Academy Schedule

Four days jam-packed with networking, education, and shopping, crafted specifically for the specialty toy industry. What could be better?

See our education sessions listed below. All events will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, unless noted otherwise.

Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM — Pre-Conference Workshop

Certified Play Expert Workshop

Master the science behind PLAY: Become a PLAYfessional at Marketplace & Academy!

You know play is powerful, but can you explain why? ASTRA's Certified Play Expert Workshop gives you the research, language, and tools to support the science behind play. For the first time, you can become a Certified Play Expert at Marketplace & Academy. This pre-conference workshop will elevate your expertise in just two days.

ASTRA invites toy industry professionals, therapists, librarians, educators and anyone in the business of play to take part in this event. Become a Certified Play Expert at our first in-person, interactive 2-day pre-conference workshop!


Friday, June 5, 2020 @ 8am-5pm
Saturday, June 6, 2020 @ 8am-5pm

Orange County Convention Center 
2 9800 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Workshop Room TBA


Breakfast and lunch on both days
Certificate of graduation
Certified Play Expert pin

Sunday, June 7

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Opening General Session

To start the day of education, ASTRA’s opening session provides an introduction and jumpstart to the day for all full-conference attendees. Thom Singer of The Conference Catalyst returns to ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy as emcee and to introduce our opening session speaker, Jeff Civillico. Jeff Civillico is an upbeat, motivational entertainer and his energy will prepare everyone for a day full of learning and inspiration. The opening session wraps up with brief previews into the workshop sessions later that day from the following five thought leaders: 

       From Travel Hell to Travel Well: Inside Secrets to Stay Energized, Healthy and Balanced | John Ayo

       The Box from the Inside Out | Jed Dearybury

       Understand Your Financial Statements and Put More Cash in Your Pocket | Jennifer Rust

       The Psychology of Persuasion | Kevin Carroll

       Pressure Cooker Confidence: The Me You Want to Be | Roger Haskett 

Speaker | Jeff Civillico 

Location | The Tangerine Ballroom

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM — Expert Led Workshops

1:15 PM - 3:30 PM — Breakout Sessions

Monday, June 8

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM—Lightning Learning

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM—Lightning Learning

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM—Lightning Learning

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Lunch & Learn

This year, at ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy, the tradeshow floor will close and the lunch & learn will begin! That means, everyone is invited and encouraged to come network over food while listening to the insightful stories and knowledge from Stacey Hanke. Stacey Hanke is a Certified Speaking Professional and author of the book Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday. Join us and challenge yourself to grow!

Speaker | Stacey Hanke 

Location | The Tangerine Ballroom

Tuesday, June 12

9:30 AM- 11:45 AM—Lightning Learning

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM—Lightning Learning

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM—Lightning Learning

Wednesday, June 10

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM — Closing Session & Lunch

To wrap up another successful year at ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy, everyone is invited to say their goodbyes and ponder their closing thoughts with keynote speaker, Kevin Brown. Author of The HERO Effect, Kevin Brown brings heartwarming and thought-provoking content that will leave you ready to be your own hero. The tradeshow will be closed, but your mind will be opened with new thoughts and new beginnings to ponder.

Speaker | Kevin Brown

Location | The Tangerine Ballroom

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.