What is ADAA doing to help limit exposure to and the spread of COVID-19 at the Annual Conference?

What is ADAA doing to help limit exposure to and the spread of COVID-19 at the Annual Conference?

Susan K. Gurley, Executive Director

Susan K. Gurley, Executive Dirctor

Susan Gurley is the Executive Director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), a non-profit international mental health association. She is a lawyer and advocate with 25 years of leadership experience working in the mental health and access to justice fields, international development and legal reform, and higher education administration.

Prior to joining ADAA, Ms. Gurley held senior-level positions in several U.S. government agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Ms. Gurley served as both the Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Programs, at the Georgetown University School of Law and as an Adjunct Faculty Member. While at Georgetown she created the International Human Rights and National Security Law Certificate Programs. Ms. Gurley also worked as the Deputy Executive Director of Equal Justice Works, and as the Director of Legal Reform at the East West Management Institute (EWMI), where she managed several overseas offices, created  EWMI’s first land reform program, and expanded programming to Asia. She also ran the Association of Corporate Business Travel Executives, where she opened the association’s first office in Latin America and testified before Congress on privacy issues. 

Ms. Gurley has extensive non-profit Board experience. She has served on the Boards of Film Aid International, on the Board of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Executive Service Corps (IESC). She also serves on the Advisory Committee for Her Wealth, an organization promoting financial literacy for women. 

Over the past five years, she has served as a technical expert volunteer on capacity building projects in Cambodia, Philippines, and Tanzania. For her volunteer work, she has been awarded the Frank Pace award by IESC as well as the 2020 Innovator of the Year award by USAID’s Farmer- to- Farmer program. 

Ms. Gurley is a Phi Beta Kappa and received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a member of the Virginia Bar. Ms. Gurley has worked in 30+ countries and speaks French, German, and Hungarian. 

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What is ADAA doing to help limit exposure to and the spread of COVID-19 at the Annual Conference?

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What is ADAA doing to help limit exposure to and the spread of COVID-19 at the Annual Conference?

While ADAA is excited to get back to in-person conferences and looks forward to welcoming everyone to Denver in March 2022, we realize some many have questions or concerns over the lingering, and still evolving, COVID-19 virus and what ADAA is doing to make the 2022 conference as safe as possible.

Please be assured, ADAA is committed to following all CDC guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as state, local, and corporate (hotel) requirements to be mindful of the safety of attendees, partners, guests, and staff. Your health and safety are important to us. With that in mind, we will be implementing the below policies – no exceptions!

Any public space where other people are present may hold an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. In an attempt to limit this risk, ADAA will require the following: 

  • ADAA requires proof of vaccination or a documented religious/medical exemption (with a negative COVID test) or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of the conference dates from each conference participant (speaker, attendee, sponsor, staff, guest, etc.) to attend any conference activities. Attendees agree to provide required documentation in order to attend. Attendees understand if appropriate documentation is not provided, they will not be permitted entry into the conference and no refund will be issued. This policy applies to guests attending any conference activity. Guests must check in at the conference registration desk.
  • All conference participants are required to wear an appropriate face covering while in the conference space unless actively eating, drinking, or presenting at a session. Poster presenters are required to wear an appropriate face covering at all times.
  • Attendees who choose not to comply with these COVID-19 precautions or conference staff reminders of COVID-19 precautions may be asked to leave the conference space and will not be provided a refund.

ADAA will provide additional information on the process for providing proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results soon.

Attendees also need to take necessary precautions and following required guidelines while at the event including, but not limited to, engaging in appropriate social distance, minimizing face touching, frequently washing hands, and avoiding risk environments such as overcrowded restaurants. Attendees should not attend any ADAA event if they feel ill or had an exposure to a COVID-19 case within 14 days of the conference.

All guests of the attendees, who participate in any aspects of the ADAA conference, must follow the same ADAA COVID policies.

Additionally, due to the impact of COVID-19, room capacities may be reduced due to social distancing. All sessions and events, unless pre-registered, are on a first-come, first-served basis. To maintain required space, attendees will not be allowed to move chairs or adjust seating arrangements within conference spaces. Although the session rooms at the venue are good sizes for the purpose of educational sessions, they were not designed with physical distancing in mind. ADAA will make every effort to ensure enough space for attendees to distance themselves, but it will not be possible for all events.

If an attendee or guest falls ill or shows any symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, they must quarantine to their hotel room and notify ADAA immediately for further instruction. 

ADAA appreciates all attendees and partners for their adherence to these policies and their efforts to eliminate COVID-19 exposure. With your cooperation, we believe everyone will be able to enjoy spending time together and that the 2022 Annual Conference will be a success.

Susan K. Gurley, Executive Director

Susan K. Gurley, Executive Dirctor

Susan Gurley is the Executive Director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), a non-profit international mental health association. She is a lawyer and advocate with 25 years of leadership experience working in the mental health and access to justice fields, international development and legal reform, and higher education administration.

Prior to joining ADAA, Ms. Gurley held senior-level positions in several U.S. government agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Ms. Gurley served as both the Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Programs, at the Georgetown University School of Law and as an Adjunct Faculty Member. While at Georgetown she created the International Human Rights and National Security Law Certificate Programs. Ms. Gurley also worked as the Deputy Executive Director of Equal Justice Works, and as the Director of Legal Reform at the East West Management Institute (EWMI), where she managed several overseas offices, created  EWMI’s first land reform program, and expanded programming to Asia. She also ran the Association of Corporate Business Travel Executives, where she opened the association’s first office in Latin America and testified before Congress on privacy issues. 

Ms. Gurley has extensive non-profit Board experience. She has served on the Boards of Film Aid International, on the Board of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Executive Service Corps (IESC). She also serves on the Advisory Committee for Her Wealth, an organization promoting financial literacy for women. 

Over the past five years, she has served as a technical expert volunteer on capacity building projects in Cambodia, Philippines, and Tanzania. For her volunteer work, she has been awarded the Frank Pace award by IESC as well as the 2020 Innovator of the Year award by USAID’s Farmer- to- Farmer program. 

Ms. Gurley is a Phi Beta Kappa and received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a member of the Virginia Bar. Ms. Gurley has worked in 30+ countries and speaks French, German, and Hungarian. 

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