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Please read this document carefully in its entirety.  It should answer all of your questions regarding your workshop presentation.

As the submitter of a workshop accepted for presentation at the NAMI National Convention, you will act as the coordinator for all the presenters you have invited to participate.  Unless you indicated otherwise in your proposal, you will be listed in the program as the workshop moderator. 

As the coordinator of your workshop, your responsibilities include the following:

  • Establish close contact with each of your presenters and provide them with all the information they need for the workshop presentation.  Each participant for whom you listed an e-mail address will receive an e-mail notice informing that the workshop has been accepted and providing a link for them to register for the convention. You should contact each of your speakers personally.  We are relying on you to follow up with your participants to ensure they receive and understand all the information about your workshop presentation.  You and your co-presenters can register for the convention by clicking here and entering the code in the e-mail sent to you on March 2nd from Connie Schantz. 
  • Remind all participants that NAMI is a non-profit organization and has no funds available to support travel, hotel, or other expenses for workshop presenters.  All workshop presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel, and other expenses.  Each speaker in your workshop will need to make and pay for their own hotel reservations and travel arrangements for the convention.  For further information regarding hotel and travel arrangements, please click here
  • All presenters must register for the convention Presenters receive a specially discounted registration fee of $150.00 for the full convention ($100.00 for consumer-presenters).  Each of your speakers must register by March 31st to be eligible for this discounted registration fee.  If a speaker is attending only on the day of your workshop presentation, he or she will receive a complimentary registration for that day only.  To register for the convention, please click here and enter the code in the e-mail sent to you on March 2nd from Connie Schantz.
  • Your workshop description will be edited for publication in the final program for the convention.  You will get a chance to approve this edited version before it is published.  Once you receive the edited version, you will need to respond promptly with an approval or suggestions for further changes.
  • NAMI highly encourages the use of hand-outs to supplement any audio-visual presentations you plan to use.  Experience has taught us that convention attendees are anxious to take material home with them from the convention to share with others.  We recommend 75 copies of any hand-out.  NAMI will reimburse you up to $30.00 for copying expenses after the convention, if you submit a receipt.
  • If you add, delete, or replace a presenter in your workshop, you MUST notify the NAMI Convention Department, in writing, as soon as the change is made.  Please make every effort to avoid changes in your workshop presenters.  If a change must be made, please send the new participant’s name, job title, employer, city and state, and e-mail address.  If they are replacing someone listed in your original proposal, clearly indicate whom they are replacing.

We are depending you to be the primary contact between the NAMI Convention Department and your workshop participants.  It is very important that you convey information about the convention and your presentation to all your presenters in a timely and accurate manner.  If you cannot fulfill this responsibility for any reason, please designate someone else in your workshop who can.  That person will then need to immediately establish contact with me.

I will be in touch with you closer to the meeting date to confirm final arrangements for your presentation.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me in the meantime with any questions you may have.  You can contact me:

                  By e-mail (preferred):
                  By phone:                    703/516-7986
                  By fax:                         703/516-0692

We appreciate your contribution to the success of NAMI’s National Convention.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,
Connie Schantz
NAMI Convention Director


contact Connie Schantz at or (703) 524-7600

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