Do I have to be a member to attend the event?
Yes. In order to attend HARDI’s Annual Conference, you must be a current member and have current dues.
What are the fees associated with Annual Conference?
All attendees must pay a registration fee that grants them access to the event at different levels. The booth program has an additional fee associated with the program which is in addition to the individual’s registration. Also, there is an additional fee associated with the solutions center if any eligible member wants to participate in that during the event.
What is included in the executive registration?
The full executive registration includes the opening reception, all general sessions, breakout sessions (unless otherwise indicated) and the closing reception/dinner. If you are a supplier or vendor and have purchased a booth space for the Booth Program you and other individuals from your company/brand participating will be granted access as well. If your organization or brand does not have a booth, you will not be granted access.
When should I plan to arrive and depart?
There are several pre-conference events taking place the afternoon of Saturday, December 2nd prior to the official kick off with the Opening Reception at 7pm. The main programming wraps up on Tuesday, December 5th with the closing Keynote session but attendees are encouraged to stick around for the Closing Reception that evening. Please check the agenda for full details.
What is included with the Monday Only registration option?
The Monday Only registration is a registration option mainly for Suppliers and Service Vendors that have a booth space reserved in our Booth Program. These registrants are given access to all the sessions that take place on the day of the event they registered for including both general sessions and any breakout sessions (unless otherwise noted).
What is the difference between Solutions Center and Booth Program?
The Solutions Center is only open to Service Vendors, Marketing/Purchasing/Cooperatives and Affiliate members. The Solutions Center has hours on Sunday and Monday before and during the sessions throughout the conference hallways/foyers. The Booth Program is open to Suppliers and Service Vendors, Marketing/Purchasing/Cooperatives and Affiliate members and takes place in the afternoon on Monday. HARDI holds no sessions during the hours that are scheduled for the Booth Program.
What is the dress code for Annual Conference?
Conference Sessions: Business professional
Conference Booth Program: Business
Receptions: We're excited to hold our opening and closing receptions on the resort's outdoor lawns. While the desert climate is warm during the day, evening temps can drop quickly to high 40s and low 50s. We recommend packing warmer options for the evenings you plan to be outside.
Our closing reception is a Moonlight Masquerade party so grab your favorite mask! We'll celebrate all the fun, connections, learnings and memories we've made at 2023 HARDI Annual Conference: Ascend.