Conference 2022: Frequently Asked Questions

The CWR Conference is a valuable opportunity to network and gather resources from fellow communicators and development staff who know the unique challenges of representing a religious community.

If you are able to attend the conference, we have some tips for making the most of the experience. We look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati!

What transportation is available from the airport to the hotel? Is there an opportunity to share transportation with other attendees?

While the Summit—the conference host hotel—does not provide shuttle service for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, a variety of ride options are available. A full listing can be found on the airport website. Before departing for Cincinnati, you can also coordinate ride sharing with fellow attendees in the conference mobile app’s activity feed.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for conference sessions is business casual or religious attire but bring some casual clothes and comfortable shoes for the night out and other activities. It can get chilly in some conference rooms, so we also suggest bringing a sweater – just in case.

What should I bring with me?

  • Laptop or tablet
  • Notebook and pen (or other method of taking notes)
  • Business cards
  • Masks (masks will also be available at conference)
  • Phone charger
  • Reusable water bottle / coffee cup
  • Cash for souvenirs, cash bar, etc.
  • Sweater
  • Comfortable shoes

Also, bring samples of some of your materials to share, such as your newsletter or brochures. Leave room in your suitcase so you can take some samples from others home as well. Recommended quantity: 30. (Note: Any materials left at conference will be disposed of).

What is the Conference Kickstart?

This is the very first event of the conference! The Kickstart provides new CWR members and new conference attendees with both an introduction to conference and an opportunity to get to know other attendees. While last year marked CWR’s return to an in-person conference, not all of our members and friends who wished to attend were able to join us in Memphis. So, more experienced attendees, including those who missed out in 2021, are also most welcome to join us for this reintroduction to the live conference experience and for the opportunity to meet and welcome newcomers.

What can I expect from the welcome reception?

The welcome reception will kick off the conference on The Summit Hotel’s rooftop terrace and garden, which features stunning skyline views. Attendees will be treated to appetizers; a cash bar will be available; and games and music will further enliven the evening.

We offer a big thank you to our welcome reception sponsor, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati!

What can I expect from conference presentations?

CWR provides professional, thought-provoking and innovative plenary presentations and workshops that are lecture style with opportunity for Q&A as well as discussion at your table with CWR colleagues. This is an interactive week of activities, so bring your specific questions, projects, and concerns and be ready to share your expertise and experience as well.

Why should I attend the evening out?

You will get to know your colleagues in a different setting and make connections you might otherwise miss. Also: It’s fun! Do not miss our evening at the American Sign Museum!

Why should I download the conference mobile app?

Download the app for a dynamic, interactive conference experience! All the information and content you need will be available on the app—schedules, your workshop selections, speaker info, hotel details, photos and video, and more. While printed materials will be limited, all the tools to navigate conference (including the conference program and the CWR annual business meeting program, which are available as downloadable PDFs) will be at your fingertips on the app.

The app is also a great tool for social side of conference. Attendees arrange ride sharing in the activity feed. Groups schedule networking sessions like a millennial breakfast meet-up or a lunch gathering for Dominican communicators, as well as after-hours gatherings.

In addition, Ventla, the conference app provider, will provide on-site, in-person support in Cincinnati, beginning from the time you check in at the conference registration area!

What COVID precautions are in place for conference?

As COVID-19 continues to present concerns for many (particularly in a gathering of the size of CWR’s conference), the conference planning committee has given careful thought to ensuring the health and well-being of all attendees. Specific COVID precautions and recommendations can be found HERE.