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AWRA 2018 Annual Water Resources Conference 
November 4-8, 2018
Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
Cost:  TBD

 “Ask Me About…” Program
Monday / Nov. 5 – Wednesday / Nov. 7

What is the “Ask Me About…” program?

  • “Ask Me About…” is AWRA’s way of encouraging fun and informal networking between conference attendees.

How does the “Ask Me About…” program work?

  • Conference attendees wear “Ask Me About…” ribbons on their nametags. During conference breaks, lunches, and networking sessions, attendees are encouraged to initiate conversation with anyone wearing “Ask Me About…” ribbons. The “Ask Me About…” ribbons function as conversation icebreakers, resulting in interesting and fun discussion among conference attendees. 

How do I participate in the “Ask Me About…” program?

  1. Pick up an “Ask Me About…” ribbon at the conference registration desk. Fill in the blank on your ribbon with a word(s) that provides a clue to your work, background, or professional interests. Attention-grabbing, witty, interesting, yet professional ribbon content is highly encouraged. 
  2. Wear your “Ask Me About…” ribbon on your nametag throughout the conference.
  3. Engage in conversation with conference attendees by explaining your “Ask Me About…” ribbon. 
  4. For the benefit of the novice conference attendees, experienced attendees should share conference tips, provide professional advice, and facilitate networking with others.  

Student Attendee Conference Orientation
Monday / Nov. 5
4:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Led by Michael Campana
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Past President, American Water Resources Association
Technical Director, AWRA

This conference session is open to students and other first-time professional conference attendees.  The goal of the session is to teach students how to “design” their own conference experience and learn proper networking techniques that will offer the opportunity to experience all that the AWRA National Conference has to offer.  Additionally, each session attendee will be asked to spend a moment or two and describe what expectations each has from the conference and the moderator will assist in realizing these expectations.There is no charge for this orientation.

Opening Networking Reception
Monday / Nov. 5 
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

All registered conference participants are invited to attend the Opening Networking Reception. Come greet old colleagues and make new friends.  The Poster Session participants will be at their posters to answer any questions during the reception.

New this year, the conference committee is excited to begin a new tradition – the “Waterways Art Silent Auction” to raise funds for the Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each AWRA state section has been asked to donate an “art” item to the silent auction, which will be held during the opening reception.

This event is included in the Registration Fee.   Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk.  The cost of an additional ticket is $40.00.

AWRA 5K Fun Run 
led by Bill Battaglin 
Tuesday / Nov. 6 
6:30- 8:00 AM

All registered participants are welcome to join “really-past-President” Bill Battaglin on a beautiful, casual, and entertaining run/walk. This running/walking tour will take in sites around the hotel.  Distance will be approximately 5 Km. 

A donation of $20 is asked for this event (and swag will be provided), the proceeds of which will go to the AWRA Richard A. Herbert Scholarship Fund.  Please sign up prior to the conference using the web site, or find Bill on Monday.  Run/walk will start at the hotel lobby.  Please be ready to go by 6:25 AM.

“Bounty of the Chesapeake” Off-Site Event
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Tuesday / Nov. 6 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost $59.00

Tuesday evening, November 6 you are invited to join us to enjoy the “Bounty of the Chesapeake” at The Lord Baltimore Hotel from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. You will have an opportunity to learn about the work of non-profit water organizations from the Mid-Atlantic region, in addition to networking with other professionals in the field. 
Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided in fitting with the theme, along with a cash bar – you’ll find out why this speakeasy-themed bar is famous for its craft cocktails! 

Transportation is included between Marriott Camden Yards and Lord Baltimore Hotel. First pickup at the Marriott will be at 6 p.m., and the last bus will depart Lord Baltimore at 8:50 p.m.; you’re welcome to stay later, but transportation after that will be on your own. 

Come join us for a fun, delicious, and educational evening – what else could you ask for?

AWRA Awards Luncheon
Wednesday / Nov. 7
12:00 Noon – 1:15 PM

AWRA takes a moment during this annual event to recognize leaders and members in the field of water resources.  In addition to presenting these awards, this year we will also welcome our guest speaker from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), a national association comprised of 52,000 individuals, water and wastewater utilities, and service providers.  With a Human Resources background, AWWA’s 2017 President Brenda Lennox has an eye on workforce development and the future of the water industry.  She will share a few of the initiatives AWWA has launched to train and develop future water professionals.  

This event is included in the Registration Fee.  All Conference participants are invited to attend.  Additional tickets for accompanying guests may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost of an additional ticket is $45.00.

Student and Young Professional Career Night:  
Panel of Professionals Discussion and Networking

Wednesday / Nov. 7
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Moderators:  
Kate Hutelmyer,
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Wilmington, DE
Jillian Young, Water Resources Center, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Panelists:
James M. Eisenhardt,
RK&K, Wilmington, DE
Janet L. Bowers, Chester County Water Resources Authority, West Chester, PA
Juni Alam, GP, Newark, DE
Tess Walter, National Wildlife Federation, Annapolis, MD
Noel Gollehon, USDA, Beltsville, MD

Our Young Professionals / Student event is open to all students, even non-conference participants, free of charge.   A panel of water professionals will reflect on their experiences in the water industry and take Q&A, followed by a speed net-working social event and hors d’oeuvres reception.  Participants are welcome to bring resumes!

Networking Opportunities held throughout the Conference

AWRA Conversation Corner
Open throughout the conference and free of charge to everyone!

The American Water Resources Association’s mission is to foster communication across all disciplines involved in the water resources community thereby creating lasting connections which will help forge solutions to our nation’s ever increasing water resources challenges.   AWRA along will set aside a space – “Conversation Corner” – to engage your colleagues in meaningful dialogues.  Internet connections will also be available to check email.

AWRA Employment Opportunity Board
Open throughout the conference and free of charge to everyone!

Is there an opening at your place of employment?  You can place an announcement on the Board.  Are you currently seeking a new job?  You can put a copy of your resume on the Board and have some for distribution.