National WIC Association

2015 Biennial Technology and Program Integrity Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits

September 28 - 30, 2015

Registration Closed

About the Conference

NWA 2015 Biennial Technology and Program Integrity Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits – WIC to EBT by 2020 – Empowering WIC Consumers, Protecting WIC Integrity

September 28 – 30, 2015 | St. Louis, MO


The National WIC Association (NWA) will host its 2015 biennial Technology and Program Integrity Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Grand hotel located in downtown St. Louis, MO. Details for this conference are pending and will be posted on this site as they are made available.

This biennial Conference is an opportunity for you to network, share and learn about technological and program integrity innovations and directions for WIC’s future. The United Sates Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) will collaborate with NWA to incorporate the EBT Users Group sessions into the conference program.

To assist you with your travel requests, Debra Whitford, Director of the Supplemental Food Programs Division, FNS/USDA, has provided NWA with a travel letter to help facilitate your travel approvels. Click here to download and print this letter.

This Conference will provide options for improving WIC’s service delivery, and consumer and partner base at the state and local levels, enhancing Management Information Systems (MIS), addressing the importance and value of quality data collection, as well as systems and information security.  The Conference will give WIC agencies knowledge of the latest in MIS and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) technologies and help equip agencies to meet WIC’s Congressionally mandated EBT implementation deadline of 2020!

The Conference will also focus on all aspects of Program Integrity including fraud, waste, and abuse. The Conference will discuss the imperative of MIS/EBT implementation as a “real time” tools for managing WIC Program Integrity, the latest in best practices, and innovations.

We are expecting over 450 attendees this year. Among them will be key decision makers representing the USDA/FNS, State, ITO, and Local WIC agencies, as well as vendors who participate in WIC and who provide WIC technology and program integrity services to the WIC Community.

Don’t Miss this Exciting Opportunity to:

  • Become a partner to advance WIC to EBT by 2020;
  • Learn the latest information and technological advances to improve the daily service delivery to our clients;
  • Gain knowledge to successfully implement technologies that best suit your Agency;
  • Collaborate with WIC colleagues, IT and other vendors from across the nation;
  • Learn what’s new in federal requirements, now and in the future;
  • Discover Best Practices ready to implement in your State or Local Agency.

A tentative Program Agenda will be posted to this Conference site in the coming weeks. We have opened the conference registration and hotel links for travel planning purposes.

 If you wish to speak to someone in our office, you may contact us on 202-232-5492. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this upcoming Conference.

NWA looks forward to seeing you at this year’s Conference and Exhibits.

Hotel Information

The Hosting Hotel
Marriot St. Louis Grand Hotel - Our Host Hotel Room Block is SOLD OUT!!! See Alternate Hotel information below.

Formerly The Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel
800 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63101
Reservations No. 1-877-303-0104 - (Please say NWA 2015 Tech. Conf. when calling)
Main No. 314-621-9600
Hotel Reservations
You can make your hotel room reservations by calling 1-877-303-0104 or call the hotel directly at 314-621-9600. Identify yourself as a NWA 2015 Technology Conference attendee to receive the negotiated conference rate. You may also make room reservations on-line via a special hotel web-site created for this conference.

Please note that any personal or special request must be made at the time your room reservation is being made or at the time of checking in.

Alternate Hotel

The Holiday Inn St. Louis
811 North Ninth Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
Tel No. 1-314-421-4000

Please note that the Cut-off date for making room reservations is September 14, 2015. Also, any personal or special request must be made at the time your room reservation is being made or at the time of checking in.

Hotel Room Rate
NWA has negotiated a special room rate of $115 per night for a single/double plus a nightly room tax currently set at 17.93%. This tax rate is subject to change without notice. Individuals wishing to reserve an Executive Suite, the nightly room rate is $149 plus tax.

The cut-off date for these rates is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. After this date, reservations will be subject to the hotel’s prevailing room rates.

NWA encourage you to make your room reservations early to ensure that you will be in the hosting hotel at the guaranteed 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.

These group rates will be offered three days prior to and three days after the conference dates.
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. Please note that this is the hotel’s policy and is non-negotiable. Cancellations must be received by the hotel three days prior to your actual arrival date to avoid having the first night's room and applicable taxes charged to your credit card.
Hotel Check-In/Out Policy
Hotel check-in is 3:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm. Should you arrive before the scheduled check-in time, the hotel may arrange to have your bags stored until a room becomes available. Late check-out can be requested upon arrival.
Guest Parking
The hotel offers on-site parking for all registered guests. NWA has negotiated a special parking rate of $25.00 per night for our conference attendees.
Airport/Hotel Transportation
Lambert – St. Louis International Airport is located approximately 15 miles (a 20 minute drive) from the Renaissance Grand Hotel and is serviced by several major airlines within the U.S. For more information about Lambert - St. Louis International Airport and local transportation options visit their site at

Shuttle and taxi cab services are available at the airport.

Exhibitor Prospectus

We invite you to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor at our 2015 Technology and Pogram Integrity  Conference and Exhibits.



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.

Exhibit Dates/Hours:

Monday, September 28, 2015

7:00 am - 12:00 noon --- Exhibitor Move-in and Set-up
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm --- PM Break / Networking & Exhibits
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm --- Reception / Networking & Exhibits

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
7:30 am - 8:30 am --- Breakfast / Networking & Exhibits
10:00 am - 11:00 am --- AM Break / Networking & Exhibits
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm --- Lunch
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm --- PM Break / Networking & Exhibits

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
8:00 am - 9:00 am --- Breakfast / Networking & Exhibbits
10:00 am - 10:300 am --- AM Break / Networking & Exhibits
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm --- Exhibitor Teardown & Move Out


Exhibit Booth Packages:
Gold Level -  $5,000
Silver Level -  $3,500
Bronze Level -  $2,500
Standard Commercial/For-Profit  - $1,500
Standard Non-Profit - $1,000

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

For questions or to exhibit at this conference, please contact Dale Greenberg, the Association's Conference Manager, at 410-491-2654 or at

Speaker Presentations

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Monday, September 28

Tuesday, September 29

Wednesday, September 30