Mix, Meet, and Mingle: Your NPC19 Networking Cheat Sheet

Your networking opportunities at this year’s National Planning Conference are more expansive and more innovative than ever before. While you’ll absolutely find your traditional (and important) networking meet-and-greets,  we have been working ‘round the clock to bring you unique, and outside the box ways to network, meet, and mix with your fellow attendees this year in San Francisco.

Welcome Reception

Saturday, April 13 | 6–8 p.m.

Saturday’s Welcome Reception is open to all! Your conference badge will be your ticket, allowing you to schmooze while enjoying a drink and light hors d’oeuvres with your fellow NPC19 colleagues on opening night. We welcome your guests, but they must RSVP in advance.

Networking Breaks

Saturday, April 13, through Tuesday, April 16

Continue the conversation with a coffee, a snack, and a comfy seat during the networking breaks sprinkled between sessions. Or, take this time to explore the Exhibit Hall and charge your devices at the APA Pavilion.

FAICP Reception

Monday, April 15 | 7–8 p.m.

Fellows are encouraged to attend this year's non-induction reception, hosted at the architectural firm Perkins+Will in its San Francisco offices, which overlook the beautiful San Francisco Bay. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please note that registration is required in advance.

Fitness Activity — Yoga

Monday, April 15 | 6–10 a.m.

Don’t miss morning yoga, outside at the Presidio National Park! This hour-long, instructor-led yoga session includes transportation, yoga mats, light food, and beverages. Remember, this is about more than just yoga — beautiful morning views, crisp San Francisco spring air, and spending time with your fellow NPC19 colleagues on this active excursion can’t be beat! Please register for yoga in advance.

APA Divisions

Your APA membership provides access to communities of professionals with shared planning specialties and interests through APA’s 21 divisions. During NPC19, some of these divisions are hosting networking events, which are a great opportunity to meet division members. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, we wanted to highlight just a few of our division-hosted networking events below:

Women & Planning Division Reception

Sunday, April 14 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.

This is a very special year for the Women & Planning Division as it celebrates its 40th anniversary! Your opportunity to join this strong and engaging community of planners has arrived. This year’s reception will be held at Covo, an old printing warehouse transformed into a stylish, tri-level coworking space. Your ticket includes two drink tickets and light fare. Division members, nonmembers, and students are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please note that registration is required in advance.

Planning and the Black Community Division Business Meeting and Reception

Saturday, April 13 | 7–10 p.m.

Planning and the Black Community Division is hosting its NPC19 Business Meeting and Reception at the Museum of the African Diaspora. Participants will have an opportunity to view the museum's current exhibit: Black Refractions – Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem and network with other PBCD members and supporters. Museum ticket purchase and registration are required to attend.

AsiaSF Dinner Show

Sunday, April 14 | 6:30–9 p.m.

Brought to you by the APA LGBTQ Division, the world-famous AsiaSF restaurant is a San Francisco landmark and provides an experience that is a true celebration of human diversity. Your dinner show ticket includes your three-course Cal-Asian dinner, access to world famous transgender stars performing atop the red dragon runway bar, and a restaurant experience unlike any other. Join your NPC19 colleagues for a night of empowerment, celebration, food, and entertainment that you won’t soon forget.

Technology, New Urbanism, Housing and Community Development, and Economic Development Division Combined Reception

Monday, April 15, 2019 | 6–8 p.m.

Join four of APA's divisions for a joint reception at WSP USA, 425 Market Street. Contact tom.coleman@wsp.com for an invitation.

Top image: NPC18 opening reception attendees. APA photo by Riverview Photography.

About the Author
Nicole G. Smith is APA's interim senior content marketing associate.

March 12, 2019

By Nicole Smith