First-Time Conference Attendee Networking Events

Approximately 400 first-time attendees join the Conference each year. For 2015, we have put together a special program for our first-time attendees, with a focus on fun and networking. Check out the schedule below:

Sunday, July 19

Feel Great... with Zumba© (Foster 1 - Level 2)

7:00am – 7:50am 

This 50-minute Zumba fitness class will be led by a certified Zumba instructor who also happens to be a member of the NASFAA staff. If you've never tried Zumba, don't worry, it's easy to follow and hard to stop. We will wrap up with plenty of time to get showered and changed before the next event.

First-Time Attendee Kick-off Networking Event (Celestin BC - Level 3)

10:00am – 11:00am 

There is no formal agenda, just a great opportunity to make some new friends. Light snacks and prizes. A drawing will be held at 10:30 am for all who attend.

Discover the First-Time Attendee Lounge (Elite Hall - Level 1)

4:45pm – 6:30pm 

During the evening reception, look for the First-time Attendee Lounge in the exhibit hall. Special prizes for those who help us solve the NASFAA puzzle!

Dinner with First-time Attendees and Conference Mentors

Time TBD 

For those interested, you can sign up to have dinner with other first-time attendees and Conference Mentors. Sign-up sheets will be available in the First-time Attendee Lounge.

Monday, July 20

Enjoy Continental Breakfast Together (Elite Hall - Level 1)

8:00am – 8:45am 

Follow the signs for First-Time Conference Attendees to find the reserved tables inside the exhibit hall.

Conference Luncheon (Empire Ballroom - Level 2)

12:45pm – 2:15pm 

If you signed up for the Conference Mentor program, plan to attend the luncheon with your mentor. Be sure to designate a meeting place ahead of time so you can find each other before entering the very large ballroom!

Visit Exhibit Hall and Play ScanTrivia

2:15pm – 3:15pm 

During this hour of free-time after lunch, Conference Mentors and First-time Attendees will visit the exhibit hall together. The First-time Attendee Lounge will also be open.

"Un-wine-d" at the First-Time Attendee Lounge (Elite Hall - Level 1)

4:15pm – 5:30pm 

The lounge is clearly marked on the exhibit hall floorplan. Special prizes for those who help us solve the NASFAA puzzle!

NASFAA Parade

6:30pm – 7:30pm 

The parade will begin in front of the Hyatt and end at the French Quarter. If you’d like to walk with other First-Time Attendees and Conference Mentors, meet at 6:15pm by the grand staircase in the Hyatt lobby so we can walk the parade route together and go to dinner in the French Quarter afterwards! The parade starts promptly at 6:30pm.

Dinner with First-time Attendees and Conference Mentors

Time TBD 

For those interested, you can sign up to have dinner with other first-time attendees and Conference Mentors. Sign-up sheets will be available in the First-time Attendee Lounge.

Tuesday, July 21

Enjoy Continental Breakfast Together (Elite Hall - Level 1)

8:00am – 8:45am 

Follow the signs for First-Time Conference Attendees to find the reserved tables inside the exhibit hall.

Conference Luncheon (Empire Ballroom - Level 2)

11:30am – 1:30pm 

If you signed up for the Conference Mentor program, plan to attend the luncheon with your mentor. Be sure to designate a meeting place ahead of time so you can find each other before entering the very large ballroom!

Dinner with First-time Attendees and Conference Mentors

Time TBD 

For those interested, you can sign up to have dinner with other first-time attendees and Conference Mentors. Sign-up sheets will be available in the First-time Attendee Lounge.

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