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2018 Divorce Catalyst Conference
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10/18/2018 to 10/20/2018
When: October 18-20, 2018
Where: Hotel Republic
421 West B Street
San Diego, California  92101
United States
Contact: 508-499-3701

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Academy of Professional Family Mediators
Association of Divorce Financial Planners


The APFM/ADFP 2018 United Catalyst Conference:
Modern Solutions for Divorce and Family Professionals

October 18-20, 2018
San Diego, CA
Hotel Republic
Downtown San Diego

This year the Academy of Professional Family Mediators will host its 6th annual conference in conjunction with the Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP). This year’s united conference will focus on modern solutions for divorce and family professionals including the many ways that both mediators and financial planners can work together for the benefit of both their clients and their businesses. During the break out sessions, attendees will have a chance to choose from sessions in tracks for both mediators and financial planners. Attendees may choose any session from either track that most interests them allowing them to expand their knowledge base beyond what each organization can provide individually.

Registration Fees:
  Early Bird
(Extended to Sept. 14) 

(Sept. 14 - Oct 12)

(Oct 13 - Oct 18) 
ADFP Members  $599  $899  Closed
Non-Members  $875  $1,175 Closed 



Click here for the Preliminary Conference Agenda (Updated 9/26/18).

Registration opens on Wednesday, October 17th from 4-6 PM. Sessions begin Thursday, October 18th at 8:30 AM and conclude On Saturday, October 20th at 4:00 PM.


Plenary Speakers

Katy Goshtasbi
Opening Keynote Speaker on Thursday afternoon: Creating your Professional Brand

Katy Goshtasbi is a change and branding expert. She works with law firms, lawyers and organizations on growing, in size and profits, by mastering change and developing brands that get their message out effectively. The results include, happier more productive lawyers, reduced stress, attracting better clients, and more revenues. Katy practiced securities law for 14 years before starting her second career 10 years ago. She was a federal lobbyist in DC, Investment Counsel at the SEC in DC, at a major law firm and in-house. Katy will Chair the ABA Law Practice Division in 2018-2019 and has written two books on her subject matter expertise.

Michel Zelnick CPA JD MFT
Plenary speaker on Saturday morning: What To Do When Your Clients Don't Take Your Advice

Michel Zelnick, President of the Zelnick Group, is a “Business Therapist” who combines his experience as a former CPA, practicing attorney, and licensed clinical psychotherapist to repair damaged business relationships. When business partners, shareholders, or family owners are in conflict with one another, he applies his combined business and psychology skills to constructively overcome their deadlocks. Michel has advised public and private companies for over forty years, integrating business and psychological approaches to complex leadership and ownership alignment problems. He brings a deeply pragmatic perspective to the psychology of conflict and how to constructively harness conflict to make companies stronger.


Hotel Information

Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection (a Marriott hotel)
Address: 421 W B St, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 398-3100

Rooms for APFM conference attendees are available at a special group rate of $199 per night starting October 16 and ending October 21. Rooms will be available at this price until all are reserved or until September 17, 2018, whichever comes sooner. To reserve a room for any or all of the conference dates call 1-888-797-1884 and request the group rate for Association of Divorce Financial Planners/Academy of Professional Family Mediators. The hotel is centrally located in the Downtown/Gaslamp area. It’s easy to get around without a car.

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