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Congress Orientation

A must for first-timers, a Congress Orientation Session will help make Congress one of the most rewarding experiences of your career! This session is presented by Congress veterans who will show you how to learn, network, and make the most out of your Congress experience. Orientation is Monday, May 15, 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Chapter Exchange Reception

Join us for an interactive networking session where you can meet peers from more than 130 active APA chapters. Take this opportunity to meet APA's Board of Advisors from each of the nine regions and discuss how to make your chapter a success. This exciting event takes place Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Chapter Pictorials

Video monitors throughout the convention center will showcase all of the creative and colorful local chapter pictorial presentations that were entered in the 2017 Chapter Pictorial Contest. Each unique photo montage slide show reflects the activities and events APA's individual chapters participated in throughout 2016.

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Annual Business Meeting

Held on Tuesday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., the American Payroll Association's Annual Business Meeting is open to all association members.

Awards Ceremonies

Members are the lifeblood of the APA. The success of the association and the advancement of both the payroll and AP professions are not possible without the efforts of our volunteers. APA will honor these exceptional achievers in special awards ceremonies on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Chapter Awards

The Chapter Contest Awards will be announced during the Chapter Exchange Reception, on Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Be there to hear about all of the Chapters' success and hard work and see who will win the coveted Chapter of the Year Award. Let's celebrate all of the 2016 chapter accomplishments.

Social Media @ Congress

Expand your network and meet social media enthusiasts at the Congress Tweet Up, Monday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Need some social media training? Stop by the Tweet Up or Meet Up at the APA booth during the Expo Cocktail Receptions on Wednesday and Thursday to learn how to expand your online network. Be sure to use #paycon on your social media posts.

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Strut Your Stuff

Get ready to rock 'n' roll at the Payrollpalooza Party! Show off your rockstar status by dressing like your favorite musical artist or pop group. Compete in one of the following categories: Rockstar Legend, Pop Superstar, Grungiest Grunge Attire, Most Chill Hip Hop Artist, and the Best Rock Group. NEW for 2017 -- the first vendor-only group costume category: the Best Rock Group. Judging will take place during the Expo Cocktail Reception onThursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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New Workshops Added to the Lineup

In order to keep up with the ever-changing payroll and accounts payable industries, 32 new workshops have been added to this year's educational lineup. There are more than 180 different workshops to choose from!

Women in Leadership Series

You have unlimited potential when it comes to what you can achieve. All it takes is the right attitude, the right plan, the right opportunities, and the right tools. You're invited to join Dr. Shirley Davis and other professional women from your industry for a professional development event with in-depth discussions and interactive exercises designed to engage and inspire high-performing women leaders toward accelerating their leadership abilities. Dr. Davis is well versed in Business and Organizational Management with a specialization in Leadership. After attending two double sessions Wednesday and Thursday, earn 6 RCHs and a Certificate of Completion.

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Expo and Learning Lounge

In one convenient place you will find a wide array of world-class vendors with the latest products, technologies, and services you require to enhance your operational efficiency and reduce costs! Don't miss the Expo Grand Opening Dessert Extravaganza & Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, May 17.

"Lean in" and enhance your education by visiting the Expo Learning Lounge. You'll uncover opportunities to discover additional insight on payroll topics, share with peers, and engage with experts to ensure you can conquer the payroll journey to compliance.

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Congress App

Download the free Congress 2017 smart phone app to view the latest schedule, look up details on speakers and sessions, search for Expo information, and much more!

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Congress Today

APA's award-winning show daily has been redesigned for 2017! Congress Today is now a combination printed magazine and blog, providing timely news stories on conference events and photo coverage to enhance your Annual Congress experience. Use this important onsite resource -- both in print and online -- for important Congress news and highlights. Monday through Saturday, go to the Congress Today blog for award announcements and additional Congress Today stories. Look for the printed magazine Wednesday through Friday.

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Spouse and Guest Information Meeting

All guests of registered participants are invited to a special spouse and guest program on Tuesday, May 16, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. To help guests make the most of their stay in the Orlando area, representatives from local attractions will share highlights from some of the city's most popular sites.

Focus Tracks

Focus Tracks take you on a deeper dive on specific topics within the payroll curriculum. Successfully completing all workshops within the selected designated Focus Track will give you a better understanding of the specific topic from subject matter experts. Details

Support the American Heart Association

The APA is proud to support the American Heart Association (AHA) at the 35th Annual Congress. A voluntary donation to the AHA can be made at the Tribute Show.

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Earn up to 26.5 CPE Credits

CPAs can earn up to 26.5 CPE credits for attending each Pre-Congress session, applicable General Sessions, and workshop sessions.

Recertification Credit Hours

FPC and CPP designation holders can earn up to 26.5 RCHs for attending this conference, and up to an additional 15 RCHs for attending Virtual Congress. See page 51 for more information.

HR General Recertification Credit Hours

This program has been approved for 32.5 HR General recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

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