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Networking/Community Building Opportunities


This Committee develops and executes networking opportunities to help build a sense of community among ATALM attendees.

In addition to activities planned by the Committee, all Council members serve as ambassadors throughout the conference and ensure everyone feels welcome and appreciated.

Committee members are Ryan Flahive, Alicia Da Silva, Cynthia Chavez-Lamar, Alana McGrattan and Brian Vallo.

Four activities will take place at ATALM2017:

First-time Attendees:
To ensure a welcoming environment, people identifying as "first-time" attendees on the registration form will receive a welcoming message from ATALM, an invitation to an orientation breakfast on Wednesday, October 11, and name badge ribbons recognizing them. Council members, ATALM board members, and experienced conference attendees will be present at the breakfast to offer guidance. Walter or Jim will welcome them at the opening ceremony and encourage everyone to engage with the first timers throughout the conference.

Common Ground Breakfast/Luncheon Roundtables: These focus groups enable attendees to connect with each other around a common theme and may take place at breakfast or lunch. One day may be topical and the other regional. Every table in the ballroom will have a number that facilitates finding the discussion. An index will be in the program book.

Mentorship Program:
The purpose of the Mentor program is to connect new or emerging professionals with mentors. ATALM will add a page to its website in support of the program as a means of identifying and connecting mentors to mentees.

Ryan Flahive, Alicia Da Silva, Alana McGrattan and Brian Vallo are serving on the Mentor Committee.

ATALM Listening Sessions
These 60-minute listening sessions are intended to engage conference attendees in addressing concerns in their fields, what’s needed in order to improve performance, and sessions to be featured at ATALM2018. The session will begin with a presentation of the findings of the 2017 Needs Assessment survey. Planning pads will be available, along with sticky notes. Careful notes need to be taken and provided to ATALM to help guide future programs. The sessions will cover the core functions of ATALM. When feasible, recommendations will be incorporated into ATALM's Operating Plan.

ATALM 2018 Conference

October 22-25, 2018
Mystic Lake Center
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN 55372
952-445-9000