Networking and Special Events

Networking is an essential component to any conference. It’s more than meeting people, it’s connecting with the right people for knowledge sharing, best practices, career connections and socializing. The planning committee has planned many ways for you to connect during the conference. Decennial is the place to create future opportunities for collaboration.

SHEA Mentorship Luncheon
Thursday, March 26 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Room A703-704
The SHEA Mentorship Program is designed to create a strong networking community while providing and enhancing the SHEA membership experience at all levels. Our goal is to form relationships that can be carried forward beyond Decennial 2020. Mentors and Mentees attend this luncheon to meet with each other, network with others in the field, and foster relationships.

Opening Welcome Reception
Thursday, March 26 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The Welcome Reception is open to all attendees. Join your fellow colleagues in the Exhibit Hall and mingle with the exhibitors directly following the Opening Plenary. This fun-filled event will be an attendee favorite featuring entertainment, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres. Professional attendees will receive two drink tickets in their registration materials. The Welcome Reception is the premier opportunity for networking with fellow attendees and to show support for Decennial’s exhibitors.

SHEA Education and Research Foundation Dinner
Saturday, March 28 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: The ROOF at Ponce City Market
We invite you to join your fellow colleagues for a delightful evening of fun, entertainment, and thought-provoking presentation!

Join speakers Patricia (Patsy) Stinchfield, MS, RN, CPNP, CIC, Director Infectious Disease/Immunology/Infection at Control Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Veronica  McNally, President and CEO at Franny Strong Foundation, as they share their powerful vaccine stories. Both are involved in the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and can share not only where we have been with regards to vaccination advocacy and why it is such an important  issue, but also where we are heading.  They are joined by Kristina (Kris) K. Bryant, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville, who will present a clinician’s point of view on treating children with vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of growing clinicians to be strong vaccine advocates. Veronica McNally is a parent advocate who, after losing her baby to whooping cough, was able to channel her and her family’s grief into  a foundation whose efforts help to save lives through prevention. Patsy Stinchfield has been a vocal advocate of empowering medical professionals to speak out on the spread of vaccine misinformation in light of her expertise in vaccine-preventable diseases, specifically the 2017 measles outbreak in Minnesota.

Moderated by Dr. Keith Kaye, the speakers will provide the perspectives and themes including addressing anti-vaccination fervor, how healthcare professionals can impact vaccination hesitancy on a daily basis and they will provide insights into the future of vaccination as it relates to public acceptance. We hope to see you there in support of the SHEA Education & Research Foundation. Additional Ticket Purchase Required when registering.

Infection Prevention: Speed Networking Sessions
Having an opportunity to meet your fellow attendees and like-minded peers is the goal of every conference attendee. This networking event we will give attendees the opportunity to engage and meet their peers and or expert leaders in the healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship field building on future collaborations, mentoring and sharing of best practices. This program will include four sessions over the course of the Decennial. Two will be focused on infection prevention and two focused on antimicrobial stewardship. Registration is required for this event.

Meet the Experts: Fire Side Chat
What better way to meet the experts in the field then during an intimate discussion! The Fireside Chats offer the opportunity to informally discuss a focused topic with an expert in the field. These chats use an informal and nontraditional didactic approach. During each chat, attendees will be able to meet and engage with industry leading experts, as well as their peers. These Fireside Chats will focus on Pharmacists, Infection Preventionist, C. Auris, CRE, Hand Hygiene Monitoring, and Mandatory Influenza Vaccination.

Special Interest Group: Meet and Greet
Looking for something specific? The Special Interest Group Meet Ups facilitates the ability for attendees sharing a common interest meet informally with a facilitated discussion. This event offers attendees an excellent opportunities for dialog and deliberation on a specific topics such as surveillance, long term care, innovations in stewardship, public health, social media and first time attendees.