be the best that they can be and serve as role models for others in our industry.

From first-time attendees to those who haven’t missed an INA conference in more than 20 years, here’s some insight to what 2009 INA Conference attendees thought of this years event:

Greta Schraer
Cincinatti, OH
11 years of off/on Nanny Experience
1st INA Conference
1st Year INA Member

“I found INA online while searching for resources on nanny salaries. I immediately learned that there was a whole world to nannying that I never knew existed in all of the years that I had been nannying. INA opened the nanny world up to me and showed me that there was more out there and that there was an actual nanny community. After attending the conference, I was blown away! I expected good things from it, but I left with a brand new vision for my career and excitement for my profession. I learned how to gather other local nannies and form my own small community at home. The conference offered validation and what touched me most was that there was a whole group of people across the nation who knew me, appreciated me and understood me. The conference was full of people searching for excellence in their career. It was empowering and life changing for me. I’m hooked on INA from here on out.”

Erin Lee
Atlanta, GA
Soon-to-be Agency Owner
Nanny Select Group
1st INA Conference
1st Year INA Member

“I could immediately tell that INA was an organization full of friendly, outgoing, fun people who were ready to answer my questions. The conference gave me confirmation that I was headed in the right direction with my agency planning and I met so many wonderful people that I know that I can just pick up my phone and reach out to on any given day, from across the country. It’s hard to talk with local agents because we have a very locally competitive industry, it seems, and now I almost have “co-workers.” If you are serious about the nanny industry and linking yourself to the most professional people, join INA and go to the conferences. I was exposed to great tools, picked up information that I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere else, and just met the most terrific people that I had so much fun with. I will forever be an INA conference attendee.”

Tiffaney Smith
Santamonica, CA
10 years Nanny Experience
1st INA Conference
2nd year INA Member

“I wasn’t expecting that everyone would be so friendly and welcoming. I was actually pretty shocked to be accepted with open arms. The workshops were great, the speakers were top-notch and it was awesome to share this all with people that had the same level of passion for childcare that I do. I have an addiction to learning and researching things and when I found out I was immersed in an environment where all I was doing was learning all day long, from everyone — I was hooked. INA makes me feel so educated and with the variety of topics the conference had — everything from middle school issues, to colic, to parent coaching, all under one roof — how can I NOT attend every year from here on out? At the end of the day everyone wants to be valued and earn more money. INA gives you the wheels to achieve that.”

Debbie Brown
Agency Owner
Nannies Who Care, Inc.
Palm Harbor, FL
2nd INA Conference
20 year INA Member

“This is my 2nd conference, 2 years in a row. All these years I’ve been an INA member, I never really knew what went on at INA conferences. Sure I’d seen the pictures and read a little, but that was about it. Business was doing well and I thought that I really didn’t think I needed to attend. I didn’t realize exactly how much it would benefit me until I was there, for the first time, in 2008! I attended because my business dropped off a bit and I was hoping to gain a few ideas. I now have a huge wealth of information that I would have never had, if I had not attended a conference. Even after being a business owner for 20 years, I still came back with pages and pages of items to share with my employee and we sat right down and started talking and brainstorming and implementing! The key items that conference offered me were networking and marketing tips that I would have never came up with. It pushed me to do things that I had thought about doing but just hadn’t yet. Yes, I’m coming back next year.”

Glenda Propst
Pevely, MO
24 years Nanny Experience
7th INA Conference
9 year INA Member (a founding member of INA in ’85)
1991 INA Nanny of the Year™
5 Year INA Board member

“I was a founder of NAN and when that folded in 2005, I was really burnt out and just tired, ready for someone else to do things in the nanny world. As years went on, something was missing from my life. I promised Harriet Grant (the 1990 NOTY™) that I’d never let people forget her in the nanny world. I felt compelled to keep my promise and couldn’t let myself not be a member of INA. If you want to change something, you have to be on the train to make a difference. So I got on the train again. I needed to get my feet wet and feel that sense of validation of my career again that you just can’t get elsewhere. The sessions at this conference were fabulous. I couldn’t choose! Everything was well put together, right on target and spoke to both new and seasoned nannies. INA connects me to a bigger part of my career and provides me with the best professional resources — because no one ever stops growing. For anyone on the fence about joining INA and attending INA Conferences: What you get out of anything, is what you put into it. You find the money for what’s important to you. Some people buy iPhones, Blackberries, new purses and other goodies … It’s not about spending money, it’s about investing in your career in this case and ensuring that you are the best that you can be at what you do. If you care about our industry, INA is a major part of that.”


A sincere thank you to everyone who contributed their time, money and gifts to make INA’s event of the year a memorable experience. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the 2010 INA Annual Conference.