Make valuable professional connections and new friends at these networking events!

In addition to our lineup of FOUR major networking events — which you can read more about here — there countless other opportunities during the conference to network. Here are just a few of the scheduled events taking place, but don’t forget, you can mingle and make contacts just about anywhere throughout the week!

ALDO LEOPOLD RECEPTION: Each year TWS hosts a gathering in honor of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award and its recipients. Some of the most iconic names in the profession are sure to attend. What better place to network than in the company of these highly respected and well-connected individuals?


WOMEN OF WILDLIFE (WOW) NETWORKING EVENT: This event has become a staple of TWS Annual Conferences, and is among the most well-attended networking events of the entire week. The Women of Wildlife Networking Event aims to bring wildlifers together to spotlight, promote and support not only women in the wildlife profession, but diversity in general. All attendees — regardless of gender — who want to show support for these efforts are encouraged to attend! *AFS members welcome! 


POSTER SESSIONS: Both contributed and student research in progress posters will be on display in the Members Activity Center (Hall 2) from Monday-Wednesday. Posters feature a wide range of compelling topics and strolling through them is a great way to connect with peers who share common interests and focuses. Poster presenters are encouraged to be at their posters during refreshment breaks, and during Monday evening’s Trade Show & Poster Networking Event! *AFS members welcome! 


CAREERS WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES: Geared toward students and early career professionals, this special session is made possible through The Wildlife Society’s year-round partner relationships with the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and USDA Wildlife Services. Representatives and employees of these agencies will share their experiences and discuss career opportunities available through their respective agencies. The session will include time for questions and engagement. *AFS members welcome! 


RESUME REVIEW: A resume review table will be available in the Members Activity Center (Hall 2) several times during the conference. Be sure to stop by with a hard copy of your resume to get constructive feedback from experienced professionals.


STUDENT CHAPTER LEADERS LUNCH: The Student Chapter Leaders Lunch is where student chapter officers from around North America can meet to discuss and collaborate on issues important to all student members of TWS. Attendees will be provided lunch as well as some facilitated discussion The lunch will also include introductory comments by Dr. Josh Millspaugh of the Boone & Crockett Club. Seating is limited and only three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter are permitted.


WORKING GROUP MEETINGS: TWS working group meetings provide excellent networking opportunities but are often overlooked. The working groups are where TWS members can easily find peers and colleagues with similar interests, backgrounds and/or areas of expertise. You do not have to be a member of a working group to attend its meeting, and students are welcome, too! If you’re interested in branching out or getting more involved with the Society, whether a student or professional, stop by and sit in on a working group meeting that you relate to.