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General Sessions & Special Events

General Sessions

Get ready to be inspired, energized, and entertained by PLA 2022 speakers! Additional speakers and events to be announced soon. Admission to general sessions and Big Ideas sessions is included with Full Conference registrations and Exhibits-Plus badges. Single-Day registrants can attend all general sessions and Big Ideas sessions on the day for which they’ve registered.

Luvvie Ajayi Jones thumbnailOPENING SESSION WITH LUVVIE AJAYI JONES
Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 AM–10:00 AM

New York Times best-selling author, podcast host and professional troublemaker, Luvvie Ajayi Jones will kick off the PLA 2022 Conference by challenging attendees to overcome their fears and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. More…

PLA thanks OCLC for its exclusive support of this event.


Kal Penn thumbnailCLOSING SESSION WITH KAL PENN
Friday, March 25, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM

From White Castle to the White House, closing speaker Kal Penn will leave attendees charmed with his entertaining and refreshingly candid stories of Hollywood, politics, and redefining the American Dream. More…

PLA thanks T-Mobile for Education for its exclusive support of this event.


BIG IDEAS SERIES
Thursday, March 24, 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
Friday, March 25, 8:00 AM–9:00 AM

The Big Ideas Series, PLA’s version of “TED Talks,” kicks off your day with an inspiring speaker sure to challenge your mind and spark your creativity. Stay tuned for announcements on who will be taking center stage to start each morning with some Big Ideas.


Special Events

These special events will spice up your day, help you discover new ideas, and get the creativity flowing! Unless otherwise indicated below, admission to special events is included with Full Conference registrations and Exhibits-Plus badges, as well as with Single-Day registrations on the day for which they’ve registered.

EXHIBITS OPENING RECEPTION
Wednesday, March 23, 3:00 PM–6:00 PM

Get a first look at the products and services offered by more than 100 exhibiting companies… and enjoy some food and drink while you’re at it.


ALL-CONFERENCE RECEPTION
Thursday, March 24, 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

Mix and mingle with your fellow attendees at this evening of fun, food, and dancing!


EXHIBITS CLOSING RECEPTION
Friday, March 25, 1:30 PM–2:00 PM

Take one last look around the exhibits and network with vendors and colleagues during this social reception.


HOW-TO STAGE
Join us at the How-To Stage, in the Exhibits Hall, for an incredible line-up of 20-minute hands-on sessions provided by and for conference attendees!


CAREER CENTER EVENTS
Career Fair
Résumé Review
Interview Practice
Mini-Mentoring

The Career Center, in the Exhibits Hall, will have coordinated events at select times—including the Career Fair, résumé reviews, interview practice, and mini-mentoring—but will remain open during conference hours to enable job posting or impromptu interviews.

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