Networking & Social Events at World Congress 2017

World Congress attendees have several opportunities to meet and learn from their peers in casual and unique settings. With the exception of NCMA Celebrates, the events listed below are complimentary with your full conference registration.


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Opening Reception

Sunday, July 23
5:00pm–6:30pm • Festival Hall A

Celebrate the kickoff of World Congress 2017 and the opening of the exhibit hall! Join us for the annual ribbon-cutting, then gather in the exhibit hall to enjoy a drink and hors d’oeuvres, visit the sponsors and exhibitors, and begin networking with your fellow attendees!



Virtual Chapter Meetup

Sunday, July 23
5:30pm–6:00pm • NCMA Booth, Festival Hall A

Have you always wanted to be involved in an NCMA chapter, but aren’t located near one? Come check out the NCMA Virtual Chapter—a chapter without borders! Anyone who is interested in the Virtual Chapter should plan to stop by the NCMA booth in the exhibit hall to discuss the 2017–2018 program year goals and new program initiatives.



Newcomers Welcome Meetup 

Sunday, July 23
6:00pm–6:30pm • Room 324

NCMA invites first-time World Congress attendees and new NCMA members to meet NCMA leadership and staff and hear how you can make the most of your time at this four-day education event. Afterward, attendees are invited to the NCMA Collaborate Kick-off reception starting at 6:30pm.




NCMA Collaborate Kick-Off

Sunday, July 23
6:30pm–7:30pm • Lakeview Terrace Rooftop

Enjoy a drink and hors d'oeuvres while learning about NCMA's newest membership benefit. Officially launching at World Congress, NCMA Collaborate is a social networking and resource site where members can ask questions, share ideas, and discuss challenges. See a demo and try it out for yourself!

Visit the Collaborate site to learn more. Member login required.



Annual Community Service Project

Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25
During Exhibit Hall Hours • Festival Hall A

NCMA has partnered with Blessings in a Backpack, a leader in the movement to end child hunger, for this year's World Congress Community Service Project. Stop by the exhibit hall to get involved.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Appian, ContractWorks, Distributed Solutions, Inc., iT1 Source, M-Files, and National Joint Powers Alliance.

Visit each of the their booths to gather backpack items and help us reach our goal of assembling 1,000 backpacks for the children of Chicago!



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NCMA Celebrates!

Monday, July 24
6:30pm–10:30pm • Untitled Supper Club
Shuttles depart from the Sheraton Grand Chicago at 6:15pm and 6:45pm

All World Congress attendees are invited to a night of tomfoolery at Untitled, Chicago’s underground hot spot. This 18,000 square foot venue boasts a speakeasy/supper club theme, with the largest American whiskey collection in the world! Guests will dance the night away and celebrate the roaring 20s. Gatsby-inspired attire is encouraged!

This event sells out annually as spots are limited – be sure to purchase your tickets early. You must be over 21 years of age to attend.

Single: $75; Couple: $110; CMLDP Alumni: $25; CMLDP Students: Complimentary

*Note: A couple cannot be two members or registrants. Must be spouses or significant others.
*Register for NCMA Celebrates via the World Congress registration portal below. Already registered for World Congress? Click on “make a change to existing registration” to add on this event. CMLDP: Enter your promotion code to receive the discount. E-mail meetings@ncmahq.org if you need your code reissued.


CMLDP Alumni Community Book Discussion

Tuesday, July 25
1:30pm–2:30pm • Room 317

WC17_bookcoverJoin the Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) Alumni Community for a book club discussion on Micromessaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words, by Stephen Young. Feel free to join whether you’ve had a chance to read the book or just want to learn more about it!

Read the summary and purchase the book here.


Explore Chicago

Take a night off and explore all that Chicago has to offer. Navy Pier has many restaurants and attractions within walking distance, or check out popular architectural landmarks such as the iconic Chicago “bean” in nearby Millennium Park. 

Visit www.choosechicago.com to learn more.


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