Conference Mentoring

First-time delegates can sign up for Conference Mentoring and the New Colleague Track, ensuring you'll get the most out of your week with us.

Conference Mentoring - part of WAA's Mentor Program, a year-round benefit offered to all WAA members - matches two performing arts professionals who wish to build a substantial connection with each other at the conference. This relationship can then continue to grow and develop if the mentor and colleague decide to participate in WAA's year-round program.

When you register online for the conference you can Sign Up as a new colleague or mentor. 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.

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 the 2014 New Colleagues Tips.

New Colleague Pre-Conference Webinar

Friday, August 22, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific

Join us for this general information session about the Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference, complete with valuable before-you-leave tips. Email Membership & Communications Manager Michael Knapp to sign up.

New Colleagues Orientation

Tuesday, September 2, 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Sheraton, Cirrus Room, Pike Street Tower, 35th Floor

Sponsored by: NAPAMA

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.

The Commons Walk-Through

Wednesday, September 3, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Meet at the Registration Desk

Sponsored by: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver

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.

Dine Arounds

Thursday, September 4, 7:00 pm

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

NEW THIS YEAR: Step out of your conference comfort zone with an Adventure Dine Around, featuring tours to new neigborhoods close to downtown with expert local WAA members leading the way.

Hospitality Events

Tuesday, September 2 - Friday, September 5

On Tuesday check out the Opening Reception, the first social event that kicks off the conference. The Annual Luncheon on Thursday is where you can enjoy a sit-down meal with your peers and enjoy a peek at extraordinary new talent. Friday's closing event is where we'll celebrate Seattle and toast to Vancouver, BC, our 2015 Host City.