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Get Ready to Refine & Refresh with ACES 2021 Online

Get Ready to Refine & Refresh with ACES 2021 Online

April 19, 2021 By Sophia Lyons ACES News
Registered to join us at ACES 2021 Online? Watch your email the week of April 19 for an invitation to access Refine & Refresh: ACES 2021 Online. This email will include a link to the event with login information.

ACES 2021 Online will connect editors around the country, offering chat options in sessions, meetings with sponsors, private calls, break time activities and social media events. Attendees will have opportunities to grow professionally, network, connect with friends and meet new #edibuddies. ACES Communication Manager Kim Lawyer and Training and Education Manager Ashly Stewart have spent months building a virtual conference that will meet attendees’ real-life needs.

“From meditation to pet playtime to scrumptious snacks, we hope you’ll take a screen break with us,” Lawyer said. 

The Pathable platform hosts a “take a break” area, which will feature virtual meditation sessions, guided yoga poses, and a cooking corner with recipes. People with pets can connect with each other in the pet play area, and anyone can bring the conference outside with a #stetwalk — a real life walk, usually outside, where participants take photos and post on social media using the hashtag. 

For those not feeling up to organized group activities, the platform will have a lounge space to chat and hang out with other attendees. The platform activities will have written and video instructions as well as live support and answers to frequently asked questions available for interested attendees. 

Attendees can visit a virtual exhibit hall with live sponsor booths, network through the platform’s direct messaging, or engage in one-on-one meetings or live chat in sessions. The live news feed provides a space for attendees to start conversations, ask questions and share pictures with the whole group. 

Attendees will have access to a virtual background section, which includes the official ACES 2021 Online backgrounds for use in video chats, screenshots and social media posts. Tagging posts with #ACES2021Online will keep the conversation going even outside of sessions. 

During the week of April 19, all registered participants will receive an email inviting them to create an account with the conference platform Pathable, Lawyer said. Participants should explore the platform at their soonest convenience to get the lay of the proverbial land. There will be multiple methods for seeking assistance, including posted information, FAQs and live contact options. The conference hashtag, #ACES2021Online, will help users to find both official and unofficial conference information through social media. 

Once on the platform, participants will have the opportunity to craft their own paths.

“Attendees have free reign over their conference experience,” Lawyer said. “They can hop in a session, leave a session and join another session, or skip a session and participate in other parts of the conference such as the roundtable discussions in the Lounge or the virtual exhibit hall.” 

Sessions don’t close, so attendees can enter and leave sessions of their own volition and on their own schedule. Attendees can move between sessions at will, but can only be present in one session at any given time. Every registrant will have access to all recorded sessions until July 31, 2021. Since the conference is virtual, Lawyer recommends attendees dress comfortably while bearing in mind that others may request private meetings. 

ACES 2021 Online kicks off Thursday, April 22 at 9 a.m. EDT with words of welcome from ACES President Sara Ziegler. Official ACES 2021 Online activities end at 5 p.m., but social media posts often cite unofficial events, such as virtual happy hours. Be sure to check the official hashtag #ACES2021Online before, during, and after the conference. Friday picks back up with concurrent 10:30 a.m. sessions. All times are EDT.

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