IRDC 2017 has all the ingredients for productive and enjoyable networking: an intimate setting, a fun and casual atmosphere, and talented, inspiring, influential colleagues with which to mingle. Here were just some of the networking opportunities that are included in the upcoming 2017 agenda in New Orleans.

 

IRDC Opening Reception
TUESDAY, September 5     5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Held at The Ritz-Carlton, this casual get-together is the perfect way to kick off this year’s IRDC event with speakers, Editorial Advisory Board members, and your friends, both old and new.

Networking Continental Breakfast
WEDNESDAY, September 6      8:00 AM – 8:55 AM

Join fellow attendees for coffee, juice and serve-yourself breakfast items prior to Wednesday’s program line-up.

Networking Roundtable Lunch
WEDNESDAY, September 6     
 NOON – 1:30 PM

One of the most popular and anticipated features of the conference, the IRDC Networking Roundtables are hosted by VMSD Advisory Board members, editorial staff and conference sponsors. Choose from the list of topics when you register for the conference, then bring your questions, ideas and insights to share with your tablemates over lunch.

Off-Site New Orleans Tours
WEDNESDAY, September 6    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Venture outside of The Ritz-Carlton to discover the eclectic vibe of this dynamic city. Watch for details on tour options.

IRDC Iron Merchant Challenge / Cocktail Reception
WEDNESDAY, September 6     5:45 PM – 7:45 PM

We’ll wrap up Day One with IRDC’s hands-on, think-fast visual merchandising competition, where you can flex your display muscle with a team of your peers, or watch with the rest of us over cocktails and snacks. Make that choice when you register. Just don’t miss the fun of this signature event.

Sponsor Case Study Breakfast
THURSDAY, September 7      8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join fellow attendees for coffee, juice and serve-yourself breakfast items prior to Thursday’s program line-up, as well as inspirational Sponsor Case Study presentations.

Networking Roundtable Lunch and VMSD Awards
THURSDAY, September 7     
 NOON – 1:30 PM

One of the most popular and anticipated features of the conference, the IRDC Networking Roundtables are hosted by VMSD Advisory Board members, editorial staff and conference sponsors. Choose from the list of topics when you register for the conference, then bring your questions, ideas and insights to share with your tablemates over lunch.

IRDC Party
THURSDAY, September 7     6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
LATROBE’S ON ROYAL
403 Royal Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
This year’s closing soiree takes place at one of New Orleans’ most treasured landmark buildings, conveniently located near The Ritz-Carlton in the heart of the enchanting French Quarter. It’s the perfect venue for meeting and mingling with friends, both old and new, while exploring the fascinating story behind Latrobe’s architectural history.

Networking Continental Breakfast
FRIDAY, September 8      8:00 AM – 8:55 AM

Join fellow attendees for coffee, juice and serve-yourself breakfast items prior to Friday’s program and closing session.