Get ready for October 2024!

The First Place Global Leadership Institute is building on last year’s momentum and lining up a dynamic group of speakers and events.

Join us in Phoenix for the 13th First Place Global Symposium!​

October 16–18, 2024

Be among fellow trailblazers and courageous leaders for three grounding, informative and fortifying days as we work together to fuel a new marketplace of housing, healthcare and community options for adults with autism and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities. 

Register to Attend

In Person Early-Bird Discount ($1,560)

Save 20% through Thursday, August 15
Use the special access code before checkout: EARLYBIRD

Dimensions of Purpose

Wednesday, October 16

All times are pacific daylight time (PDT)

First PlacePhoenix, 3001 N. Third Street 
Meet at First Place–Phoenix. Transportation will be provided for the tour and dinner.

1:00 p.m. 
In person only

First Place–Phoenix Welcome Tour
A fun, informative exploration of spaces, technology applications and operations. 

5:00 p.m. 
In person only

A 360º tour of this amazing nonprofit center for independent living run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities to address needs and barriers within the community. Followed by warm-up exercises, a special reception and dinner. 

Dimensions of Community

Thursday, October 17 

All times are pacific daylight time (PDT)

Creighton Health Sciences Campus, 3100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Our morning destination—a short walk from the hotel! 

8:00 a.m.
In person & online

Welcome & Launch

8:45 a.m.
In person & online

Health Ecosystem: Moving the Needle 

9:45 a.m.
In person & online


10:00 a.m.
In person & online

Progress in Motion: Building Blocks of Home & Community 

10:45 a.m.
In person & online
Morning Keynote
Chris Krehmeyer, President/CEO, Beyond Housing; Co-Founder, Home Matters®
11:30 a.m.
In person & online

Data Informed Dimensions: Research Informing Supportive Public Policy  

  • Housing Market Analyses
  • Translational Research Consortium (TRC)
12:15 p.m. 
In person & online


1:15 p.m. 
In person & online
Keynote Speaker
Keivan Stassun, Ph.D., Director, Frist Center for Autism and Innovation; Mitigating Limitations, Improving Outcomes – Applications of Technology in the Workplace
2:00 p.m.
In person & online

Accommodations for All

3:00 p.m. 
In person & online

Proof Points: Responding to the Spectrum of Abilities, Disabilities & Ages  

3:45 p.m. 
In person & online


An Evening at the Arizona Heritage Center, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe
Transportation will be provided from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown North.

5:30 p.m. 
In person only
Amplifying Dimensional Experiences: Artfulness of Co-Creation & Co-Composers
Evening Keynote: Danny Combs, Founder, Teaching the Autism Community Trades (TACT); Co-Founder, Colorado Neurodiversity Chamber of Commerce

Dimensions of Leadership

Friday, October 18

All times are pacific daylight time (PDT)

ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Return to First Place–Phoenix 
555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Transportation options will be available.

8:00 a.m.
In person & online

Spectrum of a Healthy Democracy: Introduction to Vote the Spectrum
Morning Keynote Speaker: Richard Stengel, Editor, Author & Former Government Official: A Call for Courage

8:30 a.m.
In person & online

Activating Our Communities Through Information Sharing & The Media

9:15 a.m.
In person & online

Courageous Leadership Panel: Dimensions of Leading & Building Support for Sustainability

10:15 a.m.
In person & online

Break (Move to ASU Classroom) 

10:30 a.m.
In person & online

Learning Perspectives

11:30 a.m.
In person & online

Force Multiplier: Dimensional Integrators

12:15 p.m.
In person & online

Break/Lunch at ASU

1:30 p.m.
In person & online

Return to First Place–Phoenix
Additional tours, one-on-one meetings, luggage retrieval

Additional Information for In-Person Attendance


    • Wednesday property tours, technology demonstrations & casual dinner
    • Thursday evening reception & unforgettable cultural experience
    • Idea exchanges & valuable connections
    • Meals & transportation to event venues

Not Included

  • Airfare & ground transportation
  • Hotel

We suggest Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown North. Use our group rate (good through Tuesday, September 17) and enjoy their complimentary breakfast.

“A wide cross-section of related practitioners and experts shared their knowledge. It was well thought out; people were treated to a stimulating presentation and warm hospitality.”
JaLynn Prince, President & Founder, Madison House Autism Foundation

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