A: Be sure to take advantage of the First Forum: Newcomers to Forum Breakfast Gathering. Reserved tables for first-timers will allow you to meet other newcomers and hear from volunteer leaders who will share tips about how to make the most of the many learning and networking opportunities at the 2016 Forum. The Opening Keynote follows in the same location.
Dinner groups hosted by AIR members provide additional opportunities for networking and are scheduled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1. Anyone can organize a dinner group, and AIR staff will help with location suggestions and reservations. Additionally, many regional and state organizations host dinner groups after their meeting at 6 p.m. on either Wednesday, June 1 or Thursday, June 2. Dinner groups are included in the online scheduling tool and can be added to your online schedule. Dinner groups meet up at the Hyatt Regency and go together to pre-arranged locations. Dinner groups are optional, and attendees pay their own tabs at the restaurant.
The AIR networking hub and Exhibit Hall also provides ample opportunity to meet and mingle with colleagues during the welcome reception, coffee and dessert breaks and lunch hour. Poster sessions are also located here. And don’t forget to visit our sponsor booths and learn about the latest tools and services for IR and related fields.
Networking Sticker Bar- All First Timers will receive a special First Forum sticker on their name badge. Then, be sure to visit the networking sticker bar in the registration area to personalize your name badge with additional networking stickers to get your conversations started.
The AIR networking game (replaces AIR Bucks) also offers opportunities to connect with our sponsors and enjoy activities in the Exhibit Hall and other conference events while earning points for prizes and awards. See your name on the leaderboard in the Exhibit Hall lounge! More information about the AIR networking game will be available in May.