First Plenary Speaker for the 2019 Annual Conference Announced

By: National Postdoctoral Association
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ROCKVILLE, Md. - Aug. 6, 2018 - PRLog -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has confirmed Joshua Weiss, Ph.D., as plenary speaker at 2019 NPA Annual Conference. The conference will take place April 12 - 14, 2019, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL.

Joshua N. Weiss, Ph.D., is the co-founder, with William Ury, of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is also the director and creator of the Masters of Science degree in leadership and negotiation at Bay Path University. He received his doctorate from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in 2002.

Weiss has spoken and published on negotiation, mediation, and systemic approaches to dealing with conflict.  In his current capacity he conducts research, consults with many different types of organizations, delivers negotiation and mediation trainings and courses, and engages in negotiation and mediation at the organizational, corporate, government, and international levels.

Weiss' most recent book, called Trouble at the Watering Hole: The Adventures of Emo and Chickie, is geared toward children and designed to teach them negotiation skills through a story format. The book is for 5 to 10 year olds. The next book in the series will be published in 2018.

Weiss is the creator of a number of innovative products that use the power of present day technology to convey negotiation to a broad audience. In addition to teaching numerous synchronous and asynchronous courses and trainings over the web he has developed two products of note. The first is the Negotiation Tip of the Week (NTOW) podcast.  The second is the Negotiator In You Audiobook and eBook series. The NTOW was in the top 100 iTunes Business Podcasts from 2007 to 2010 and was downloaded over 2 million times during that period. The Negotiator In You series was published in January 2012 and was in the iTunes top audiobook category for two months. An addition to the series, specifically for salespeople, was published in January of 2013.

Finally, Weiss has conducted trainings and consulted with a number of organizations, companies, and governmental entities, including: Microsoft, General Motors, United Auto Workers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Novellus, Christies Art Auction House, CDM Smith, Genzyme, Harvard University, Yale Medical School, United Nations (multiple departments), the U.S. Government (State Department and Transportation Security Administration), and various state governments.

The NPA Annual Conference is the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community. Conference attendees - postdoctoral scholars, administrators, faculty, and representatives from professional societies, industry, and corporations - are provided with the opportunity to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills. The Annual Conference is coordinated by the NPA Meetings Committee, which assists the staff and the Board of Directors in planning and organizing the conferences. Rajan Chaudhari, Ph.D., and Kerry Kauffman, B.A., serve as co-chairs of the Meetings Committee. For more information about the 2019 Annual Conference, visit (


The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA seeks to provide a national voice for postdoctoral scholars; to facilitate positive change for postdocs; and thereby to advance the research enterprise in the United States. The NPA serves the postdoctoral community, including more than 12,000 individual members and some 200 organizational members. The NPA provides support to the postdoctoral community through resources, toolkits, professional development and networking opportunities.

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