Over 25% of the Annual Conference attendees are new members or first time attendees to the SYTA Annual Conference. Your first experience with SYTA matters. This is why you will find opportunities online and off to engage with SYTA members.
Plan ahead and review the schedule so that you can make the most of your first SYTA experience!
First time attendees may request a mentor to help them navigate their first SYTA Annual Conference. The request is included as an option in your conference registration.
New Attendee Desk
Volunteers will be available at SYTA Central to answer any questions you have as a first time attendee and/or new SYTA member.
New Attendee/First Timer Lounge
*New This Year! A New Attendee Lounge/First Timer Lounge will be set up near SYTA Registration in the Baltimore Convention Center. Come pick up your special first-timer gift and pin!
Friday, August 24, 4:00 – 4:30 PM
New Attendee Q&A
This is an open forum to ask any questions you may have about the conference. Come pick up your new attendee gift and button.
Friday, August 24, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Meet Your Mentor
Set up a time to meet your mentor. The Welcome Networking Reception will also be taking place during this time on the same floor.
Friday, August 24, 6:00 PM
Meet as a group and walk over to Transportation for the Opening Night Event
Saturday, August 25, Morning Joe, 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
A New Attendee area will be designated outside the Hilton Key Ballroom Foyer
Tables will also be designated in the right side of the Hilton Key Ballroom.
First Timer Ribbon
New Members will have a blue ribbon. We encourage you to wear this at all times.
New Attendee and Membership Committees
Look for members of the SYTA New Attendee Subcommittee and Membership Development Committees who are there to help answer any questions you may have.
New Attendee Webinars
SYTA offers a series of Webinars to help attendees prepare for Annual Conference. These are designed for first time attendees, but anyone is welcome to attend. If you miss attending these webinars live, we will post the link to the recordings.
New Attendee Tips
1. Take Advantage of Your Mentor
Mentors are assigned to new attendees to help navigate the SYTA Annual Conference. If you would like a mentor or you requested one through registration and haven’t heard from them, please contact Lisa Berretta at 703-610-9034 or [email protected].
2. Grow Your Network
There is no substitute for a quality network. It takes time to grow a personal network and if you’re advocating for your company, then community development is also ongoing. Participating in the pre-conference webinars, joining the Friday ice breaker and attending all the evening events is a “must” for new attendees. View the information and webinars on our Webinars page.
3. Get Smarter
Whether you are a buyer or a seller, professional development is a sure way to be successful both personally and professionally. The education sessions will help you do your job better while providing additional time with buyers who value rate the education sessions as their number one reason for attending conference.
4. Talk About It
Signed up for all the social media you can pre-conference, during and post-conference. Extend the value of your SYTA Annual Conference investment. Use the SYTA Annual Conference app to look for and connect with people you may already know!
5. Share Smarts
The explicit purpose of attending conferences is to hear industry experts share advice and insights into topics that your business can benefit from. Collecting actionable tips, statistics and other useful information form conferences to share with your team, clients and other groups in your organization can multiply the value of one person attending an event. If multiple people attend, the value can be even greater.