Making the Most of the Conference

Making the Most of the Conference

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HIPPY USA Applauds Congress for Approved Federal Spending Bill

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 30, 2018) – Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), an evidence-based program that works with families in the home to support parents in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher, applauded Congre...

 

How to Get the Most out of the HIPPY USA Conference

Our VERY IMPORTANT TIPS:

  1. Attend your state/regional meetings on Monday evening! Remember to bring any items requested by your state director/regional contact along with any questions about your HIPPY program and/or the National Leadership Conference.
  2. Don’t get wrapped up in Attraction Distraction! San Antonio is one of the top vacation destinations and the city will be celebrating its 300th anniversary while we are there. HIPPY USA hopes that you have an opportunity to enjoy the city. However, the main reason you are in San Antonio is for the National Leadership Conference, so please schedule your sightseeing outings during times that the conference IS NOT in session.
  3. The Omni Colonnade San Antonio staff is available to make your conference experience as positive as possible. Please remember to exhibit professional courtesy during your stay. HIPPY USA staff is always available to assist you with any issues that may arise concerning your accommodations.

Conference Preparation:

  1. Watch your inbox and make sure to read and respond (if appropriate) to updates and requests from the National Office. HUSA’s goal is to provide you with as much information as possible so that the Leadership Conference will be a positive, productive and quality experience.
  2. The conference attire is business casual. Pack to dress comfortably. Conference days are long days, so you want to be comfortable.
  3. Dress in layers, because the hotel and meeting room temperatures vary. It is also a good idea to check the weather before leaving.
  4. Read through the session descriptions before the conference starts, so you know what your options are.
  5. Bring your business cards. If you don’t have business cards, you might consider a free business card service like Vistaprint, or printing up some of your own. Also, a directory of conference attendees will be included in the conference booklet.
  6. Try to save a little room in your suitcase, in case you buy items from the HIPPY Store, or receive door prizes or items from exhibitors.
  7. Be prepared for varying meal options. HIPPY USA will provide the Avima Gala dinner, a continental breakfast on Monday (4/9) and lunch each day. Breakfast and dinner will be on your own the remaining days, but here are the options at the hotel, as well as nearby dining.
  8. Map it out! If you’re planning on venturing out after the conference sessions, be sure to research the area.
  9. If you plan on sharing a room with someone, make sure you are compatible. There is nothing more annoying than a roommate who likes to wake up early and exercise while the other likes to sleep in! 
  10. If you aren’t bringing a computer or tablet with you, remember to bring paper and a writing utensil in case you want to take notes during a session.
  11. Like the HIPPY USA Facebook page follow HIPPY USA on Twitter for updates leading up to, during and after the conference! Use these hashtags: #30YearsofImpact, #HIPPYworks, #HIPPYLeadership2018.

While You’re There:

  1. Keep your name badge with you for all conference activities. You may want to keep your event tickets in the conference name badge holder for convenience.
  2. Try to get out of your shell and talk to new people as much as possible—including chatting with new people during breaks and finding people to eat lunch and dinner with, if at all possible.
  3. Never turn down an invitation. Someone might invite you to sit with them at lunch, to go out to a restaurant after sessions are over, to come to their brainstorming meeting—these are great opportunities to get to know people!
  4. Visit the exhibitors and make the most of their resources.
  5. Complete your workshop evaluations. The link will be emailed to you immediately after your sessions. (You may also complete these once you return from the conference.)
  6. If you have a computer, device or smartphone with you, follow HIPPY USA on social media (Twitter & Facebook)! Use the following hashtags with your posts and tweets: #30YearsofImpact, #HIPPYworks, #HIPPYLeadership2018. Sometimes good conversations happen through social media.
  7. Remember to share your contact information. (It can be found in the back of the program booklet.)
  8. And when you get someone else’s information, make a note about where you met them, or what you talked about, so you’ll remember who they are.
  9. Your feedback is important to us! Please complete your workshop evaluations at the conclusion of each session.
  10. Take off your name badge when you leave the hotel or conference center.

Professional Development Hours

  1. The conference will provide at least 14 professional development hours.
  2. Participants’ completed Professional Development Worksheet (found in the conference booklet) will serve as certification. Workshop participants will receive certification stickers, categorized by Professional Development Area, from the presenters at the conclusion of each session.

After Conference:

  1. Overall conference evaluations will be emailed. Please be sure to check your inbox when you return. Your comments help us make improvements to future conferences.
  2. Follow up with people whose contact information you’ve taken or noted in the conference booklet.
  3. Check the HIPPY USA conference web page for presenter handouts. This is especially useful if you have to choose between two sessions that are happening at the same time.