The Senior Leadership Conference (SLC) features more networking activities than any other Alliance for Strong Families and Communities conference. Make connections and build enduring professional relationships by leveraging formal and informal opportunities.

Maximize Your Networking Opportunities

Long-lasting connections can be made when you least expect it. Take advantage of these little moments between formal networking activities:

Conference Registration Desk

Introduce yourself to others while waiting in line to pass the time and meet someone new right away. Commiserate about your travel, rave about the weather, or compare notes on the workshops you plan to attend.

First-Time Attendee or 50th Anniversary Reception

Plan to mix and mingle at these receptions. Don’t be a wallflower, work the room! We’ve asked everyone to wear something with their organization's logo to serve as a conversation starter. Do you have your 30-second elevator speech ready?


You can't meet new people if you sit with those you already know. Find an open chair, and start the conversation by asking if you can join the table. Have a seat, introduce yourself, and start chatting. 


Introduce yourself to the people sitting next to you. Since you’re all at the same session, you automatically have a common interest. 


Introduce yourself to the person in front of you while you fix your cup of coffee.

Remember to wear your conference name badge, which identifies you as part of the SLC group. Starting conversations is easy, as everyone is having a shared experience.

First-Time Attendee Reception

Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5-6 p.m.

All first-time SLC attendees are invited by the conference planning committee to this special reception. Meet the committee, establish valuable professional contacts, and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. We ask that returning attendees not participate in this reception to give those joining us for the first time an intimate networking experience.

50th Anniversary Reception

Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6-7 p.m.

Celebrate SLC's 50-year history, mingle with conference attendees, and make new connections while enjoying some light refreshments. It’s the perfect way to unwind from your travels and kick off the conference. We encourage everyone to wear their agency apparel (shirt, hat, jacket, lapel pin, etc.) to both of our opening night receptions. This will be a great way to see which organizations are represented at the conference and be a good conversation starter.

Mix & Mingle Happy Hour

Sunday, Feb. 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join your colleagues at the hotel bar for some informal networking.

Dine Around

Sunday, Feb. 25 at 6:45 p.m.

Don’t eat alone! Enjoy a great meal, gather with colleagues, and form new friendships at this networking opportunity. Each group of up to 10 attendees will head to a different restaurant. When you arrive, see the conference registration desk to sign up.