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First-Time Attendees

Attending for the First Time

We are thrilled you’ll be joining us in Phoenix for the ASPEN 2019 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference. Because there is so much to do while you’re on-site, we wanted to highlight a few items that are specifically for you.

Buddy Program

The Buddy Program connects you with one of our seasoned conference attendees who would love to give you an insider's view of the must-see events, sessions, and activities. Once you notify us that you’re interested in participating, we will match you with a “buddy” and put you in contact with them a couple weeks prior to the conference. Seasoned attendees usually have 2 or 3 buddies, so you have the opportunity to get to know a whole new group of nutrition professionals! ASPEN will provide suggestions for great spots to meet on site, and you and your buddy will determine the best day/time/place for your schedules. 

If you’re interested in being paired with a buddy, please email Donna Butcher with your contact information, discipline, and specialty requests. This a great opportunity to network, discuss educational sessions, and make longtime friends or mentors!


Don’t forget to pick up your “First Time Attendee” and/or “New Member” ribbon after you’ve received your badge. Our seasoned attendees and volunteer leaders will be excited to welcome you to the ASPEN community, and the ribbons will help them identify you.