Although the NASFAA Conference is still a few months away, we want to let you know about a few special events designed especially for first-time conference attendees to help kick-start your conference networking experience, in addition to the unparalleled opportunities to meet colleagues, visit exhibits, and learn from education sessions.
Once you’ve read through the descriptions below, please RSVP using this quick online response form. Tickets to the Titanic exhibit and to Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional details below.
We hope you participate in at least one of these special networking events and look forward to seeing you in July! If you have any questions, please email Membership Services.
First-Time Conference Attendee Networking Events
*additional fees apply.
Sunday, 6:45 – 8:15 am: Participate in the Fitness Walk
If you like to take brisk walks, why not walk with your colleagues and begin your networking early! The fitness walk will be very informal. There are no additional fees to participate. We’ll meet at the NASFAA On-Site Registration Counter (in the ARIA) at 6:45 am, make introductions, answer any questions you have about the conference, give you a special gift just for showing up, and then take a one-hour walk up (and down) the Las Vegas strip together. While reservations are not required, we would like to know how many people will be joining the walk, so please complete the online response form by July 1.
Sunday, 9:30 – Noon: Enjoy “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at the Luxor Hotel
The epic story of the “ship of dreams” is revived through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Viewed by more than 20 million people worldwide, the Exhibition is among the highest attended in history. Regular tickets to the Exhibition are $32 plus taxes, but NASFAA can get a group discount for $21 per ticket. The Luxor is roughly a 20-minute walk from the ARIA. We’ll meet at NASFAA’s On-Site Registration Counter at 9:30 am in the ARIA and walk over together to see the exhibit, which includes artifacts from the Titanic such as whistles, a picture frame, and an unopened bottle of champagne. To participate, please buy your ticket(s) by July 1 through NASFAA’s online store.
Sunday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Discover the Lounge for First-Time Attendees in the Exhibit Hall
With nearly 3,000 attendees, the conference can be daunting, especially during the opening reception! So, we are setting up a special lounge in the exhibit hall just for first-time attendees. The lounge will be clearly marked on the floor plan, so please visit the lounge to meet other first-timers, NASFAA staff, board members, state and regional presidents, and others. While you are in the lounge, check out the bulletin board, leave a message, get your photo taken, participate in a NASFAA video, and win prizes!
Sunday, 7:30 pm: Visit the Dueling Piano Bar in the New York New York Hotel
As with the fitness walk, this is a casual, informal gathering for anyone who wants to enjoy the dueling piano bar at New York New York, just a short walk from the ARIA. There is no cover charge and no drink minimum, but it’s a fairly small bar so seating is not guaranteed. If you came to Las Vegas by yourself, this is a great way to enjoy a night out with colleagues. The pianos start dueling at 8:00 pm. Please complete the online response form to let us know if you are interested.
Monday, 8:00 – 8:45 am: Enjoy the Continental Breakfast Together
When you enter the ARIA’s Ironwood Ballroom for breakfast, look for “First-Time Attendee” signs on the tables. NASFAA staff, members of Board of Directors, and others will be on hand to meet and greet you.
Monday, 4:20 – 5:30 pm: “Un-wine-d” with Your Colleagues at the First-Time Attendee Lounge
As with the Opening Reception, this reception will feature a First-Time Attendee Lounge. The lounge will be clearly marked on the floor plan, so please visit the lounge to meet other first-time attendees, NASFAA staff, board members, state and regional presidents, and others. While you are in the lounge, check out the bulletin board, leave a message, get your photo taken, participate in a NASFAA video, and win prizes!
Monday, 7:00 - 8:30 pm: Attend Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil*
Are you eager to see a Cirque du Soleil show while in Las Vegas? Let a couple hundred of your NASFAA colleagues keep you company! NASFAA has purchased a limited number of tickets to Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil at a 15% discount off published rates. Tickets are being sold to conference attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Sorry, sold out.