What to Expect at the Conference

From hosted receptions to networking breaks, the conference provides ample time to connect with old friends and make new acquaintances. An event mobile app connects participants and speakers while delivering presentation materials.

Join the Planning Committee!

The conference is strategically planned by a volunteer committee led by a Conference Chair.  We encourage anyone interested in serving to please contact Stephanie Tierney: [email protected]  The committee typically meets virtually a couple times per month from February through May. It is responsible for speaker selection, conference scheduling and sponsor solicitation. 

Sunday Evening

Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. The opening reception starts at 5:30 PM and is the ideal place to greet friends and enjoy some light refreshments. The hotel features a wonderful selection of dining and entertainment options for later – the Ashburn, located off the hotel lobby, and two of Chicago’s favorites right outside the front door: The Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmick’s.


Start the day with a complimentary breakfast, to be sponsored by Carlton-Bates Company. Morning and afternoon breaks and a luncheon buffet offer time to refuel and network - and a chance to return calls and emails. We appreciate the generosity of break sponsors TDK and TDK-Lambda Americas.  All meals and breaks are included in the registration fee. A cocktail reception immediately follows at the end of the day's sessions at 5:30 PM.


Power up early at the complimentary breakfast sponsored by Catalyst Unity Solutions. The conference runs till Noon and the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to O’Hare. Better yet, stay for the optional All Industry Luncheon hosted by Women in Electronics from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sign up when you register for the conference, additional fee required.