First-Time Attendees: You're Not Alone!
Attending a conference for the first time can be overwhelming. ICE is a friendly and welcoming community. We’re happy you’ll be joining us!
To help you prepare, review the information below. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Katie Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Expect
Learn from Previous First-Time Attendees
Read the Credentialing Insights article, Meaningful Connections, Actionable Learning: First-Time Attendees on the ICE Exchange, to hear from two recent first-time attendees.
We encourage you to attend the First Time Attendee Reception Tuesday, November 6 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Hosted by ICE's Program Committee, this reception is designed to encourage networking among other first-time attendees and provide an opportunity for you to meet ICE's volunteer leaders.This is an invitation-only event for first-time attendees.
We also encourage you to attend these other events:
How to Prepare
Plan your Schedule and Download the App
The majority of attendees state they attend the ICE Exchange for the educational opportunities. Select the sessions you want to attend ahead of time, and mark them in the mobile app. (Mobile App information will be shared a month ahead of the conference).
Come Prepared to Network
Bring your business cards and come prepared to meet your fellow credentialing professionals during educational sessions, meals in the Innovation Hall, and networking events.
Consider volunteering. This provides a structured way to meet other attendees.
Know that you are not alone! Approximately 30% of attendees are first-timers too.
Make Time for Yourself
We all know conferences can be tiring. Make sure to schedule some down time for yourself. Take advantage of ICE's Recharge Zone to take a break from your learning.