Conference Events

Plan now how you will spend your time at the Conference.

Earn PD Clock hours at professional development sessions!

Start learning and networking on Wednesday.
Find exhibit hours, events and new microlearning opportunities! 
Learn about discounted hotel rates while attending the Conference.


Opening General Session
Featuring Robert Fulghum
Thursday, May 2: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Gain inspiration from the bestselling author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten! Robert was a Grammy nominee for the Spoken Word Award, has performed in two television adaptations of his work for PBS, has been a speaker at numerous colleges, conventions, and public events across the United States and Europe and has authored a nationally-syndicated newspaper column.

Visit the Human Library
Throughout the Day on Friday

Schedule a 30-minute mentoring session with a seasoned professional to follow up on topics from the Conference or other topics of interest for your district/career. Watch for more details — registration will open in March! 

Hospitality Events

Conference Welcome Reception Sponsored by the Service Associate Advisory Committee
Wednesday, May 1: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Kick off the Annual Conference with fellow attendees at Sam & Harry’s — conveniently located in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center! Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided by the SAAC. 

Solutions Marketplace Hours, Microlearning & Hospitality
Thursday, May 2: 2:30pm – 5:30pm

This is your time to explore the exhibits, network and take part in NEW microlearning sessions! Enjoy a hospitality and hors d'oeuvres as you experience the re-imagined exhibits.


Throwback Thursday Bash: A Night in Kindergarten
Thursday, May 2: 8:30pm – 11:00pm

Gather for an unforgettable evening filled with games and activities to bring you back to your childhood and remind you what you loved about kindergarten! Plan to attend this hospitality event and experience the power of Annual Conference networking.


Must-Attend Meetings

First Time Attendee Orientation
Thursday, May 2: 8:30am – 9:00am

First time conference attendees can each get an inside view on how to make the most of Illinois ASBO and the Conference at this helpful meeting.

Service Associate Orientation & Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, May 2: 10:20am – 11:20am

This must-attend meeting for all Service Associates allows you to bring your ideas to the SAAC for feedback, and learn how to get the most from your experience.

PDC Networking Meeting & Breakfast 
Friday, May 3: 9:00am – 10:30am

Join the biggest professional development committee meeting of the year to build your network and share your insights within a specific area of school business management.