The NFPW conference is later this week in Chicago. I have eagerly anticipated this conference from the moment the Illinois Woman’s Press Association presented at the Texas Conference.
I’ve always loved Chicago. Combine that with getting to see old friends and new friends, the networking, the seminars and yes, staying at the number one city club in the United States, it was hard to contain my enthusiasm.
I actually started tiny piles of items to bring with me more than a month out. If you know me, I’m the type to pack the evening before or evening the morning of so clearly I couldn’t wait!
What’s really fun about preparing for NFPW conferences is that members are quick with tips. I’ve received plenty in the past few weeks so I thought I’d share a few:
1) Chicago-area artists have turned old refrigerators into sculptures that now line the city’s popular Michigan Avenue, a.k.a. the Magnificent Mile. Why? For one reason, to help promote local efforts to recycle unneeded refrigerators and freezers. For another reason, Chicago has a history of loving offbeat art projects. For a sneak peek before you get the chance to see the funky fridges, take a look at Time Out Chicago’s Fine Art Fridges photo gallery.
2) During our time in Chicago there will be 20 historic ships from around the world coming to Navy Pier. Visitors can view the ships, board them or take short sails (tickets required). During the 1880s, Chicago was the busiest port in America. To find out more visit www.navypier.com/tallshipschicago.
3) Bring comfortable shoes with you. The Union League Club is located in the heart of what is known as “The Loop” and within walking distance of many of Chicago’s architectural treasures, including Millennium Park and Lake Michigan.
4) Bring business cards. This is your opportunity to network. If you don’t have business cards, make the small investment to print your own. You will want to share your contact information, I guarantee it. Remember to follow up with those business cards you receive in return. Check LinkedIn.com for the NFPW group and be sure to add it to your profile.
5) Ask questions. The NFPW board as well as members of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association will be in attendance.
6) Don’t wear your badge outside the conference facility. People outside of the conference don’t need to know you’re business.
Most of all, have fun!
See you in Chicago!