The 2019 VASTA Conference, Connectors, Communicators & Culture 
will be held August 4-7, 2019 at

The Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown 
in Orlando, Florida, USA.



The Embassy Suites Orlando - Downtown

An upscale all-suite hotel by Hilton. 

Address: 191 E Pine St, Orlando, Florida 32801
Phone: (407) 841-1000

A stay at Embassy Suites Orlando - Downtown places you in the heart of Orlando, walking distance from Orange County Regional History Center and Lake Eola. This hotel is close to Lake Eola Park and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.

Cost and Amenities:

$149 USD/night + tax. 
•    Made-to-order breakfast 
•    Nightly Manager’s Reception
•    In-Suite Kitchenette
•    Free Wi-Fi when you sign up for a Free Hilton Honors Account.
When booking, use group code: VCG

Booking Information and Requirements:

•    Must provide a Debit or Credit Card to book reservations. 
•    No deposit required upon booking. 
•    Free cancellation before 11:59pm local hotel time on 31 Jul 2019.
•    Parking is an additional $26.00/day for guest valet parking plus tax or $19.50 per day for day parking guests plus tax

MUST BOOK BY 1 JULY 2019 TO RECEIVE SPECIAL RATE. We strongly (VERY strongly) suggest you make your room accommodations as soon as possible, as availability will no doubt diminish and prices will increase. 

To book your room now,


Directions to The Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando can be found in the 

Orlando Welcome Packet.


Sunday, 4 August 2019

2:30p-6:00p Registration
6:00-8:30p Opening Ceremony - Includes refreshments and Keynote

Monday, 5 August 2019

8-9a Member Presentations
9:00-11:00a Featured Guest Presentations
11-12:30p VASTA Annual Address
12:30-2p Lunch
2-6p Member Presentations
6-8pm Manager's Reception - Includes refreshments

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

8-9a Member Presentations
9-11p Featured Guest Presentations
11-12:30p Member Presentations
12:30-2 Lunch
2-6p Member Presentations
6-8p Manager's Reception - Includes refreshments

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

8-9a Member Presentations
9-10a Featured Guest Presentations
10-11:30a Member Presentations
11:30-12:30p Featured Guest Presentations
12:30-2:30p Closing Ceremony - Celebration Lunch

Please note, the ATHE conference will be held August 7-11th at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel.



Patricia Raun
Scott Kaiser
Tonia Sina with Intimacy Directors International
Rena Cook & Eliza Schneider
Margaret Kemp



VASTA Identity Cabaret:

Identity Cabaret is an initiative of VASTA's Diversity Committee and has been one of the highlights of the VASTA conference for the past number of years. If you have questions about this year's Identity Cabaret, please contact the Diversity committee at diversity(at) Please note, the Identity Cabaret will be held from 6:30p-8p on either the 2nd or 3rd evening of the conference. We will update the schedule once we have it set.



Please remember that you must be a current member of VASTA and logged in to register for the conference at the member rate. Please, also confirm that your member profile is up to date.

If you have membership questions or are having trouble with logging in, please reach out to the director of membership at dir.membership(at)

Registration Fee:

  • $350 - I am a current VASTA Member (early bird - $275 ends May 31st)

  • $225 - All Students, Retirees, VASTA Distinguished Emerita (early bird - $150)

  • $450 - All non-members (early bird - $375. Does not include membership to VASTA)

A $75 Early Bird Discount is automatically applied to your total at check out, if you register before 11:59pm EST on 31 May 2019.



If your plans change after you register, please contact VASTA's Director of Operations, Nancy Bos, (treasurer(at) After June 15th, you will only receive 50% of your original payment.



To contribute to VASTA's "Member-Sponsored Conference Scholarship” that supports member attendance at future conferences, please click the "donate here" button and indicate the amount you want to give.

Donate Here

Please note: A photographer and/or videographer hired by VASTA may take still pictures and videos during the conference for VASTA's promotional purposes.

Questions? Feel free to email conference Director, Kendra Kingsbury - kkingsbury(at)