National WIC Association

2019 Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits

April 7-April 10, 2019



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About the Conference


We are pleased to announce that the 2019 NWA Annual Education and Training Conference and Exhibits will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, April 7 – 10, 2019. The venue will be the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, located in Baltimore’s beautiful Harbor East neighborhood. Surrounded by monuments, museums, and historic and charming neighborhoods, Baltimore is brimming with cultural, culinary, entertaining and historical attractions and activities to experience.

This Conference will offer an excellent opportunity to acquire new skills and to network with an estimated 1,000 of your peers, and colleagues along with exhibitors who provide WIC related products and services for your participants. The conference will also offer an opportunity for attendees to hear from USDA officials and to dialogue on relevant updates and challenges that the program faces.

For the rest of the conference, you will have the opportunity to choose from 30 general and concurrent sessions that is sure to expand your professional skills and knowledgebase to equip you to face coming WIC challenges and to take advantage of current and future WIC opportunities.

Registration will be on Saturday, April 6th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm The conference will formally begin at 9:30 am on Sunday, April 7th. There will be meet and greet events for state agency staff Sunday morning before the conference starts. The conference will end at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10th.

For questions, please contact the NWA National Office at 202-232-5492. We'll be happy to assist.

Letter of Support from USDA FNS:

Sarah Widor, the Director of Supplemental Food Programs Division, sent a letter to all state agency WIC directors supporting the 2019 Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits. This letter confirmed that WIC Program funds may be used to fund travel expenses and registration fees for this conference.

Hotel & Transportation

The Conference Host Hotel

The 2019 NWA Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD April 7 - 10, 2019. The hotel address is: 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

To make your hotel reservations online, please use the following link: https://book.passkey.com/go/NationalWICAssocRoomBlock.

You can also make your hotel reservations by calling (410) 385-3000 and identifying yourself as a 2019 NWA Annual Conference attendee to receive the negotiated conference rate. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONFERENCE HOTEL IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. The overflow hotel is the Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor. More details below.

Hotel Room Rate

NWA has negotiated a special room rate of $189.00 per night plus a nightly room tax currently set at 15.5%. Note that this tax rate is subject to change without notice. 

The cut-off date for these rates is March 15, 2019. After this date, reservations will be subject to the hotel’s prevailing rates.

We encourage you to make your room reservations early to ensure that you will be in the host hotel at the guaranteed room rate. Upon checking in, each guest will be asked to provide a valid government issued ID along with proof to which the room reservation was made.


Method of Room Guarantee

The hotel requires a major credit card to guarantee your room reservation, and first night's deposit (including taxes) payable at the time the reservation is being made. Room cancellations must be received at leaset 72 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid being charged the first night's room rate and applicable taxes.


Hotel Check-In/Out Policy

Hotel check-in is 4:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm. The hotel can arrange to have your bags stored depending on room availability. Late check-out may be requested upon arrival.


Guest Parking

The hotel offers on-site valet parking for all registered guests at a daily rate of $45. On-site parking is also available for $8.50 per hour or $26 daily. Note, rate may change without notice.


The Conference Overflow Hotel

The 2019 NWA Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits overflow hotel will be Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD April 7 - 10, 2019. The hotel address is: 1000 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

To make your hotel reservations online, please use the following link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1553001873379&key=GRP&app=resvlink.

You can also make your hotel reservations by calling (443) 923-4000 and identifying yourself as a 2019 NWA Annual Conference attendee to receive the negotiated conference rate. 

Hotel Room Rate

NWA has negotiated a special room rate of $185.00 per night plus a nightly room tax currently set at 15.5%. Note that this tax rate is subject to change without notice. 

The cut-off date for these rates is March 26, 2019. After this date, reservations will be subject to the hotel’s prevailing rates.

We encourage you to make your room reservations early to ensure that you will be in the host hotel at the guaranteed room rate. Upon checking in, each guest will be asked to provide a valid government issued ID along with proof to which the room reservation was made.

Airport/Hotel Transportation

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront  and the Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor are accessible via Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and is about 12 miles, from the airport.

Shuttle and taxi cab services are available at the airport. The current estimated taxi/cab fare is $45 (one way). Please note that the hotel does not provide shuttle service.

SuperShuttle is offering a discount on ground transportation for NWA Conference attendees. Please use the following link for a 10% discount on your ride: https://group.supershuttle.com/group-page/nwa-2019-annual-convention/

Agenda

View the agenda-at-a-glance.

View the conference agenda.

Letter of Support from USDA FNS:

Sarah Widor, the Director of Supplemental Food Programs Division, sent a letter to all state agency WIC directors supporting the 2019 Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits. This letter confirmed that WIC Program funds may be used to fund travel expenses and registration fees for this conference.

Speaker Presentations

Sunday, April 7

Monday, April 8

Tuesday, April 9

Wednesday, April 10

If you don't see a presentation, we are either awaiting permission or the presenter did not give permission.

 

Posters

Please find the posters here

Attendee List

Click here to view a current copy of the Attendee Listing.

Please note that this attendee listing is sorted by state and last name.

Download the Conference Mobile App

NWA is excited to announce that we will be using a mobile app at the upcoming Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits in Baltimore! At the conference, you’ll be able to use the app on your smart phone or tablet to:

Build a personal schedule

Share your photos and comments

Rate sessions and speakers
Help us improve the conference next year by rating individual sessions and speakers. You can give each event a 1 to 5 star rating, leave comments, and answer event-specific questions, all within the app. This information will be shared with the presenters and be used to help us evaluate proposals for next year.

Get around
Use interactive maps of the exhibit hall and meeting spaces at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront as well as area attractions.

Connect with other conference attendees
Did you just meet someone and wish you got their business card? Do you have a follow-up question for an exhibitor? Do you want to meet later with a person you met at the conference? Go to “Attendees” in the app and search for them. See their social media and other public contact information. Then message them in the app to connect!

…and more!

The app is available for download from the Apple Store or Google Play store. You are able to download the app now and set it up before you arrive at the conference. You can create a user account and sign in from one or multiple devices. Perhaps you don’t use a smart phone but have a tablet at home or work that you could bring to the conference in order to use the app.

Click here for instructions on getting and using the app.

Exhibitor Prospectus

We invite you to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor at our 2019 Annual Education and Networking Conference and Exhibits.

VIEW EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS

VIEW INTERACTIVE FLOOR PLAN

Get a discount on your booth by becoming a Sustaining Member of the National WIC Association! Sustaining members receive deeply discounted exhibitor rates for all NWA conferences. There are six membership tiers to choose from, and all of your employees can take advantage of the benefits. Sustaining Membership benefits can be found in detail here. To receive the NWA Sustaining Member exhibit rate, you must be a sustaining member at the time of submitting the exhibit contract/application and at the time of the conference itself. To become a sustaining member or to renew, contact Emily Gilcher, egilcher@nwica.org, 202-232-5492, with questions. 


Why Exhibit?

If you are seeking to introduce your products and services or an alternative promotional strategy to a new or existing audience, this conference offers several affordable options to meet your marketing needs.

By exhibiting and/or sponsoring at this conference, you will:

  • Create new customer and client relationships with WIC decision makers from across the nation;
  • Strengthen and build upon existing customer and client relationships;
  • Increase visibility for your company/organization in a targeted market;
  • Promote and market your products and services;
  • Reach prime target market segments for your products and services; and
  • Demonstrate your commitment to promoting quality public health nutrition for women, infants and children.

Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors have first choice to all available exhibitor spaces.


Exhibit Dates/Hours:

Sunday, April 7, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm --- Exhibitor Move-in and Set-up
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm --- Exhibit Show Opens

Monday, April 8, 2019
7:30 am - 8:30 am --- Breakfast / Networking & Exhibits
10:30 am - 11:30 am --- AM Break / Networking & Exhibits
12:30 pm - 12:00 pm ----- Lunch on your own
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm --- PM Break / Networking & Exhibits

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7:30 am - 9:00 am --- Breakfast / Networking & Exhibits
10:30 am - 11:30 am --- AM Break / Networking & Exhibits
11:30 am - 5:00 pm --- Exhibitor Teardown & Move Out
 

For questions or to exhibit at this conference, please contact Dale Greenberg, the Association's Conference Manager, at 410-491-2654 or at dale.greenberg@conferencedirect.com

 

Conference Survey

Let us know what you thought of the conference! Take our conference evaluation survey.

The NWA Annual Education and Networking Conference & Exhibits was held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. 

Conference Survey Link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4957234/2019-Annual-Conference-Post-Event-Evaluation