The Key to Networking: Connect Early and Often



Mandy Moody

ACFE Social Media Specialist

Most of the networking I do these days involves retweeting, forwarding, following and the occasional post that just happens to run longer than 140 characters. And, I have to admit, I often forget the value of conversing with a peer and sharing ideas the good old-fashioned way: face to face. This kind of networking is a crucial component of successful career growth, and one of the biggest benefits of the ACFE Annual Fraud Conference & Exhibition, June 17-22 in Orlando,is the opportunity for anti-fraud professionals to connect with one another… in person.

Prior to even setting foot in Orlando, you can connect with other attendees through the ACFE’s social media channels. By joining the 23rd Annual Fraud Conference group on LinkedIn, you can discuss hot topics, connect with other attendees and learn more about speakers and sessions. You can also like the ACFE’s Facebook page and follow the ACFE on Twitter to get the latest conference updates before, during and after the event. (For the most real-time updates, search the hashtag #fraudconf on Twitter.)

Beginning with Sunday evening’s Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall and culminating in Tuesday evening’s Networking Reception, you will be able to mingle with presenters, employers and exhibitors, helping to build lasting connections that you can take with you when you leave. The atmosphere is professional, yet relaxed. ACFE staff is always on-hand to answer questions and help introduce you to your colleagues, if desired.

With nearly 2,300 attendees expected, the ACFE Annual Fraud Conference offers you the chance to meet a diverse group of professionals from around the world. However, the Conference also creates more focused opportunities to bring together attendees in the same industries. Opportunities to network with like-minded professionals will be available at specially marked tables in the Conference general sessions, working lunches and an industry networking lounge located in the Exhibit Hall.

New Conference Mobile App

New this year, you will be able to stay informed on the go by downloading a Conference mobile app. Among the many features are the Conference agenda, session descriptions, venue map, social media connection and an exhibitor directory.