Convention's opening ceremonies take place during the opening plenary session (see description in Understanding Sessions callout). You will want to get to the Potomac Ballroom a bit early to be sure that you have a good seat for the international flag processional, which is a popular and inspiring part of the opening ceremonies at convention. Flag bearers from each participating country enter in the order in which a chapter from that country or territory was chartered and often wear the traditional clothing of their region. The opening plenary begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Hint: Add this event to your customized schedule in the app!
The Exhibit Hall will give you the opportunity to network with key vendors and see new products. Don't miss the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcome reception on Saturday, 16 November, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (1600-1800). Stop by Center Stage to learn more about Sigma programs and member benefits. Be sure to play Exhibit Hall Bingo for a chance to win an Apple Watch! (You'll find the Bingo card in your attendee tote bag at registration.) The Exhibit Hall is located in Prince George's Exhibit Halls A-B on Level 1. Refer to your event schedule for viewing times.
Visit the Sigma Marketplace to shop for new and popular Sigma merchandise and books. The Marketplace will be open in National Harbor 2-3 on Level 3 Saturday through Tuesday.
Need to purchase a gift? How about a personalized, signed copy of a Sigma book? The Meet the Authors book signings are a wonderful opportunity to talk to some of the premier authors of our profession. More than 20 authors will be signing their books in the Sigma Marketplace on Sunday, 17 November, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (0930-1030) and Monday, 18 November, from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. (0915-1000).
Sigma Career Advising
Sigma Career Advising appointments provide nurses and students with an opportunity to receive guidance regarding their career path from experienced nursing professionals and leaders. Appointments will take place in National Harbor 9 on Level 3 on Sunday and Monday. Sign up ahead of time to guarantee your session! However, you can also sign up on-site at the check-in table, located outside National Harbor 9 on Level 3.
Convention is a time of celebration and recognition for excellence in nursing. On Sunday, 17 November, the Tribute Awards event is a ticketed luncheon recognizing both individuals and organizations for their achievements and dedication to improving healthcare.
On Monday, 18 November, the Chapter Awards Recognition Event, open to all attendees, will recognize chapters and members for their continued success in membership engagement and programming.
The Founders Awards Celebration, one of the most prestigious events at convention, will honor a number of esteemed nurses and other individuals from around the world on Monday evening, 18 November. This is a ticketed, formal dinner.
Refer to your event schedule in the app or program book for times, and view the complete list of 2019 International Awards for Nursing Excellence and Chapter Key Award recipients online or in the program book.
House of Delegates
The House of Delegates is the body of Sigma that holds legislative and judicial powers. According to the Bylaws, each chapter must have representation to act on its behalf in the House of Delegates for items of business before the organization. If you are serving as a chapter delegate, be sure to visit The Circle, Sigma’s online member community, where you’ll find a special community just for delegates. The Convention Delegate Community is a place where you can ask questions about your role, see the ballot, and view proposed bylaws changes. You can find links to important documents, learn about the schedule of events, and talk with other delegates and staff. Visit https://TheCircle.SigmaNursing.org/MyGroups and scroll to find the community called “Convention Delegates”. If you are not serving as a delegate, you are still able to attend this event. There will be limited seating available for individuals to watch the proceedings take place.
Delegates with questions at convention may visit the Delegate Information Desk in the Potomac Ballroom Foyer on Level 2 of the convention center. Please check your convention program book or the event app for daily Delegate Information hours.