The 2019 conference theme:
Connect. Lead. Change.

Welcoming new perspectives to inspire and support people in transition

Let us celebrate that Families in Global Transition (FIGT) is moving to Southeast Asia for the first time ever. We are excited to welcome new and old experts and professionals to the conference from all over the world.

We invite globally mobile individuals as well as those who sponsor, support, and study them, to share their perspectives on connection, leadership, and change related to this lifestyle.

#FIGT2019 will continue to build bridges between communities and sectors as expressed in our mission statement:

“a welcoming forum for globally mobile individuals, families, and those working with them. Our mission is to promote cross-sector connections for sharing research and developing best practices that support the growth, success, and well-being of people crossing cultures around the world.”

Schedule

Please note that this schedule is subject to change

We would like to help you plan ahead of time, so we recommend you to choose in advance which sessions you would like to attend. Click on the highlighted links.

Friday, April 26, 2019

08:00 Registration opens
08:30-09:30 Welcome breakfast for first-timers only
10:00-10:25 Opening of Day One
Introduction of David C Pollock Scholars
10:25-11:25 Keynote
Jo Parfitt: Stories Connect Us
11:25-11:45 Break (complimentary tea and coffee)
11:45-12:45 Concurrent Session I
12:45-13:45 Lunch (complimentary buffet)
Bookstore opens
13:30-13:45 Mindful Transition
13:45-14:30 Kitchen Table Conversations I
14:30-15:00 Poster Q&A
15:00-15:30 Author Signing at Bookstore and Break (complimentary tea and coffee)
15:30-16:30 Panel Discussion I
16:30-17:00 Discover FIGT: Updates on where we are financially, who we ‘are’ as a global family and how you can contribute, and gain from us.
17:00 Bookstore closes
17:00-19:00 Welcome Reception
Lucky Draw (must be present to win)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

08:00 Registration opens
Bookstore opens
08:15-09:45 Early Bird Forums
10:00-11:00 Opening of Day Two
Keynote: Anita Kapoor
11:00-11:30 Author Signing at Bookstore and Break (complimentary tea and coffee)
11:30-12:30 Concurrent Session II
12:30-13:30 Lunch (complimentary buffet)
13:15-13:30 Mindful Transition
13:30-14:30 Concurrent Session III
14:30-15:45 Lightning Sessions
15:45-16:00 Lucky Draw (must be present to win)
16:00-16:15 Break (complimentary tea and coffee)
16:15-17:00 Kitchen Table Conversations II
17:00 Bookstore closes

Sunday, April 28, 2019

08:00 Registration opens
Bookstore opens
08:15-09:45 Early Bird Forums
10:00-11:00 Opening of Day Three
Keynote
11:00-11:30 Author Signing at Bookstore and Break (complimentary tea and coffee)
11:30-12:30 Concurrent Session IV
12:30-13:30 Lunch (complimentary buffet)
13:15-13:30 Mindful Transition
13:30-14:15 Kitchen Table Conversations III
14:15-14:30 Break (complimentary tea and coffee)
Bookstore closes
14:30-15:45 Panel Discussion II
Lucky Draw (must be present to win)
15:45-16:45 Closing Ceremony

Mindful Transition

The FIGT Conference is filled with inspiring people and content. Ever feel like you need a small break to breathe, reflect and process everything that’s going on? If so, you are most welcomed to join us for the last 15-minutes of lunch each day as we gather in the plenary room for a brief mindfulness meditation session. Whether you’re new to meditation, have no idea what mindfulness means or have been practicing for years, you are most welcomed.

Keynote Presentations

Jo Parfitt

Journalist, editor, writer, speaker and teacher, Jo Parfitt has lived abroad for 31 years across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

In 1997 Jo founded Summertime Publishing, a global organization with an extensive international network that specializes in producing books by and for people who live overseas. Since 1984 Jo has authored 32 of her own books and worked with over 200 authors to help them write and publish their own stories.

Jo is more than a writer and publisher – she is a mentor for aspiring writers and is renowned for helping people develop writing skills ‘that pay’. She establishes Writing Circles wherever she resides, and continues to encourage people to write their life stories as a means to celebrating their individual journey.

The title of Jo’s keynote address is: Stories Connect Us

Jo has actively supported FIGT for close to 20 years; in 2014 she co-founded the Parfitt-Pascoe Writing Residence (PPWR), a global team of skilled yet amateur writers, with Robin Pascoe. PPWR offered participants an opportunity to work closely with Jo and attend the FIGT Conferences as scribes, capturing every session for subsequent publication and sharing. To celebrate 20 years of FIGT, Jo also organized the publication of A Reunion of Strangers, a compilation of the most inspiring quotes from FIGT speakers and attendees across the years.

Jo believes that connecting means finding links between seemingly unconnected phases in our lives, and that stories play an integral role in enabling us to do so. In this Keynote she will share her experience, her vision and offer strategies for building your own story.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10:00-11:00

 

Anita Kapoor

TV presenter, travel show host, emcee, professional speaker, writer and avid traveller, Anita Kapoor is familiar to many. Born in India but a resident of Singapore since 1978, ATCK Anita is known for her eloquence and energy, particularly around issues related to equality and individuality.

Anita’s work has taken her around the world and seen her present for Lonely Planet, Discovery TLC and Channel News Asia to name but a few. Her passion for connecting with communities and offering her support have led to ambassadorial roles within Habitat for Humanity (building or improving homes) and Pink Dot (supporting equality for the LGBT community). She also supports Willing Hearts (a feeding programme in Singapore) and Magic Bus (a sports programme in India). Wherever Anita goes, she asks questions, reflects, shares, and is grateful.

This Keynote will focus on the concept of LEAD. Anita wants people to embrace the opportunities that the TCK life offers. She sees great opportunity, when living globally, to gain a valuable and unique sense of perspective and insight into societies and communities.

She will tell stories of her own learnings, and demonstrate what has led to her to develop her own voice and individuality. Keen to shake off the labels we assign ourselves and step out of the bubbles we can find ourselves in, Anita will demonstrate how a transient life enables us to become wiser stakeholders in the global community.

Register

Full Conference – $610.00
Groups – $500.00
Special code required. Please complete this form to apply for group status https://goo.gl/FYiKUX. Must include at least 4 registrants from one single organization. Pricing is per person. A group is defined as people working for the same employer or registered volunteers for the same organization.

Single Day (Day 1, April 26, 2019) – $375.00
Single Day (Day 2, April 27, 2019) – $375.00
Single Day (Day 3, April 28, 2019) – $375.00

Student Full Conference – $500.00
A student is someone attending High School, University or postgraduate school who is not working fulltime.

Student Single Day (Day 1, April 26, 2019) – $240.00
No early bird rate. A student is someone attending High School, University or postgraduate school who is not working fulltime.

Student Single Day (Day 2, April 27, 2019) – $240.00
No early bird rate. A student is someone attending High School, University or postgraduate school who is not working fulltime.

Student Single Day (Day 3, April 28, 2019) – $240.00
No early bird rate. A student is someone attending High School, University or postgraduate school who is not working fulltime.

Welcome Reception only – $35.00
April 26, 2019 only, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
A great opportunity to meet and mingle for those unable to attend the conference. Welcome Reception is included in full conference registration and day rates.

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