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Networking & Engagement
Newcomers Meet & Greet

Sunday, July 23 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 PM
New to World Congress? Meet other first-time attendees, repeat participants, and NCMA staff in the Ryman ballroom and head over to the Exhibit Hall as a group for our Welcome Reception!  

World Congress Welcome Reception

Sunday, July 23 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 PM
Say hello to your fellow attendees in a fun ambiance with a local flair. Relax after your travel and get ready for everything the World Congress has to offer this year!  

Career Fair

Monday, July 24 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 PM
Come with an updated resume and prepare to find new opportunities in the field of contract management. The career fair will take place in the Exhibit Hall and is open and free to all contract management professionals that are interested - World Congress registration not required.
Participating companies include:
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency
  • IMSolutions, LLC)
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Acquisition Services
  • Veterans Health Administration / VHA Procurement Operations
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Hanwha Defense USA

Certificant Happy Hour

Monday, July 24 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 PM
Have an NCMA Certification? We want to celebrate you! Come meet and network with your fellow certificant holders in the exhibit hall. Join us at our dedicated tables next to the NCMA booth where you will also have the chance to get your name entered into a special drawing with great prizes, including a registration to NCMA's new spring event NEXUS. See you there!

Networking Reception

Monday, July 24 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 PM
Take another opportunity to mix and mingle with peers, sponsors, and exhibitors after the first day of exciting education!

Experience Downtown Nashville

Monday, July 24 | 6:30 pm - 10:30 PM
Create Your Own Experience! - This is your opportunity to explore the vibrant city, soak up some local culture, and connect with fellow attendees in a relaxed setting of your choice. Grab your friends and head downtown on Monday evening, NCMA is providing transportation to and from downtown Nashville Court of Flags located at 101 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201. Buses leave from the Gaylord's Magnolia Portico for Gaylord guests and for NCMA Village guests
 pickup will be at your respective Hotels, both picks ups start at 5:00 pm. Buses will run on a loop from the Court of Flags with the last return back to hotels at 10:30 pm.

Reception at the Wildhorse Saloon

Tuesday, July 25 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 PM
Bring your boots and hats and get ready to dance the night away at one of the most iconic destinations in Nashville - the Wildhorse Saloon. Transportation to and from the venue, event catering and entertainment are included in your full registration. Buses leave from the Gaylord Opryland Magnolia Portico and the NCMA Village Hotels respective pick up locations at 6:15 pm. For returns, buses will run on a loop starting at 8:30 pm with the last being at 10:00 pm. Forget your dancing shoes? Take a look at the other events the Wildhorse Saloon has to offer: 

1st Floor - Main stage and dance floor with line dancing
2nd Floor - 2 pool tables, 1 shuffleboard table, 2 foosball tables
3rd Floor - 2 pool tables, 1 shuffleboard table, 2 foosball tables, life-sized scrabble

Exhibit Hall Ongoing Activities

Tuesday, July 25 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 PM

The Passport Game
Be sure to visit Sponsor Booths in the exhibit hall for the Passport Game. By scanning the associated QR code at each booth to accrue points. The winner with the most points will receive a complimentary registration to World Congress 2024!
  • Platinum = 100 points
  • Gold = 50 points
  • Silver = 35 points
  • Bronze = 20 points

The Learning Pavilion

Tuesday, July 25 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 PM
Find our more about our Sponsors! The Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors will be showcasing their organization in one Learning Pavilion Sponsored Talks. The sponsors will present 20-minute sessions on Monday and Tuesday during open exhibit hall hours. These will be hosted via the Virtual Event Platform and In-Person in the Exhibit Hall. Each session will allow for a 15-minute demonstration and discussion followed by 5-minutes of Q&A.