Join Us October 19-22 in San Diego - 2022 APNA Annual Conference
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Join Us October 19-22 in San Diego - 2022 APNA Annual Conference
SOLD OUT! Join our Waitlist

About the Conference

Once a year, agency owners and staff from across the globe gather for one weekend to recharge, connect, and energize. APNA’s annual conference provides an opportunity for agencies to immerse themselves in new knowledge, learn new skills and techniques, connect with like-minded business owners, and take away immediate plans they can implement to succeed in the private service industry.

This year’s conference, being hosted at the Ritz Carlton Bacara in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, has already received an unprecedented level of interest, with our initial room block selling out within 48 hours. Our capacity for space at this conference is extremely limited, and for the first time in our conference’s history, we expect to sell out quickly.

This year’s speaker topics include advocating for equal rights in your candidate pools, what to do in times of crisis, how to harness your inner confidence during sales calls, the power of personality tests within your team, leveraging recruitment for millennials, launching virtual offices and remote employees, and much much more. There is also an abundance of activities both on-site and off-site for attendees to enjoy, including yoga, horseback riding, surfing, hiking, meditation, wine tasting and more.

The conference is open to owners and staff members of nanny agencies worldwide (you do not need to be a member of APNA to attend.) We look forward to making waves with you in Santa Barbara in October!

October 3-6, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
8301 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Conference Will Begin

Hotel & Venue

As of June 25, 2019 there are no available rooms at the APNA Rate for the 2019 Conference. If you have a question about an existing reservation, email Please do not call the hotel looking to book a room for the APNA Conference. 

APNA is elated to be hosting our annual conference October 3rd-6th at the stunning Ritz-Carlton Bacara in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA this year.

The property is tucked away on 78 secluded acres and includes 2 miles of natural beach, lush gardens, a wine tasting room and cellar with 12,000+ bottles, three zero-edge saline pools, tennis courts, five on-site restaurants, and optional activities including horseback riding, sailing, surfing and hiking. The Ritz has graciously extended our $249 room rate for conference to three evenings before and three evenings after the conference for attendees who would like a little rest and relaxation before or after conference!

Click below to learn more about our amazing venue and what’s included.

Should you experience any issues booking your room, please email for assistance.

Thursday, October 3

Day One


8:00 am – 4:00 pm 
APNA Board Meeting

5:00 – 7:30 PM
Conference Registration Open

7:00 – 9:00 PM
Welcome Reception sponsored by GTM Payroll Services 




Friday, October 4

Day Two


7:30 am – 8:30 am 
Breakfast sponsored by White House Nannies

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Welcome  with Ginger Swift &  Keynote Introduction with Andromeda Dunker 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Keynote Address, Networking Break & General Session

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm 
Lunch Sponsored by Avitus Group

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Breakout Sessions, Networking Break & Round Tables

Saturday, October 5

Day Three


8:00 am – 9:00 am 
Breakfast sponsored by Bright Horizons

9:00 am – 12:30 pm 
General Sessions & Networking Break 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 
Lunch sponsored by Alpha/Omega Coverage Corp

1:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Breakout Sessions and Networking Break 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm 
APNA Honors Gala sponsored by HomeWork Solutions

Sunday, October 6

Day Four


Optional Sunday Excursion: Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail Excursion

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

*additional sign up fee required






Sunday, October 6
11 am - 3 pm

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail Excursion

Before you depart, enjoy the best food and wine that Santa Barbara has to offer with industry friends and colleagues! We will transport you from the Ritz-Carlton to the Urban Wine Trail in downtown Santa Barbara where the city’s top winemakers and up-and-coming chefs practice their craft. Attendees will partake in a self-guided tour of 20+ tasting rooms where you can sip at your own pace, and discover why Santa Barbara’s wine country is truly world class. Whether you’re new to wine or an experienced oenophile, a Cabernet fan or a lover of Chardonnay, there is something for everyone and scrumptious food to boot! Don’t let conference end on Saturday night – be sure to join us on Sunday for this fun and educational outing!

Photo by Mark Weber/Courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara

Judith Langer Merlin Scholarship for APNA Education

Judi was a pioneer in our industry having started A Friend of the Family in Atlanta over 30 years ago. She was a founding member of APNA, the first co-president, and a long-time board member. Her loss leaves a void for many who knew her and were touched in some way by her generous spirit, gentle soul and faithful friendship.

In her honor, APNA has created the Judith Langer Merlin Scholarship for APNA Education.

APNA Honors was created as a way to recognize our members for service and achievements in our industry. Each year a committee reviews nominations and selects those members that have strive to provide quality service that meets or exceeds APNA standards.


Kellie Geres, APNA Executive Assistant

See you in Santa Barbara!