Networking events are the social connections of the conference. According to Harvard Business School, 65 to 85 percent of all jobs are filled because someone knows someone else. The activities of the AEC Networking Committee provide opportunities for attendees to have some fun, catch up with fellow attendees, and meet new contacts in the industry.
There are three main activities planned each year by the Networking Committee:
- The First Timer's Orientation includes both a pre-conference webinar and an on-site presentation. This event assists conference attendees in navigating the conference program and activities to make the best of their time at the meeting. While it is geared toward those new to the conference, it is open to all attendees.
- Now in its fourth year, the Ergo Quiz Bowl is rapidly growing in popularity. The ultimate ergo challenge, teams compete in their knowledge of ergonomic facts, fiction and folklore in this fast-paced quiz game. Open to all attendees to participate or attend, this event draws large crowds and includes two to three rounds held over the course of two conference days.
- The Networking Event is the culmination of the Networking Committee’s efforts to bring conference attendees together. Each year, we seek out a local venue and create an opportunity for attendees to gather in a relaxed atmosphere of sharing and networking. Now in its fifth year, this event has been growing in popularity.
A Night at the Opry
6:15 p.m. departure from the hotel
Join your colleagues on Tuesday, March 17 as we travel to the Grand Ole Opry for an evening of country music!
You will pay the discounted rate of $44. The price includes admission to the Grand Ole Opry, transportation and a light snack. Scheduled to appear: Larry Gatlin, Charlie Worsham, The Willis Clan, Nashville Irish Step Dancers and more to be added. For more details, please visit the Opry website.
The Opry presents the new stars, superstars, and legends of country music at the historic Grand Ole Opry House. Unlike a typical concert, the Opry presents eight or more artists on each show, giving the audience a sample of each artist's musical style. Only the Opry ... there's nothing quite like it anywhere else!
Today, people in every corner of the globe recognize the Grand Ole Opry as the show that made country music famous. How it earned that reputation is quite a tale.
It began on the night of Nov. 28, 1925, when an announcer on Nashville radio station WSM introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson as the first performer on a new show called "The WSM Barn Dance." Now, nearly 90 years later, the show is still going strong. Along the way, it has launched countless country music careers and led the way for Nashville to become Music City.