Networking Events for All Attendees

Opening Reception:  "Let the Good Times Roll" in the Exhibits Hall
Tuesday, April 24    
2:00 – 4:30 pm 

Experience New Orleans style entertainment and food, beverages and cash bar 
The exhibit hall is the place to be for the Official Opening Event for NAYDO 2018! "Laissez les bon temps roulez!" is a Cajun expression that means "Let the Good Times Roll" and conveys the "joie de vivre" (joy of living) attitude that pervades New Orleans and southern Louisiana.  Get your first taste of that culture at the reception that kicks off four days of learning, networking, inspiration and fun with YMCA staff and volunteers from around the world! Visit amazing exhibits of companies and organizations while enjoying New Orleans-style entertainment.
Tuesday Night of Networking Groups
Tuesday, April 24    
4:30 - 5:15 pm

Connect with others beyond your delegation during this evening of networking. Visit the website page for the group(s) that apply to your position.

Staff New to Leading YMCA Development
VIP-Board Members/Fundraising Volunteers
Branch Executives/Center Directors/COO and Operations Staff
MarCom Professionals
Grant Writers Group
Program/Membership Staff
Small YMCA ($4 M and under)
Camping Professionals (Sponsor: CampDoc.com)
Young Professionals Alumni & Class of 2018 (Sponsor: Gro)
International Attendees
Hot Topics 

Wednesday, April 25
Round A:  8:15 am – 9:00 am
Round B:  9:15 am – 10:00 am

(Light Breakfast and beverages available in exhibit area; over 50 Hot Topics offered throughout NAYDO meeting space)

Visit the Hot Topics page for more info on the most popular educational networking event at the conference! Sit in small group environment for facilitated discussion on a wide variety of philanthropy related topics. Hot Topics are not selected until closer to conference dates.
Exhibits Exclusive! 
Wednesday, April 25
2:00 – 2:45 pm

Following the Wednesday Keynote Luncheon, a 45-minute Exhibits Exclusive Break has been set aside so you can network with exhibitors on the last afternoon that all will be present. Drawings for raffle prizes donated by exhibitors and a free 2019 conference registration will be awarded but you must be present to win!

King Cake Break in Exhibits Hall 

Wednesday, April 25
4:00 - 4:25 pm
(exhibits remain open until 5:30 pm)

King cakes are a New Orleans tradition, topped in the official colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green and gold.
One piece of the cake contains a plastic baby and by tradition, the person who gets that piece of cake provides the next King Cake. Usually limited to Carnival season (January 6 King's Day through Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras) this treat will be specially prepared so you don't miss it during your time in New Orleans.

Continental Breakfast with Lagniappe
Thursday, April 26   
7:15 – 8:45 am

In New Orleans "Lagniappe" means "a little something extra" and in 2018, tht little extra is a final chance to visit some of our exhibitors during breakfast. Exhibit hours officially end Wednesday evening but companies have the option of staying open for breakfast on Thursday. Grab something to eat while networking with exhibitors and attendees before the workshops begin and exhibits tear down. 

Daxquerade at Mardi Gras World - It's Carnival Time!

Thursday, April 26
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Sponsor: Daxko

Complimentary food (enough for dinner) and beverages, cash bar and live music! Mardi Gras World is located 1 mile from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, a very easy walk, but a shuttle will be on a continuous loop for those needing assistance or preferring to ride.

Mardi Gras World is a most unique attraction in America's most unique city. Come see how Mardi Gras is created and get up close to Mardi Gras' grandest floats in the facility where they are designed and built. Join your NAYDO friends and the Daxko Krewe at this popular sightseeing venue where you will enjoy mouth-watering New Orleans cuisine (enough to make it your dinner), drinks, soul-stirring music and all that jazz. Be sure to pick up your party favor ticket at the Daxko booth during exhibit hours!

Come dressed in purple, green and gold (the colors of Mardi Gras) to catch beads at a mini Mardi Gras Parade sponsored by Gro - a not-to-miss highlight of th evening!

After Glo with Gro

Thursday, April 26
9:30 - 11:00 pm
Sponsor: Gro

Immediately following Daxquerade at Mardi Gras World, Gro invites you to join them at Spirits (lower level of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside) for continued fellowship and networking. Stop by Gro's room during exhibit hours to pick up one free drink ticket while supplies last.