Communicators for Women Religious

"Our mission is to be a network of professional support and education for members who promote understanding of women religious, enhance their image and advance their mission."

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What transportation is available from the airport to the hotel? Is there an opportunity to share transportation with other participants?
There is NO shuttle service from the airport to the official conference hotel, Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West. However, there is a complimentary airport shuttle service that operates Mon-Sun: 05:30 AM – 11:00 PM for those returning to the airport. Through the YAPP app, attendees of past conferences have connected to share rideshare services. Sharing rides is a great way to get to know other CWR members, too!

2. What is the dress code?
Business casual or religious attire is appropriate during the conference. CWR and others will be snapping photos — you’ll want to look camera ready! For the evenings’ out, casual attire is appropriate. Perhaps, you might want to don some CWR logo wear available through the online store here.

3. What do you recommend I bring with me?

  • Laptop/tablet/notebook & pen
  • Water bottle
  • Sweater for air-conditioned rooms
  • Business cards
  • Cash for souvenirs, cash bar, or other purchases you might want to make
  • Sample materials to share such as your newsletter or brochures. Recommended quantity: 50 or more. Any materials left at the conference will be disposed of. Don’t want to pack that many newsletters in your luggage? No problem. Simply mail them to yourself at the hotel.

4. Is there a conference app that will keep me up-to-date on any changes or must do/attend conference sessions?
The YAPP app is an interactive way to keep up-to-date on conference sessions and the official itinerary. The social aspect of the app is fun too. The YAPP app is also a great way to find a ride with other CWR members from the airport or to meetup with conference attendees for coffee or an early morning jog.

5. Should I leave room in my luggage to bring home conference materials?
You may return home with some important sample materials from others or even the newest CWR swag so you might want to leave a little room for that in your luggage for the trip home.

6. What can I expect for the opening welcome reception?
Will I need to bring my wallet or anything else? The welcome reception is the kick off with a little bit for everyone. Light dinner/heavy appetizers along with one drink ticket will be provided for CWR attendees and a cash bar will be available thereafter.

7. If I don’t reserve a spot for the night out event before the conference, may I reserve a spot once I get to the conference?
Of course! It is highly encouraged to attend this scheduled night out with your CWR colleagues. CWR staff will be available at the welcome table throughout the conference to make your last-minute reservation for the night out. (space permitting).

8. Why is the night out something I should attend?
The night out will be fun! When else will you visit a ghost town with work colleagues? This is a great opportunity to connect with old friends or to make new friends and experience the flavor, culture, and flair of Arizona.

9. Is the conference format primarily presentations?
CWR provides professional thought-provoking innovative workshops that are lecture style with opportunity for Q&A as well as discussion at your table with CWR colleagues.

10. What specific opportunities are there to network?
Every opportunity is a network opportunity: shared meals as well as before, after and sometimes during the conference sessions. But if you really want to get your network off to a great start, we recommend attending the New Member Orientation on Tuesday night. It’s a great place to meet new attendees and learn a few tips and tricks from seasoned CWR members. Everyone is invited to the orientation – even veteran members!

11. How can I connect with other communicators with similar interests, e.g. same region, same congregation — Dominican, Franciscan?
Many groups set aside a specific meal time to network. For example, millennial breakfast meet-up, or Dominican lunch discussion. The YAPP app is a great place to organize a group for coffee or after hours gathering.