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Networking is an essential part of advancing your career. The Symposium gives you multiple opportunities to connect with others, be vocal about your interests and career goals, and build relationships with people you might not otherwise have met.

Stand Out! with Your Match  Exhibit Hall
Grand Prize Game

A fun conference game to help you make connections!  Each attendee will receive a button with a number combination on it. Your goal…find the person with the matching combination!  40 Chances to Stand Out! with Your Match and each win a $25 gift card. With more than 200+ booths in the Exhibit Hall you can gain a wealth of knowledge by just visiting with the exhibiting companies about their products and services.  Whether you’re in the market today or not, learning about new technologies, innovations and resources can truly make you Stand Out!
Will you be one of two lucky people who wins? Visit the designated booths in the Exhibit Hall to collect the required stickers and to learn about new products and services.  You could Stand Out! as a winner!

Resource Areas
Unique Sessions

Comfortably furnished areas in the Exhibit Hall provide a place to relax a little and catch up with your colleagues and friends.  Share information on the sessions you’ve attended and the many great things you are learning! Join us in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday afternoon from 4:30 – 6:00 pm for complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres, games and entertainment.  It’s the best of the Exhibit Hall – and you won’t want to miss it!
UNIQUE Sessions offer you the opportunity to participate in interactive and experiential learning.  These sessions include a wide variety of activities to ensure participants become challenged and personally engaged in the learning process.

Conference Photo Booth

Grab your friends for a picture!  Select from one of four fun and exciting backgrounds and take home a permanent keepsake of your time at this year's Symposium!

Here are a list of times that food and beverages will be supplied throughout the Symposium.  Take time to meet up with colleagues and friends, or make new ones.  At Symposium you NEVER HAVE TO EAT ALONE!

       Wednesday, May 10
       2:00 - 2:15 pm Break in the Concurrent Session Area (beverages only) 
       3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Sweet & Savory Break in the Concurrent Session Area (food and beverages)
      Thursday, May 11
       7:00 am
Continental Breakfast in the Concurrent Session Area (food and beverages)
       8:30 - 8:45 am
Break in the Concurrent Session Area
       9:45 - 10:00 am
Break in the Concurrent Session Area (beverages only)
       11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch in the General Session Area followed by Keynote Speaker (food and beverages)
       3:30 - 3:45 pm
Break in the Concurrent Session Area (beverages only)
       4:45 - 6:00 pm
Reception in the Exhibit Hall (food and beverages)
       6:00 - 7:00 pm
THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE! featuring Tim & Kris O'Shea
      Friday, May 12  
       7:00 am Breakfast Bites on the Mezzanine (food and beverages)
       8:15 - 9:00 am
Breakfast Bites in the General Session Area (food and beverages)
       11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Box Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
       1:30 - 1:45 pm
Break in the Concurrent Session Area (beverages only)
       2:45 - 3:00 pm
Break in the Concurrent Session Area (beverages only)

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 Relaxation Station
 In-It-2-Win-It Bonus Drawing

The bookstore is an important way to compliment your conference experience and continue your learning after the show. Stop by and treat yourself to a seated upper-body massage. Melt away the classic tension areas to help you remain refreshed, alert and energized throughout the day.
Top your conference experience off with a $100 AMERICAN EXPRESS Gift Card! Twenty winners will be drawn from the pool of attendees in the last series of sessions (3:00 - 4:00 pm on Friday).
More Chances to Win Fabulous Prizes
Visit the Exhibit Hall to register for fabulous prizes! Exhibitors offer many opportunities to win for simply stopping by to learn about their products and services. Make sure you drop your business card or have your badge scanned to be entered in the drawings.

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Charging Stations
 Nursing Mother's Lounge
 Food Sensitivities

Need to charge your electronic devices? Look no further than the Exhibit Hall Resource Areas. Each of the 4 Resource Areas will be equipped with a charging station to recharge your phone or tablet in record time! We know how hard it is to be a nursing mom and to find a place to nurse/pump while attending conferences. NEW for 2017, the Gulf Coast Symposium is now offering a private and secure suite for nursing mother's needs. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!
We offer REGULAR, GLUTEN-FREE and VEGETARIAN meals at the conference. Please let us know on your registration form which option will best fit your dietary needs. We will make every effort to accommodate your food sensitivites; options are limited.