A typical conference or seminar is a whole or half-day event and will feature several different speakers each presenting for 45 minutes to an hour. Students from nearby chapters are usually invited and lunch and/or refreshments will often be provided. Hosting a conference or seminar requires long-term planning, professional member support and the commitment of chapter members to make it happen.
For a workshop, seminar or conference to be a success, include a lot of people on the planning committee and delegate small tasks to many people so that the work does not all fall to one person. Assign a detail-oriented individual to work on the planning to ensure that important items (e.g., reserving rooms and notifying speakers of parking arrangements) are not overlooked. Be sure to set the date of the event well in advance, six months to one year if possible, and then publicize it early to all the student chapters in your area. The national office can provide you with mailing labels at no charge to assist you in your publicity efforts.
Conferences are an excellent opportunity to meet students from other chapters, to hear a variety of itneresting speakers and to gain experience in organizing large events. For more information on organizing a conference, see the Student Chapter Idea Book.
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