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It's April!

Top 3 Things To Do Now

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  1. Register for the meeting and book your housing & travel! More than 10,000 members from around the world will descend on Downtown Atlanta, and our hotel room blocks go quickly so book now through the AOM Housing Bureau to get the best deals and availability. (You are not required to stay in an AOM hotel but they are the most convenient for quick access to your sessions.) Oh, and don't forget to review our Atlanta travel page and download the Atlanta travel flyer before you leave for awesome tips on where to eat and what to see! 
  1. To maximize your time, be sure to stay in or near the hotel where your Division sessions are being held. Our Hotel Accommodations website page shows where each Division, Interest Group, and Committee are holding their sessions to make it easier to choose!
  1. Read your division newsletters and emails, they're full of 'must know' meeting information! Are you a Student member? Your division is most likely offering student consortium Professional Development Workshops (PDW's) that are invaluable and geared directly to you! Read your emails for details and sign up as soon as you can, they fill up first!


It's May!

Plan, Plan, and Plan Your Agenda Before You Leave!

  1. Identify your goals first, then when the Online Program goes live in May you'll be able to use it to help you maximize your time by browsing and creating your customized, printable agenda BEFORE YOU LEAVE. There are 1,900+ sessions to pick from so choices can be difficult. The key is to prioritize and have a Plan B (and C). Eliminate over scheduling by focusing on your primary division(s) first.  You'll receive an e-mail announcement when the online program becomes available, so stay tuned!
  1. All sessions are open to ALL paid registrants unless otherwise stated, so read ALL session details in the Online Program very carefully as there are some "select" workshops that require a separate registration due to space limitations or pre-work assignments. If you don't read any "select" pre-registration requirements you are welcome to attend without any additional sign up. Doctoral and faculty consortiums typically require separate registration and fill up quickly, so SIGN UP EARLY!  Divisions typically begin advertising these ahead of the online program going live so, again, ready your division emails carefully so you're prepared!
  1. Don't miss out on free food and getting to meet others from your division or interest group! Simply search the Online Program specifically for your division's socials and welcome events! These are geared to you and that's where you'll meet like-minded colleagues to begin building your network!
  1. Presenting? Bring your laptop!  Also helpful: review the Presenter Guideline link found on the homepage of the Online Program.
  1. Job Seeker? Sign up for a Placement account and schedule an onsite interview with prospective employers.  It's important to schedule ahead of time as they are not able to accommodate walk-in requests.
  1. Bring lots of business cards to share!
  1. Make sure to schedule some downtime in your agenda. You never know who you'll meet or when you'll want a break, and Atlanta is a great city to see. It will be the perfect balance to your otherwise insanely busy schedule!


It's July! 

Top 5 Things To Throw In Your Suitcase!

  1. Leave the tuxedo at home. Business casual attire is both acceptable and preferred. Be comfortable!
  1. Bring a good pair of walking shoes. With sessions across three properties, you'll want to be sure you're as comfortable as possible.
  1. August in the southern US or not, a jacket or sweater is helpful. As with any public space, air conditioning and climate control can run amok, so an extra layer can keep even a temporary chill at bay.
  1. Allow extra space in your luggage for take-home materials and souvenirs, particularly any reference books and giveaways you pick up in the Exhibit Hall!
  1. Grab-and-go snacks, mints, and a water bottle carried daily in your conference tote bag can be life savers when all that scholarly work leaves you famished and parched because you over scheduled yourself with so much to attend and so little time to eat! 


You've Arrived!

Top 5 Things To Do When You Arrive In Atlanta!

  1. Check in using the self-check-in kiosks. They're located throughout the hotels and Convention Centre, and are a quick and easy way to retrieve you name badge and conference materials while avoiding the crowds.
  1. Get your bearings!  Review our Atlanta travel page before you leave and then pick up an area map when you arrive. Maps are available at the onsite Member Resource Center and the AOM Information Booth, or pick one up at your hotel.
  1. Download the Mobile Meeting App to create a personalized meeting experience at your fingertips!
  1. Wireless connections are available throughout the meeting properties, and Internet cafes with laptops are also be available! Power up your devices and get connected.
  1. #AOM2017; Get the most up-to-the-minute information from the AOM social media channels. Spread the word about the meeting, and be sure to share all the photos you take!


Top 6 "Must Add" Places & Events To Include On Your Agenda!

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  1. Set time aside to visit the Exhibit Hall. It's open Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Monday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Don't miss out and snatch up some great reference materials and fun giveaways! Located in the Hyatt Regency, Grand Hall (LL2).
  1. The New Member Orientation & VIP Networking Event Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Hyatt Regency, Hanover Hall C/D (LL2) next to the Exhibit Hall. This is a great way to meet your division representatives and other first-time attendees. Plus there's a cool game with prizes attached!
  1. The All-Academy Networking Breakfast & Award Ceremony on Sunday from 8:30-11:00 am in the Marriott Marquis, Atrium Ballroom A/B/C.   A wonderful morning of member to member recognition and a scrumptious, free continental breakfast.
  1. The All-Academy Reception on Sunday from 7:00-10:00 pm at The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta.  It's a short 10 min. walk from all conference properties!
  1. The President's Farewell Gathering on Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Marriott Marquis, Imperial Ballroom, Salon A,B!  A great way to wrap up an exciting week!
  1. If you have questions or need any assistance, visit the Member Resource Center in the Hyatt Regency, Grand Hall (LL2) at the entrance to Exhibits, or the AOM Information Booth located in the Hyatt Regency, Ballroom Level (LL1), Centennial Ballroom Foyer. Both have you covered! Open Friday through Tuesday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


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