Retailers, sales representatives, and manufacturers will find new education opportunities at The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)‘s 2018 Marketplace & Academy, to be held June 10 to 13 in New Orleans. In addition to more traditional plenary and breakout education sessions, full conference attendees will have access to:

  • Lightning Learning (three to five great ideas in 15 minutes)
  • Consultation Stations (paid thirty-minute one-on-one consultations on succession planning, store merchandising, social media strategy, or lease negotiation)
  • OpenSpace Sessions (interactive, participant-driven discussions on subjects like industry trends, the aging population, in-store events, STEM and Q4 survival)
  • Certification Workshops (intensive pre-conference trainings that earn attendees the Certified Play Expert credential or a Certificate in Social Media Management)

In addition to professional education offered at Marketplace & Academy, ASTRA offers year-round on-demand and scheduled education opportunities, including certifications, webinars, and downloadable resources. For information about education activities at ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy or to register, visit