We have seven different tracks, over 90 sessions, upwards of 1,500 people an exhibitor hall, a chess tournament, breakfasts, salons, happy hours—we even have a water slide! As an associate member, it is sometimes difficult to know which Annual Meeting offerings are for you and how you can connect with state think tanks.

So here are some pro-tips from associate members who have become seasoned Annual Meeting attendees:


Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union

“Try to think of ways that your organization might be helpful to SPN groups. These are extremely usy people and while they’ll almost certainly be thrilled to hear about your work, try to think ahead of time about how your research and projects might match up with things they’re working on.”


Carrie Conko, Vice President of Communications, State Policy Network

“When I was an associate member, I always wanted easy and early access to the attendee list and agenda so that I could set up meetings in advance of Annual Meeting. With the 25th SPN Annual Meeting App, attendees can access that information now and begin interacting today.”



Jonathan Williams, ALEC Chief Economist & Vice President of the Center for State Fiscal Reform

“Make new friends: Even if you are an introvert (insert tax economist joke here), make a point to introduce yourself to those you haven’t met. Our network is always growing and is filled with new faces of people doing amazing things in the states.”


Also, be sure to add these sessions to your schedule:

These sessions are great opportunities to learn how to work with state think tanks and connect with them at Annual Meeting.

Finally, power up your networking skills!

Networking Ribbon Board
New this year, our networking ribbons will help you highlight your expertise and interests so that you can network more easily with others who share similar backgrounds and interests. Visit our Networking Ribbon Board at registration.

Attendee Roster: The Annual Meeting Connector
The attendee roster is now available on SPN’s Member Portal as a searchable directory of fellow conference-goers. Find attendees by name, title, or organization. Search the roster in advance of the meeting to schedule those coffee dates! 

To access the Annual Meeting Connector, you must have a registered account on SPN’s Member Portal. Go here to request an account or log in here if you already have one. Please sign up with an organization or company email and allow us 24-48 hours to approve your account request. You will receive an email confirmation once your account is approved.

Have questions or want to chat about associate opportunities at SPN’s Annual Meeting? Contact Sarah C. Keenan, SPN’s Coalitions Manager.