PDA Letter Article

More Opportunities to Grow Your Network

by Rebecca Stauffer, PDA


This year’s PDA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., offers more opportunities for networking than in previous years. In addition, based on feedback from attendees of previous Annual Meetings, the meeting organizers have altered the schedule of networking events, which includes the following slate of activities.

Monday, March 19

Grand Opening Celebration

Join your colleagues to celebrate the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall. Meet with exhibitors to learn about the latest technologies and talk to poster presenters. Refreshments will be served. 5–6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20


Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

After the first full day of sessions, take some time to network in the Exhibit Hall with fellow attendees. 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

Havana Nights Closing Reception

The closing reception has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday night. Grab your sundresses and sandals, guayabera shirt and fedora and celebrate the end of the meeting Cuban style! Join your fellow attendees for a Cuban-themed closing reception. Enjoy a night under the stars with live entertainment, specialty cocktails and Cuban-inspired bites. Attendees of the 2018 Manufacturing Intelligence Workshop are also invited to join the festivities. 7–10 p.m.


In addition, attendees can take ad- vantage of refreshment breaks and networking luncheons Tuesday and Wednesday for additional opportunities to reconnect with existing col- leagues and make new contacts.