Attending the Conference
Do I need to register for the conference?
Yes, every attendee has to register. Please visit the Registration page to register.
How much does it cost?
$25 for students and faculty (this includes dinner, breakfast, lunch and a hotel room) and is $75 for industry professionals.
When does registration open and close?
Registration is open now and will close on Friday, September 28th.
What is the dress code for the conference?
Typically at this type of conference people dress casually. You do not need to dress like you would for a job interview, but you need to be neat, and avoid too tight or too baggy clothing. Just come and enjoy being with many other women!
What should I bring with me to the conference?
It is a good idea to bring a notebook and a pencil to take notes during the panels and workshops. You should also bring plenty of copies of your resume if you are attending the career fair. To make the most of the networking opportunities at the conference, bring plenty of business cards.
What is appropriate behavior at the conference?
It is important to be respectful and courteous of other presenters. If you attend a session or panel, please arrive before it begins and avoid opening and closing doors during a presentation. If you find yourself in a sticky situation, please wait until presenters are switching and quietly excuse yourself. Also note that noise in the hallway can be heard inside the presentation rooms.
If you are a presenter, you need to arrive at least 5 minutes before the beginning of the session to introduce yourself to the session moderator. You should not leave the session until it is over. It is disrespectful to other presenters if you do not attend the entire session.
Also, please take the opportunity to attend as much of the conference as possible. A significant amount of resources were invested in creating this conference for you as an attendee. Skipping out is not only disrespectful to the conference sponsors and organizers, but it is also doing yourself a disservice by missing out on the incredible program and networking opportunities.
How will lodging and accommodations work?
Lodging is included in the registration fee for the students and faculty. Students will be booked (up to) four to a room and faculty up to 2. During registration, students and faculty may request roommates. We will do everything we can to honor requests, otherwise we will group by schools. If you are not a student or faculty member, you should make your own hotel arrangements if needed.
Do you provide childcare or may I bring a minor with me?
At this time, we do not provide childcare. All attendees must be registered and 18 years of age or be enrolled in an institution of higher education.
As a student, what should I do to prepare for the career fair?
To prepare for the career fair, you may wish to dress in business clothes and bring your resume and cover letter. Companies participating in the career fair will be listed on the website, and it is a good idea to research a few companies you are interested in before you attend the fair.
What does a company need to do to participate in the career fair?
Companies are encouraged to participate in the MINK WIC career fair. The career fair will be held on the afternoon of Friday, October 16. Participation in the career fair is a benefit of being a MINK WIC sponsor. If your company is not a sponsor, a deposit will be required to secure your spot at the career fair. Spaces are limited so please contact Carol Spradling if you are interested in becoming a career fair participant. Companies must book and pay for their own lodging if needed, and should register any participant who would like to attend the rest of the conference.
As a registered attendee of the conference, your photo may be use for marketing purposes. MINK WIC takes photographs and video of attendees throughout the conference. These images often include attendees in talks, workshops, demos, the career fair and the big group photo. MINK WIC reserves the right to use these photographs and video in the promotion of the conference. Attendees who register for the conference do so with the understanding that photographs and video may be taken which would include them and which may be used in publications, newspapers,and other media for promotional purposes including advertising and marketing. Names of attendees may also be released to the press regarding attendee involvement in the conference.