Conference Mentor Program

All first-time delegates are advised to follow The New Colleague Track, which provides excellent opportunities for New Colleagues to connect with each other, their mentors, the Mentoring Committee, and the rest of the conference delegation.  Click here to download New Colleagues Tips.

Conference Mentoring matches a veteran arts professional with two new members who wish to build a substantial connection with each other at the conference. This relationship can then develop if the mentor and colleague decide to continue the match.

When you register online for the conference you can Sign Up as a New Colleague. If you have already registered for the Conference, please contact Carrie Stephens. We'll email you important information to prepare you for the conference, and further details on the events listed below. We'll also pair you up with a mentor/new colleague who you'll be able to connect with leading up to the conference and during the conference week.

New Colleague Pre-Conference Webinar | Thursday, August 2, 10:00 am

Join us for this general information session about the Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference, complete with valuable before-you-leave tips. 

New Colleagues Orientation | Monday, August 27, 2:15 pm

Everyone is welcome at the New Colleagues Orientation, especially new conference attendees. Connect with fellow peers as well as seasoned professionals through informal discussions on setting attainable goals, where to start, and how to maximize your conference experience.

Dine Arounds | Monday, August 27, 7:00 pm

When exhibiting hours are over for the day, Dine Around the city of Las Vegas! Take advantage of the opportunity for a sit-down meal with other conference delegates and a taste of the area's local cuisine.

The Commons Walk-Through | Tuesday, August 28, 10:00 am

Experience what WAA’s exhibit hall is all about before it officially opens; you’ll get a chance to view how other organizations have maximized their displays and exhibit spaces with creativity and branding.

WAAhts Next? | Thursday, August 30, 5:00 pm

Looking for a place to get your questions answered? Look no further than WAA's Mentors and Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs. They’ll share some of their tips and ideas for having the most effective conference experience, what to do after the conference, and ways to keep your WAA connections strong over the next year. Bring your questions and ideas for this interactive brainstorm!

Hospitality Events | Monday, August 27 - Thursday, August 30

On Monday check out the Opening Reception, the first social event that kicks off the conference. The Annual Luncheon on Wednesday is where you can enjoy a sit-down meal with your peers and enjoy a peek at extraordinary new talent. Friday's closing event wraps up the week as we look forward to the Los Angeles Conference in 2019.