First-Time Conference Attendee Networking Events

Conference Mentors

The Conference Mentors are a group of NASFAA volunteers who want to help make your first NASFAA conference a positive experience. You are invited to join the Conference Mentors and other first-time conference attendees for activities and networking throughout the conference. The deadline to sign up for a conference mentor has passed.

While you are at the conference, be sure to connect with your mentor, first-timers, and all other attendees you meet with the conference app.

Monday, June 24

2:00 - 3:30 PM
Southern Hemisphere IV/V

First-Time Conference Attendees' Kick-Off Networking Event

Meet the NASFAA National Chair, task force members, your Conference Mentor, NASFAA staff, and other first-time attendees. We will spend the hour getting to know one another through activities and present how to get the most from your NASFAA Conference. If you plan to attend, bring a large stack of business cards so you can stay connected with those you meet after the conference.

This is what a participant had to say about last year's event: "Attending the NASFAA first-time attendee session provided me with the chance to meet other financial aid professionals and a mentor with similar interests.  The relationships I made there have proven to be invaluable during the conference and afterwards."

4:00 - 5:30 PM
Pacific Hall
(meet outside Pacific Hall)

Opening Session With Keynote by Steve Pemberton

This is a great time to buddy up so you do not have to sit alone. We will meet outside Pacific Hall about 20 minutes before the session begins.

5:30 - 7:15 PM
Atlantic Hall

Opening Reception and Exhibit Hall

Join other first-time attendees and your colleagues as we kick-off the 2019 NASFAA National Conference with food, drink, and networking. Look for table signs, Reserved for First-Timers.

7:15 PM


This is a great time to get outside of the conference and enjoy dinner with new friends and mentors.

Tuesday, June 25

7:45 - 8:30 AM
Atlantic Hall

Coffee & a Pastry

Meet up with your mentor and new friends in the Exhibit Hall before heading to sessions. Look for the table signs, Reserved for First-Timers. Also, you may want to take advantage of the information provided in the Learning Lounge.

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Sessions with the Mentors

Meet up with mentors outside of the session rooms to sit together.

12:15 - 1:45 PM
Pacific Hall

Networking Luncheon

If you did not attend sessions with your mentor, this would be a great opportunity to sit and eat together. Look for the table signs, Reserved for First-Timers. Learning Lounge sessions will also happen during this time lunch, so mark your calendar accordingly.

(Please note - lunch will be served 12:15-1pm. Networking and visiting with exhibitors will continue until 1:45pm.)

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Afternoon Sessions with Mentors

Once again meet up with mentors outside of the session rooms to sit together.

3:00 PM

Enjoy Disney

Recap your day with your new friends. Head out with your mentor or other conference friends to enjoy the attractions.

Wednesday, June 26

7:45 - 8:30 AM
Atlantic Hall

Coffee & a Pastry

You are more probably comfortable by now but eating breakfast with new friends is much more enjoyable, so find the mentors. Look for the table signs, Reserved for First-Timers.

12:45 - 2:30 PM
Pacific Hall

Awards Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting

There is nothing like going into a large banquet hall and trying to find a table so we have that covered for you. If you want to sit with your new friends, look for the table signs, Reserved for First-Timers.

6:00 PM


This is another great dinner opportunity out of the conference setting.

Thursday, June 27

7:45 - 8:30 AM
Pacific Hall

Coffee & a Pastry

Things are winding down, so this might be a good time to say your goodbyes and collect one more round of business cards before heading off to your last conference session.

We hope you enjoyed your first NASFAA Conference and look forward to seeing you at future Conferences. Keep in touch with your mentor and others you met throughout the conference. 

First-Time Attendee Events are sponsored by EdSouth.

Publication Date: 6/18/2019

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