Networking Events

Let loose and have fun! The ACA Conference & Expo offers many opportunities to make new friends and catch-up with colleagues. Network and connect at one or all of the conference receptions.

Below is just a brief sampling of the many events held over 4 days. Keep an eye out for more details in the conference schedule (coming soon!).

Thursday, March 28th
ACA First Timer's Orientation 
2:00 - 3:30 pm - Hall B1, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Is 2019 your first ACA conference? If it is, don't forget to attend the ACA First Timer's Orientation. It's the best way to learn how to get the most out of your conference experience.

Thursday, March 28th
Expo Hall Grand Opening & Welcome Reception 
4:00 - 6:30 pm - Expo Hall, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
The perfect opportunity to network and connect with friends and colleagues as you explore the products and services from more than 100 exhibitors. Spend the evening enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beverages and entertainment. 

Friday, March 29th
NEW! ACA After Hours in the Expo Hall - NEW for 2019
4:30 - 6:30 pm - Expo Hall, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
This is a NEW opportunity for a meet and greet with exhibitors after the education sessions have closed. Swing by for light snacks, cash bar and live jazz music. You’ll even get a chance to get a personalized poem from one of our poetic artists in attendance.

Friday, March 29th
International Panel and Reception
6:00 - 7:00 pm - Panel Discussion, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Marlborough B
7:00 - 8:00 pm - Reception, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Marlborough A
Take part in a panel discussion and hear/share perspectives of counseling from other countries, then head to the International Reception to continue the conversation. 

Friday, March 29th
ACA Opening Night Celebration

8:00 - 11:00 pm – Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Grand Ballroom & Grand Salon
Join us for an evening of entertainment, live music, food and dancing!  For counselors, this is the social event of the year! (One ticket is included with registration. Additional tickets may be purchased for $45 per person, which are available onsite at conference registration.) 

Networking Meet-Ups

Come gather in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 529 and compare notes with your peers on the most popular sessions and discuss your best ACA Conference tips! 

First Timers
Friday, March 29, 10:30am – 11:00am
Saturday, March 30, 1:30pm – 2:00pm

Graduate Students
Thursday, March 28, 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Friday, March 29, 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Saturday, March 30, 10:00am – 10:30am

New Professionals
Friday, March 29, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
Saturday, March 30, 1:00pm – 1:30pm