Mark your calendar! The 2016 Carnegie Conference will be here before you know it, and we wanted to answer some common questions we get about the event’s who, what, when, where, and why. Although we might be a bit biased about how fantastic this program is (check out our speakers), previous attendees have raved about it too:
“Thank you for something different. Refreshing.”
“One of the best conferences I’ve been to. Very relevant information from within and outside of higher ed field. And I didn’t feel like I was getting a sales pitch, just useful info I can take back to my campus.”
Q. There are tons of education conferences throughout the year; what makes the Carnegie Conference so different?
A. Our agenda and content are unlike any other conference in our space. Presentations are carefully curated to ensure they are timely, appropriate, unique, and on the cutting edge. Unlike many conferences, we do not do a call for proposals. Rather, we develop our schedule based on attendee feedback, requested sessions, and industry experts’ recommendations; it does not include sessions you may have seen listed on several other conference agendas. One of our biggest efforts is to bring non-education experts in and leverage their knowledge and expertise for the education perspective.
Q. Who should attend?
A. Anyone focused on recruitment marketing at an education institution will find this program beneficial. From big-picture concepts to tactical advice, we fill our agenda with valuable and inspiring content and speakers. Also, this conference is big enough to network but small enough that you won’t feel lost in the crowd.
Q. Is this a user conference for Carnegie clients only?
A. Absolutely not! Everyone is welcomed. This conference does not focus on Carnegie services or products but is an overall integrated marketing program that is open to all recruitment marketing professionals. If you are curious about what Carnegie has to offer, join us Friday afternoon for lunch.
Q. What meals are included?
A. Full bellies = active minds. You won’t see much “on your own” for meals—we’ve got you covered! Both mornings include a continental breakfast. We have full buffet lunches Thursday and Friday. And Thursday night we include a fantastic buffet dinner, amazing dessert spread, and open bar.
Q. What about fun?
A. Wednesday night we have a networking happy hour to meet and greet fellow attendees, speakers, and the Carnegie team. Then Thursday night is an event you won’t forget! Backstage entrance into EPCOT, full dinner, open bar, private patio viewing of the nighttime spectacular IllumiNations, and great people. Plus, throughout the conference we know you will find the presentations—and the presenters—engaging, insightful, and fun.
Q. So when/where is it?
A. January 28–29, 2016, at the Yacht Club Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida.
Q. What does it cost?
A. Keeping costs down is one of our top priorities. The registration fee is $645 if you register by November 1, 2015, $745 thereafter, a rate well below many conferences. Also, we were very exacting with our hotel choice based on the per-night room rate. We are happy to continue to offer a $209/night rate at a luxury Disney hotel. This rate is also honored for three days before and after the conference for your extended enjoyment.
Q. Okay, I’m definitely coming! How and when can I register?
A. Here and now! And follow the conference back channel on Twitter: #CarnegieConf
Have more questions or want more information? Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or me directly at email@example.com. I’m a fanatic of both Carnegie and Disney, so I’ll be able to answer all of your questions! You can also follow me on Twitter @meghdale or on Google Plus as Meghan Dalesandro.
updated March 6, 2015