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Receptions, Networking and Social Events

As always, the program has been designed to afford multiple networking/socializing opportunities for all conference attendees. Please take advantage of them! These include sponsored coffee breaks and general receptions. There will also be a wi-fi lounge, multiple sitting areas, and plenty of space for meeting up with friends and colleagues. In addition, the special activities below have been planned to promote networking.


New member/new attendee/ambassador reception

Program Chair Eden King and Membership Chair Mo Wang invite all new SIOP members, first-time conference attendees, and Ambassador–Newcomer pairs to attend this reception, with a short presentation entitled “How to Get the Most From the SIOP Conference.” This session is held at 5:30. It will start with a short introduction to the conference with many helpful tips and pointers and will be followed with some great networking and mingling opportunities (accompanied by some appetizers and cocktails!). This is an excellent way to meet some other new people at the start of your SIOP conference adventure as well as to meet some seasoned SIOP leaders who will be there to welcome you.

Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 to 6:30 pm; Grand Ballroom J (4th Level)


All-conference welcome reception

Be sure to kick off the eve of your 2013 conference right at the all-conference welcome reception. Reunite with your conference pals and make some new ones.

Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Grand Ballroom A-F (4th Level)


SIOP Foundation awards presentation and dessert reception

Wednesday, April 10, 8:00 to 10:30 pm (Invitation only)


Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs social hour

Thursday, April 11, 6:00 to 7:00 pm; Café Bar (1st Level)


International members reception

Thursday, April 11, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Grand Ballroom H (4th Level)


Evening reception and Top Poster display

Thursday, April 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Grand Ballroom A-F (4th Level)

Top Posters on display 6:00 - 6:50 pm


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee and allies reception

Friday, April 12, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Grand Ballroom J (4th Level)


Closing reception

SIOP members attending the closing plenary at the Houston annual conference this year are in for a treat. The speaker is from a different model. He is Father TJ Martinez, the founding president of the highly successful Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Houston. A captivating speaker with boundless enthusiasm, Father Martinez has become a popular figure in Houston and last year was named a major new influencer by Paper City, which tracks people who are having an impact in Houston. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this party to end this conference right.

Saturday, April 13, 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Grand Ballroom G-L