Conference Tips & Things to Do

Welcome to San Diego!

Below are a few tips for enjoying the GPA Conference.

Conference Attire
Most conference participants wear casual business attire for day and evening events.

Autumn weather in San Diego is mild.
November Average Temperatures
Highs - 67-71 degrees
Lows - 52-56 degrees

Expo Hall
GPA's Expo Hall features products and services that can help you succeed in the grants profession. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards and stop by and visit all of the exhibit booths. For 2017, the Expo Hall will aslo feature one of our Discussion Den areas as well as a Demo Den to learn about products to help assist you in your work as a grant profession from select vendors.

First Timers
GPA welcomes individuals who are either new to grant writing or attending the Annual Conference for the first time. Special programs such as the First Timers Webinar offered two weeks before the conference (watch for an email) and the Conference Navigators program, introduces newcomers to GPA and to the Annual Conference.

The Annual Conference is an exceptional venue for peer networking, exchanging best practices and tips, and making life-long friendships. We offer a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening as well as discussion style workshops and all meals are geared specifically toward networking with other attendees. Bring your business cards and be ready to mingle. 

Optional Activities - 
Each evening of the conference there are optional events offered. On Wednesday evening after the Welcome Reception, there is a Social Media Reception where you can learn more about using social media tools as well as meet those you only know online! Thursday evening our affiliate, the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) hold their annual reception and is also the evening we encourage our chapters to host an evening event. Friday evening will be our Beach Bash! This is included in the cost of your registration and is another opportunity to network with the colleagues you have met all week.

Things to Do & See In San Diego

Far Pic: Whale Watching (Courtesy Joanne DiBona
Near Pic: Girls Feeding Dolphins (Courtesy SeaWorld)

Bring your family or spouse along to the conference! There is plenty for them to do and see while you are in workshops! Learn more at


Additional Helpful Sites
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