We’ve all been missing the opportunity to network with friends and colleagues during live meetings over the past year. ASTRO is eager to provide you with ample opportunities to network and connect in person at the live 2021 ASTRO Annual Meeting as well as virtually on our new Digital XP platform. Here are some of the ways you can develop and strengthen your personal and professional connections and relationships.
Annual Meeting Career Center
Employers and job seekers: A new ASTRO Career Center will be launched on September 9! Employers attending the Annual Meeting will want to take advantage of the updated Annual Meeting job posting and appointment scheduling features, as well as introductory pricing. Job seekers, be sure to post your résumé on the Career Center. Whether attending the Annual Meeting as an employer or a job seeker, don’t miss the opportunity to connect with potential candidates or your new employer!
Business Meeting and Luncheon
All ASTRO voting members (Active, Affiliate and International members) are invited to attend the Annual Business Meeting where Society leaders will discuss topics of interest to the membership. Enjoy lunch with your fellow members and learn the latest from ASTRO. Tuesday, October 26, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in room W183, Level 1.
The ASTRO Digital XP platform has opportunities for networking built in. Once you’ve logged into the platform and completed your profile, you can connect with in-person and virtual attendees. You will have the ability to search for your colleagues and request and schedule video calls with individuals or small groups. Digital XP attendees and all full-registration meeting attendees have access to Digital XP so the potential to connect with other attendees is great. There are also other opportunities to connect via chat during Digital XP Live and Digital XP SimuLive sessions hosted on the platform. Interact with your peers during sessions and then, reach out to set up meetings to get to know one another better.
An important and popular part of the ASTRO Annual Meeting each year is the Exhibit Hall, where key decision-makers explore the latest products and services to improve their practices. This is an opportunity for attendees to network with industry partners, view product demonstrations and ask questions about new products and trends on the horizon.
A job board will be available in the Central Concourse on level 3 with an interactive connection to the new ASTRO Career Center. Employers who are attending the Annual Meeting can flag job postings online prior to the meeting and connect with job seekers on site. Job seekers may bring copies of their resumes to post on the on-site job board, in addition to posting it online.
ASTRO invites all members, from Students through Emeritus, to enroll as a mentor or mentee in our new Mentor Match program. This online networking and career development tool helps ASTRO members find, connect and share experiences with other members. Mentor Match uses an automated process to facilitate matches between mentors and mentees based on search criteria you provide during enrollment.
Already enrolled? Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet up during the ASTRO Annual Meeting. The MyASTROApp can help you connect and schedule a meeting time. Look for the areas set aside in the convention center to meet up, including the ASK ASTRO Booth located on Level 3, Central Concourse of McCormick Place West and in the Exhibit Hall.
Connect with colleagues using the app’s networking feature. Annual Meeting attendees are listed in the MyASTROApp. “Request a Friend” or “Request a Meeting” using the App. MyASTROApp syncs with the Annual Meeting Conference planner and will store the sessions you have bookmarked, exhibitor meetings scheduled and other appointments created on either platform. With MyASTROApp you can have your most up-to-date schedule and meeting information at your fingertips.
MyASTROApp will be available for download from your app store mid-August.
Private Interview Rooms
Private interview rooms are available for rent. These rooms are ideal if you have multiple interviews to conduct or prefer to interview applicants in a private setting. A limited number of private interview rooms are available for three-hour increments. For more information, contact Todd Karstaedt. When on-site, stop by the Ask ASTRO booth located in the Central Concourse to check availability.
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New this year, share your positivity and improve your mindset by reading positive notes from others. We invite you to take a notecard and pin from the Radiate Positivity station and write and post your note of positivity. While you’re there, snap a photo and share it on social media using #ASTRO21. Stop back often to read positive words from your fellow attendees. Located on Level 3, Central Concourse.
ROhub 2021 Annual Meeting Community
The Annual Meeting community is back again this year to bring you the latest news and updates leading up to and during the meeting via Daily Digests. Upon registration, full-registration meeting attendees receive a welcome email from ASTRO President Laura Dawson, MD, FASTRO, detailing community benefits. The community covers topics such as meeting highlights, presenter’s personal takes on their respective sessions and more. From interacting with fellow attendees and presenters to receiving the latest news straight to your inbox, ROhub has something for everyone. The community is a great place to pose any questions you have about the meeting to other attendees and ASTRO staff. Attendees can utilize the Contact Request feature to send private messages to colleagues attending the meeting, all through ROhub.
Attendees can access the Annual Meeting community using their ASTRO.org login credentials. For new and former attendees who need a refresher on the ROhub platform, instructions such as how to navigate around or change your digest subscription can be found in the community library. For additional assistance with ROhub, contact Community Manager Laura Hinely.
Follow ASTRO on social media for the latest updates and announcements before, during and after the Annual Meeting. Use #ASTRO21 to follow along and get involved in discussions related to the Annual Meeting. Our Social Champions will help us keep the Annual Meeting excitement and conversation going. Learn more about our social media and use of hashtags.
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The Zen Den returns with enhanced activities that promote well-being, work-life balance and stress management for developing habits for a healthier lifestyle. Stop by the Zen Den, located in Room W180 on level 1, to explore a variety of wellness resources that include testing essential oils, posture evaluation, stretching and relaxation techniques and more.