Conference Week Has Arrived! by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Greetings, AEA365 readers. Elizabeth DiLuzio here, Lead Curator for the blog. If you’ve somehow missed the excitement, let me be the first to tell you: AEA’s first in-person conference since the pandemic began is kicking off tomorrow! The week opens with two and a half days of pre-conference workshops. Then, on Wednesday, the conference officially begins. Here are some tips to ground you as you plan for the week:

Hot Tips

  • Be reasonable. With hundreds of sessions, there is no way you will be able to see and do everything. Use the searchable agenda to find a few sessions each day that speak to your interests. Consider using keywords and/or searching by TIG in order to narrow down your options.
  • Utilize Twitter. It’s an excellent way of sharing your learnings with the AEA community, both those present at the conference and those who were unable to attend. Use the hashtag #Eval22, and don’t forget to tag AEA (@aeaweb) in your posts! Our Saturday post will curate some of the most popular takeaways of the conference according to the Twitterverse.
  • Take time to meet new people. While it’s hard to not fill your calendar with people you know, challenge yourself to attend at least one networking event as well. Beyond the opportunities listed on the website, many local affiliates are also hosting socials throughout the week.
  • Don’t forget to breathe. Schedule in some quiet time. Get out for a walk or a snack in the city. Pace yourself so that you don’t spend the rest of the month recovering!

I am looking forward to seeing those of you who will be in attendance this year! If you see me around, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself.

Happy Conference Week!

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