Get Ready to Experience Social Networking in a New Way at the 2022 Annual Meeting Live+

Published: April 20, 2022

INTA has gone all out this year to schedule a plethora of social activities at the 2022 Annual Meeting Live+ that introduce a whole new means of networking, having fun, and experiencing the best of Washington, D.C. Combined with the Association’s traditional Grand Finale, the events offer appealing ways to connect and reconnect with registrants at the in-person Meeting.

The agenda includes social activities at various times throughout the week, beginning April 30. An INTA Meeting badge is required for entry to all events, and, although not required, the Association recommends that registrants wear masks while attending activities during the Meeting.

This year, the Association is presenting Business Development (BD) Excursions designed to bring registrants together through mutual interests, shared knowledge, and the adventure of trying something new. The BD excursion categories are experience, taste, and wellness, and include interactive opportunities to share feedback and get to know other participants.

Unlike excursions at past Annual Meetings, this year’s offerings are for registrants only, to facilitate greater networking while enjoying the sites and ambiance of the nation’s capital city. Registrants need to preregister, and spots are limited (some have already sold out). Fees are non-refundable, but substitutions are allowed at any point. Please contact us for substitutions or visit INTA’s Information Desk at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the locale for the Annual Meeting.

April 30, 4:00 pm7:00 pm EDT
Socialize and celebrate play at this engaging happy hour event! You will have access to the tennis tables and lounge furniture in center court. A table tennis pro will be on site to guide you, providing tips and tricks of the trade! You will enjoy deliciously designed bar snacks as you mix, mingle, and engage in some friendly competition.
Price: US $185

April 30, 7:00 pm9:30 pm EDT
The best thing to experience when visiting the nation’s capital is the magnificent monuments and memorials on the National Mall when they come alive at night. Sightseers will first head over the river to the Iwo Jima Memorial, along the way seeing the Jefferson Memorial, Memorial Bridge, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Kennedy Center. The tour will continue back to D.C., stopping at the U.S. Capitol, the World War II Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial, and passing by the White House and the Washington Monument.
Price: US $139

May 1, 1:00 pm4:00 pm EDT
Participants are in for a spirited delight from the colorful, modern design of the distillery to the reborn spirits. Enjoy tasting with fellow registrants at a thriving distillery in Ivy City, which produces the finest range of sweet to bitter liqueurs. The experience includes a tour of the facility and tastings of 16 products, with the facilitator encouraging guests to switch neighbors throughout the tasting.
Price: US $165

May 2, 7:00 am7:45 am EDT
Join this fun class for a spin on the classic morning yoga offering while getting to know others in this interactive and playful yoga session, which includes partnering up for an array of beginner-assisted poses. From stretching your levels of trust to strengthening your communication, partner yoga can help build lasting, positive connections.
Price: US $50

May 2, 12:30 pm4:30 pm EDT
In this more-than-one-mile walking tour through the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., participants will taste cuisine from various local eateries and burn off calories while paying tribute to the 1920s era, when the neighborhood was the District’s local food commerce area. A knowledgeable food guide will share the history, architecture, and culture of the Georgetown area while stopping for tastings at off-the-beaten-path eateries. Eat, learn, and enjoy the city while learning about local culinary artisans and each other.
Price: US $229

May 2, 2:00 pm4:00 pm EDT
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the historically preserved Georgian Revival home of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and his wife, Edith. From the elegant drawing room to “the best closets in Washington,” visitors will be enthralled by the thoughtful design of this turn-of-the-century house. Enjoy playing table games in the grand parlor while mingling and traveling back to another era.
Price: US $62

May 3, 7:00 am8:00 am EDT
Start off the day with an invigorating bodyweight workout. Workout enthusiasts will partner up and rotate through bodyweight workout stations, from wall sits/triceps dips to assisted squats and high-five squat jumps to assisted leg kicks, and more. This morning of “sweat” working also includes sprint running competitions and other fun interactive elements.
Price: US $56

May 3, 3:00 pm5:00 pm EDT
Spend an afternoon along the Washington, D.C., Whiskey Rebellion Trail, and enjoy a private tour and tasting at a beloved local distillery, One Eight Distilling, set in a red-brick warehouse. The gin, vodka, and whiskey maker will cover where ingredients come from, milling to distilling, and the barrel aging process and selection—with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and taste along the way. Guests will be encouraged to ask their neighbor’s feedback on the spirits they taste and share with the group.
Price: US $165

May 4, 1:00 pm4:00 pm EDT
Explore Old Town Alexandria, a quaint historic district just on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and National Harbor. This private tour includes an archaeologist’s introduction to archaeology in Alexandria, a visit to an archaeological site, and a walking tour of Old Town Alexandria sites, including historic Christ Church, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and the world-renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Price: US $95

Business Development Lounge

INTA’s Business Development Lounge, a new locale, will serve up “Let’s Get Social Networking.” On tap are various activities that lend themselves to both having fun and networking.

The offerings range from classic pastimes like playing JENGA and card games, to IP Bingo and Motivational Monday, in which INTA invites registrants to post their favorite quote on a Wonderwall. Plus, food aficionados can partake in a recipe exchange and a health drink tasting at a juice bar.

Limited spots are available for each activity; see the full schedule and sign up here.

Grand Finale
May 4, 7:00 pm‒11:00 pm EDT

Past Annual Meeting registrants will agree that there is no better way to cap off the Annual Meeting than the Grand Finale. Always held at an iconic venue in the host city, the Grand Finale this year continues that tradition. INTA will host the Grand Finale at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, both housed in a gloriously renovated National Historic Landmark building.

Located at 8th and G Streets NW, the building is a three-minute walk from the Convention Center. To reduce our carbon footprint, INTA will not be providing a shuttle service this year.

With a focus on modern art, the interactive and engaging Grand Finale will captivate partygoers with live entertainment, interactive photo booths, and art-inspired food stations.

Official INTA After-Party
May 4, 11:00 pm–3:00 am EDT

For those who want to continue the night out, INTA will host its Official After-Party at the Ultrabar, a go-to destination for high-energy nightlife. The chic venue is located at 911 F Street NW, a two-minute walk from the Grand Finale.

The after-party is a 21 and over, cash bar event; the club will also offer bottle service so attendees can order for themselves and their clients! There is no cover charge to enter the after-party, but an INTA Meeting badge is required for entry.

Virtual Social Activities

For those registrants forgoing the in-person gathering in Washington, D.C., the Virtual Only platform also offers various opportunities to connect with peers in a social atmosphere. These social activities are included in the Virtual Only registration fee. Preregistration is not required, but preferred.

Virtual Vino
May 2, 11:30 am–12:30 pm EDT
With this activity, a certified sommelier will recommend in advance five different wines to sample at home. Throughout the session, participants will enjoy learning about wine while connecting with others.

A World Tour of Chocolate
May 3, 10:15 am–11:15 am EDT
This session will offer a brief history of chocolate’s origins, followed by a deep discussion of how cacao spread around the world, from South America to Europe. There will be demonstrations of chocolate treats from around the world, and registrants will be provided with a list of the chocolates featured.

Body Bootcamp
May 4, 8:00 am–9:00 am EDT
Join colleagues for a full-body, strength-based, functional movements workout with a hint of cardio. Equipment needed: bench or couch, dumbbells, and a yoga mat (optional).

For in-person or Virtual Only activities that require preregistration, add them here. Last day to register for the Annual Meeting Live+ and add-ons is April 22, 11:59 pm EDT.

Although every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of this article, readers are urged to check independently on matters of specific concern or interest.

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