A robust educational and training program combined with a vibrant networking and social scene alone could make for a busy TWS Annual Conference experience in Raleigh this October. But the Members Activity Center offers an engaging, fun and productive reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily conference life.
The Wildlife Society’s 23rd Annual Conference will run from Oct. 15-19 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
After making your way up the stairs from registration in the Raleigh Convention Center’s beautiful grand lobby, you and other conference attendees will reach the Members Activity Center on the second floor, situated in Ballroom B/C. Open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, the MAC is your communications hub at the TWS Annual Conference, providing an inviting community atmosphere where everyone can catch up with old friends and find plenty of networking opportunities.
Need to meet with some colleagues to discuss a project or other topic of importance? You’ll find a number of tables located within the MAC to make it easier for you to schedule meetings and take care of business while you’re at the conference.
New to the schedule this year is the Member Activity Center Networking Hour from 5-6 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday, where you can meet with other members over a cold beverage and reflect upon what you’ve learned following a full day of educational sessions.
Of course, the networking hours are also the perfect time to visit more than 75 sponsor and exhibitor booths representing wildlife businesses, organizations, universities and more who can provide information on products, services and opportunities that can be helpful to your daily work and your future.
In addition to networking opportunities, students and new professionals will find a resume review table and job board in the MAC. Based on feedback from last year’s resume review participants, the station this year will be located in a quieter area in back of the center. Open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, professional wildlifers will be available to comment and advise on how to make a resume enticing to employers. No sign-up or appointment is necessary, and anyone with a copy of their resume is invited to stop by.
Refreshment breaks bring a lot of buzz to the MAC as members swap business cards, chat with exhibitors, and students meet professionals who can provide advice and insights. Oh, and the complimentary coffee and snacks are a plus, too.
From undergrads to retirees, the Members Activity Center at the Raleigh conference boasts something for everyone. Make it your personal hub for meetings, networking and relaxation throughout this year’s Annual Conference!