Whether you’re new to NACE’s annual conference or this is your 10th time attending, here are things that will make this hectic and fun week easier.
Download the free app and schedule your time. Set up your conference itinerary and use your smartphone or tablet to be your daily guide. The free conference app, sponsored by Altria, offers information on all sessions, plus it links you to NACE’s social media so you can get updates and reminders for conference activities. You’ll find a map of NACE’s space in the Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas to help you find session rooms. To download this app, go to your device’s app store and search for NACE17. Need a little help using the app? Come to a free demonstration, 3 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at NACE Connect in Paris Las Vegas’ Continental Ballroom.
Join your colleagues on social media. Tweet, Instagram, Facebook…share your conference experiences with fellow attendees and with those who couldn’t attend this year. Use hashtags: #NACE17 and #NACEOrg. Look for special Facebook Live sessions this year and add your comments/questions to the feed.
Here’s the weather forecast. The average temperatures in Las Vegas in early June are typically in the mid- to upper-90s during the day and lower 70s at night. (However, bring a light jacket or sweater: session rooms may be chilly.)
Pack your business casual clothing. Business casual is the recommended dress for the event. For women, that means slacks, khakis, or capris, blouses, polo shirts, dresses. Take a look at Pinterest for ideas. For men, khakis, dress pants, dress shirts, polos. Pinterest offers some ideas. Okay, but not necessary: suits. Avoid t-shirts, jean shorts, athletic wear.
Connect with your colleagues (and more) in the NACE Connect area! When you’re not in a concurrent session or listening to a keynote, drop into the NACE Connect area in the expo hall to network with colleagues or recharge your mobile devices. Here are some things you’ll find there:
- Recharging Lounge
- Mobile App Demo (3-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 6)
- NACE17 Solution Labs
- Dinner Sign Ups
First time at the conference? Don’t miss the first-timers session sponsored by Enterprise. Spend an hour networking over breakfast with other first timers. Get tips from attendees who have navigated the conference before on how to make the most of your conference experience.
Join the Totally ‘80s Dance Party! Pull out your parachute pants. Pump up your jacket with giant shoulder pads. Think big color. Feathered hair. Fingerless gloves. Over-sized tops. Stretchy-stirrup pants. Be totally tubular…at the party, Thursday, June 8, from 9 – 11 p.m., sponsored by Symplicity.
Identify attendees by their badges. Career services professionals wear blue badges; university relations and recruiters, red; business affiliates, purple; expo hall representatives, green, and NACE staff, black.
If the shirt is fuchsia or black, it must be Tuesday. Questions? Need help? NACE staff is easily identifiable by the color of their shirts.
- Wednesday: Red
- Thursday: Lime green
- Friday: Turquois
Everyone wants a ribbon? Of course they do! We have the usual ribbons for folks who are speaking, exhibiting, and sponsoring. We’re also offering ribbons to alumni of professional workshops (MLI, RLI) and social media participants (follow me and bloggers). If you’ve updated your profile, we have a special ribbon for you. New this year: NACE Community Member ribbons. Old this year: A wide variety of fun, like Have a NACE Day and NACE Nerd.
And if you can’t attend #NACE17—or you’d like to share some sessions with staff back in the office, NACE will Facebook Live the following sessions (all PDT time):
Tuesday, June 6
1:30 p.m. NACE17 Innovation Challenge
Wednesday, June 7
10:45 a.m. First-Destinations Survey: Class of 2016 Outcomes and Protocol Update
1:30 p.m. Class of 2016: Career Ready or Not?
2:45 p.m. Bridging the Gap With Disability and Career Services to Creative Innovative Strategies //SMARTtalk//
3:15 p.m. Legislative Update for the Field
4:30 p.m. Transforming the Trajectory: African American Males Navigating Career Services //Campfire Conversation//
Thursday, June 8
1:30 p.m. Career Consequences of Unpaid Internships
3 p.m. The NACE Principles and Ethical Practice
Registration is open. Pick up your registration packet. Tuesday, June 6, registration is open from noon until 8:30 p.m.; and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. An information desk will be open from 7 a.m. to noon on Friday.
Don’t leave your room without these things: Room key, electronic device with the NACE17 app and your schedule loaded, and conference badge (you can’t get into any sessions or events without it). Consider carrying a light sweater. Session rooms may be chilly.Have a great conference!
And, if you’re interested in joining the NACE blog team…ask for Claudia Allen at the registration desk!