First-Time Attendees


Welcome to the 2019 AIR Forum! As a first-time attendee, we want to ensure you have a seamless and successful experience at the conference. Indeed, this year's event will be our best yet—offering numerous opportunities to learn and network. Here, we've put together the top six activities first-timers will want to know about to make the most of this year's Forum.  

Six steps for a successful first-time experience at Forum


Join us at the 1st Time @ Forum Session   

Tuesday, May 28 
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM 

Attend this event to meet like-minded professionals and volunteer leaders who will share tips about how first-time attendees can make the most of the conference, including networking tips, an overview of the Forum schedule, and creative ways to use the Forum app to make lasting connections.


Get VIP Seating at Forum’s Opening Breakfast and Keynote  

Wednesday, May 29  
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM  

Your seat is reserved along with other first-time Forum attendees for this buffet breakfast designed to get you ready for the day. Then sit back and enjoy the opening keynote by Tricia Wang


Join New Friends for Dinner 

Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29 
6:30 PM 

Member-hosted dinner groups are a great way to wind down after an exciting day at Forum. These relaxed gatherings offer an opportunity to share the sessions you enjoyed most and to simply get to know others in the field from all over the globe. 

Note that many regional and state organizations host dinner groups on Wednesday, May 29, or Thursday, May 30. 


Take a Tour of the Exhibit Hall 

Maximize your in-between-session times by visiting the Exhibit Hall, AIR’s networking hub. From poster sessions to  sponsors showcasing the latest IR tools and services, the Exhibit Hall is a must-see stop during your visit.   


Get to Know Others Through Gamification … and Get Rewarded!

Attendees who connect with our sponsors and participate in activities in the Exhibit Hall and other conference events will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win prizes. Look for more details about this fun and engaging activity sometime in May.

Learn More

Visit our FAQ for answers to all your Forum-related questions. Also, check out tips for a great first experience at the Forum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Need More Help? 

Send an email to the Forum team at or call us at 850-391-6345.