- Destination: ACC Exhibit Hall
The ACC Exhibit Hall provides countless networking opportunities. Get to know your peers via the below areas within the exhibit hall.
Join other in-house counsel in the ACC Classroom to network before and after viewing live tutorials and demonstrations on the latest offerings, services, and industry technology from ACC Alliance Partners and Exhibitors. See the onsite program guide for topic listing and schedule.
- Committee Business Meetings
All ACC members are invited! You don’t have to be a committee member to attend and attendance doesn’t mean you have to make a time commitment. Participation in ACC Committees offers an opportunity to benchmark with peers and recognized industry leaders. We encourage you to attend any of the committee business breakfast or lunch meetings to learn more about the broad range of activities offered. These meetings, limited to ACC members, also present an opportunity to participate in planning future Annual Meeting programming.
- Just for New Members and First-time Attendees!
Are you new to ACC? Is this your first ACC Annual Meeting? If the answer is “yes” to either of these questions, you should attend this informal new member/first-time attendee orientation. Join your peers for breakfast, hear from ACC leaders on member benefits, view a live demonstration of ACC’s online resources, and share the first time attendee experience with other in-house practitioners. To receive more information on this event, check the appropriate box on your registration form. This event is for ACC members only. Questions should be directed to Sara Miller, Senior Director of Membership Operations, at +1 202.293.4103 x357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Women in the House (WITH) Breakfasts
The ACC Foundation’s Women in the House Initiative will host a breakfast meeting on both Tuesday and Wednesday to foster networking and help ACC members develop their careers. Tuesday’s gathering will feature a a fireside chat on the strengths that women bring to the workplace and can leverage to become general counsel and other law department leaders. Wednesday’s meeting will feature table topics with one rotation on topics essential to advance your career: informal leadership, negotiating strategies, choosing a new career path, and more.
- Other Networking Opportunities at the Annual Meeting
- In session rooms – before and after the program
- ACC Annual Meeting hotels – in the common areas (lobby and/or coffee shop)
- Nightly events – hosted by ACC chapters, committees, and Annual Meeting sponsors
Tips For Effective Networking
- Prepare yourself…
… before you head to Austin and make the most of your networking time.
- Create goals — time is limited and moves quickly once the meeting starts. Set goals and targets for yourself to maximize your time.
- Research the attendees, speakers, and sponsors — view the attendee list (available in your registration statement and in the Annual Meeting app [see below]) to see who is planning to join us at the meeting.
- Use the Annual Meeting app — engage with fellow attendees that you want to meet, or follow up with, during and after the meeting.
- Review the program schedule — determine the best times to connect with your fellow attendees. For specific networking events, arrive early. It is easier to connect with others before the room fills.
- Attend as many networking events as you can — a complete list will be made available as the event details are confirmed and shared with ACC.
- Be confident and deliver a strong first impression — make eye contact, smile, and shake hands. This may seem silly, we know, but everyone can use an occasional reminder! Want to stand out? Create a signature look (e.g., a bright accessory, blazer or glasses) to ensure the experience is a memorable one.
- Bring business cards — Hand out your business cards to those you've had meaningful conversations, and connect with your new contacts on LinkedIn and/or via email once you return home.