Agenda

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All conference sessions will take place at the Grand Wayne Center unless otherwise noted.

FRIDAY

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

OWAA Board Meeting
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown
  • Members welcome to attend

Noon – 7 p.m.

Registration
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

2 – 4 p.m.

Photography Workshop
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

3 – 6 p.m.

Becoming an Outdoors Communicator
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown
  • This free, three-hour workshop will feature some of OWAA’s top pros giving presentations about their specialties, from writing for magazines to filming outdoor television and everything in between. Join Pat Wray and fellow OWAA members for this popular staple of the OWAA conference as presenters share their tricks of the trade with budding professionals.

6 – 6:30 p.m.

Green Ribbon Meeting
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown
  • First time at an OWAA conference? Haven’t been in a while? Join program chair Tim Mead and conference planner Jessica Seitz to get the ins and outs of the conference and an insider’s guide to the “can’t miss” events. Meet other OWAA members who have volunteered to act as mentors to help you navigate your first conference.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Dinner on your own in downtown Fort Wayne
  • Meet up with old friends and make new ones while experiencing the great dining options, breweries and distilleries around downtown Fort Wayne.

8:30+ p.m.

President’s Hospitality
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown
  • Come celebrate and help toast OWAA President Phil Bloom for his service over the past year.

SATURDAY

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration (Daily)
  • Lobby, Grand Wayne Center

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

3-Day Displays (Daily)
  • Grand Wayne Center

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

EIC Winners Showcase (Daily)
  • Harrison B

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Press Room (Daily)
  • Harrison D

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Coffee Break Station (Daily)
  • Grand Wayne Center

7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Opening Breakfast
  • Legacy Salon, Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

8:15 – 9 a.m.

Keynote
  • Legacy Salon, Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Sessions
  • Harrison A & C

10 – 11 a.m.

Spouse/Partner/Family Welcome
  • Harrison E
  • Welcome event for all spouses, partners, families and guests. Meet new people and become reacquainted with others. Find out what opportunities are available to you during the conference. A Visit Fort Wayne rep will be on hand to help you plan activities.

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch
  • Headwaters Park

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Shoot from the Heart & Photography section meeting
  • Harrison A
  • Moderator: Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
  • Looking for photographic inspiration and to connect with your fellow OWAA photographers? Hear what a selection of OWAA shutterbugs are most passionate about right now as they share their latest projects, new discoveries and exciting stories from their journeys in this fast-paced PechaKucha presentation-style event.

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Session
  • Harrison C

3:45 – 5 p.m.

Meet the Publishers and Publicists
  • Jefferson A
  • Connect with book publishers and publicists to help advance your book project, whether it’s still in the idea stages or a polished work. After our panel explains their work and role in the book industry, get your questions answered.

5:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Membership Meeting
  • Jefferson A
  • OWAA members are invited to a business meeting hosted by OWAA board president Phil Bloom and OWAA executive director Brandon Shuler. Learn how OWAA has been working for you and its short-term and long-term goals. Voice your feedback in this open forum for general discussion and suggestions.

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Dinner at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
  • Sponsored by Visit Fort Wayne
  • An oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, the Botanical Conservatory features 1200 plants (over 500 species) and 72 different types of cactus throughout its 25,000 square feet of indoor gardens and four outdoor gardens. The Conservatory also serves as a plant rescue center for endangered species and as a regional clearinghouse for plant information. Programs and special events throughout the year allow the community to enjoy the facility while exploring the complex relationships between the plant world and mankind. 

9 – 11:30+ p.m.

Hospitality Suites
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

SUNDAY

6 a.m.

Roll n Run
  • All attendees are invited to run Sunday morning with other OWAAers rather than run solo in a new city. This is a no-fuss, out-and-back run that starts and finishes in the hotel lobby. Run a 5K or 10K depending on how your head feels at 6 a.m. Walkers welcome, too.

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration (Daily)
  • Lobby, Grand Wayne Center

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

3-Day Displays (Daily)
  • Grand Wayne Center

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

EIC Winners Showcase (Daily)
  • Harrison B

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Press Room (Daily)
  • Harrison D

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Coffee Break Station (Daily)
  • Grand Wayne Center

7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Opening Breakfast
  • Legacy Salon, Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Sessions
  • Harrison A & C

9 – 10 a.m.

Supporting Groups Business Meeting
  • Jefferson A
  • Employees of supporting groups, agencies and businesses are invited to a meeting hosted by Katie McKalip, supporting group liaison to the board, and OWAA’s executive director Brandon Shuler. An open forum for general discussion and suggestions is welcome.

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Silent Auction
  • Harrison B

12:30 p.m.

Shuttles begin for Breakout Day

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch at Breakout Day
  • Southwest Conservation Club

1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Breakout Day
  • Southwest Conservation Club
  • Learn about and test the latest firearms, vehicles, watercrafts and outdoor gear from OWAA supporters and local companies. Visit with outdoor destinations, take a test drive or brush up on the most recent happenings with our outdoor organizations.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Natural History Walk
  • Southwest Conservation Club

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.

Broadcast section meeting
  • Southwest Conservation Club clubhouse

3 – 3:20 p.m.

Media relations section meeting
  • Southwest Conservation Club clubhouse

3:30 – 3:50 p.m.

Newspaper section meeting
  • Southwest Conservation Club clubhouse

4 – 4:20 p.m.

Magazine section meeting
  • Southwest Conservation Club clubhouse

6 – 8:30 p.m.

EIC Awards Party
  • Parkview Field
  • Celebrate our members’ best work from the past year at this fun and entertaining show. After enjoying an audio-video presentation on the jumbo-tron of the award-winners’ work, we’ll open the batting cages and climbing wall and have fun at the ballpark!

9 – 11:30+ p.m.

Hospitality Suites
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

MONDAY

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration (Daily)
  • Lobby, Grand Wayne Center

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

3-Day Displays (Daily)
  • Grand Wayne Center

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

EIC Winners Showcase (Daily)
  • Harrison B

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Press Room (Daily)
  • Harrison D

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Coffee Break Station (Daily)
  • Grand Wayne Center

7 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Silent Auction
  • Harrison B

7 – 8 a.m.

OWAA Board Meeting
  • Lawton Room – Courtyard Marriott

7 – 8 a.m.

Past Presidents’ Meeting
  • Foster Room – Courtyard Marriott

7:30 – 8 a.m.

Breakfast
  • Legacy Salon, Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

8 – 8:45 a.m.

Keynote
  • Legacy Salon, Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown

9 – 11 a.m.

Meet/Ask the Editors
  • Jefferson A
  • Acquisitions editors discuss their outdoors publications, unique editorial needs and provide tips on how to sell your work, followed by questions from the audience. Then afterward, they will fan out into the audience to give one-on-one face time! This is a tremendous opportunity to talk in a less formal setting, build relationships and sell your work to prospective buyers.

11:15 – 12:15 a.m.

Sessions
  • Harrison A & C

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch
  • Anthony Wayne Ballroom

1:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Sessions
  • Harrison A & C

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Photo Scavenger Hunt Critique
  • Jefferson A
  • Win cash and prizes from behind the lens! All attending members are encouraged to enter this entertaining contest pitting professional and amateur photographers to submit just one frame for five designated subjects, challenging participants to capture each topic’s essence on a tight deadline. This is followed by an entertaining critique and light-hearted roast of scavenger hunt entries, hosted by two of OWAA’s top photographers, helping everyone improve their photography skills.

5:45 p.m.

Silent Auction closes

 

5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Circle of Chiefs Meeting
  • Harrison E

7 – 9 p.m.

Honorary Awards Banquet
  • Anthony Wayne Ballroom
  • (Coat and tie recommended.)
  • This special event and formal dinner recognizes members for their professional achievements and exceptional commitment to OWAA. These awards represent the highest honors of OWAA: the J. Hammond Brown Award for devoted service to OWAA; the Excellence in Craft Award for continued excellence in one’s career; the Jade of Chiefs Award for conservation; and the Jackie Pfeiffer Memorial Award for goodwill, generosity and kindness. Awards for Outstanding Board Member and Committee Volunteer of the Year will also be presented.

9:30+ p.m.

Leftover Luau
  • Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown
  • Join your fellow OWAAers as we wrap up another conference with a casual gathering for fun and friendship. Bring a bottle of wine, your beverage of choice or hospitality suite leftovers to share.

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