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E.g., 07/03/2020

Networking and Social

Admission to all social events is included with full conference registration.

Guest tickets for the Welcome Reception and GALA Dinner may be purchased only for those not in the industry (family, spouse, etc.). Industry professionals who would like to attend social activities must register for the conference. To purchase guest tickets, please contact [email protected].


Newbie Orientation

Sunday, 20 September 2020
17:00-17:45 | Manchester Grand Hyatt

The Newbie Orientation will provide an introduction to GALA-the-association and to GALA-the-conference. Volunteer leaders from GALA will provide information on the association's programs and activities and give you advice and pointers on making the most of your conference experience. You'll also do some "ice-breaker" activities with your fellow delegates to jump-start your networking. Non-members welcome. Pre-registration is not required.


Welcome Reception

Sunday, 20 September 2020
18:00 - 19:30 | Manchester Grand Hyatt

The Welcome Reception is the official start of the GALA conference and we encourage you to make your travel arrangements so that you can attend. Reunite with old acquaintances and make new ones. Light refreshments served.


Speed Networking

Monday, 21 September 2020
16:00 - 17:30 | Manchester Grand Hyatt

Speed networking is one of the favorite networking activities of the conference. You'll introduce yourself to dozens of peers and make acquaintances from around the world and across the industry. All are welcome. Be sure to bring business cards. 


GALA Dinner

Monday, 21 September 2020
19:00 - 23:00 | Stone Brewing at Liberty Station

The GALA Dinner is the social highlight of the conference. Always inviting, never boring, the GALA Dinner features excellent food, excellent company, and (mostly) excellent dancing. Busses will take us to Stone Brewing for an evening of socializing.

Note that dinner is included for all registered delegates except those purchasing a one-day registration. There is no need to buy a dinner ticket unless you're bringing a spouse/non-industry friend or unless you purchase a one-day registration and wish to attend the GALA Dinner. 


Happy Hour

Tuesday, 22 September 2020
17:15 - 18:15 | Manchester Grand Hyatt

Join colleagues for refreshments, conversation, and relaxation as we wind down another productive day.