Why is TEI’s Midyear Conference virtual?

  • Given the ongoing spread of COVID-19 infection and the current general health authority guidance to avoid large gatherings, we decided the best way to protect our members, conference attendees, speakers, sponsors and staff was by offering a virtual Midyear Conference.

What’s changed from the 2020 Annual Conference to the 2021 Midyear?

  • The biggest change you’ll notice is the schedule. We’ve gone from 3 days to 4, starting each day at 10:00 am Eastern, and not running as late into the evening.

What will it cost?

  • There are 4 different pricing options. (All prices in US funds)
Live +

Access to live program and all sessions on-demand after the Conference (for one year)

Non Member$900
Member in transition/Member Emeritus$350

Access to all sessions of the live program only (no on-demand)

Non Member$650
Member in transition/ Member Emeritus$200
Session package

A bundle of Canadian sessions (live only)

Non Member$450
Member in transition/ Member Emeritus$100
Per session

Purchase just the session(s) you plan to attend (live only)

Non Member$150
Member in transition/ Member Emeritus$50

How do I register?

  • Registration is closed for #MY21.

I registered for the Conference – but how do I access it?

  • Registrants will receive an email 24 hours before the Conference starts with a link and details on logging in.

I’ve lost my job, am I eligible for a reduced rate?

  • TEI is offering a reduced “member-in-transition” rate for TEI members who are currently unemployed, for any reason. If you are a TEI member and currently unemployed, please email memberinfo@tei.org to change your membership status so you can receive the benefit of this reduced rate.

If I register but then am unable to attend, can I get a refund?

  • TEI requires that all cancellations must be made via email by 4:00 pm ET on March 8, 2021, and will be subject to an administrative service charge of $25 (U.S.). No refunds will be made for cancellations received after 4:00 pm ET March 8, 2021, and for no-shows. To cancel, please send an email to meetings@tei.org. In the event of cancellation or over-subscription of the conference, TEI’s liability is limited to the return of the registration fee. There will be a $15 substitution fee assessed if you would like to change registrants – email requests to meetings@tei.org.

Will the dates remain the same?

  • After receiving feedback from the Annual Conference on the length of days and time zone challenges, we have added an extra day to the conference. The conference will be held from March 22 – 25, 2021. TEI business meetings, such as the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Standing Committee meetings will be held March 18 – 19, 2021.

How will the Conference operate?

  • Visit the What to Expect page for a sense of the conference’s look and feel. The Conference will have a live help desk and an online resource page with FAQs and tips for success.

How do I have the best Virtual Conference experience?

  • TEI recommends connecting your computer or mobile device to a Wi-Fi network or ethernet cable. Cellular connections may experience degraded service. We recommend using the Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Will all Conference sessions be live, or will any be pre-recorded?

  • The sessions will be a mix of pre-recorded and live. HOWEVER, all speakers and moderators will be live during each session to answer questions and engage with participants. Each session will have a Q&A capability to enable you to ask specific questions of the speakers and a chat to get input from your peers.

So much of attending a live Conference is networking and making new connections with peers. How can I do that in a virtual environment?

  • There are so many opportunities and ways to connect with your peers! There is a networking lounge (available from the Lobby or through the navigation bar at the top of your screen) where you can engage in conversations with other attendees participating in the lounge.  You can also see all attendees that are logged in to the Conference and initiate one-on-one chats with them. As for our Sponsor Exhibitors, each virtual booth has a live chat feature where you can engage directly with professionals from the companies represented.

Will the schedule be similar to other Midyear Conferences in the past?

  • You can now access the preliminary program. The program is similar to TEI’s live Conferences – there are plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, issue forums, and all the other things you’ve come to expect from TEI. The schedule also includes breaks to allow time to visit Exhibitors, catch up on email, or address other work matters without missing any educational time.

How can I secure event updates?

  • We will post key updates on the News and Updates page, and on TEI’s Twitter and LinkedIn accounts using #MY21and #TEIVirtualMY21.

Are you still using the TEI conference app?

  • No – the app won’t be necessary in this virtual environment. The full schedule will be available on the Conference website and once you enter the Conference Lobby. Slides and other handouts will be available for download in each session.

Will you be posting live updates on your social media accounts?

Will all TEI events be virtual for the rest of this year?

  • All TEI events will remain virtual until at least April 1, 2021, including Region & Chapter programs. We continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, WHO and local health officials and will reevaluate the situation in the Spring of 2021.

What sponsorship opportunities are available?

  • We have several levels of sponsorship available, from Endorsing Sponsor to Platinum Sponsor. Details of our sponsorship program can be found in our Sponsorship Brochure. You can also email Lisa Samuels with questions or for information.