The Aspire Conference is free for Carthage students, faculty, and staff. Pre-registration for the conference is preferred but not required. The Tuesday and Wednesday sessions over lunch are the only portions of the conference that requires pre-registration with limited seats, so be sure to register by Sept. 20. Students will have first priority.

No. The Aspire Conference and all of its programs, sessions, and events are free for Carthage students, faculty, and staff.

Come as you are. We hope you will attend between your classes and practices, so no need to bring extra clothes. If you would like to practice wearing your professional attire, please feel free to wear business casual or business professional attire as there are many formal and informal networking opportunities!

Whether you have five minutes or two hours to participate, we welcome your participation and look forward to you being there. While not “officially” required, you may have some professors who will incorporate elements of The Aspire Conference into the scope of your academic work.

We anticipate many faculty members will be eager to blend the conference sessions with your classroom experiences, so follow the direction of your faculty members. Given the flexibility of the Aspire Conference schedule, you should NOT plan to skip class to attend the conference. Your coursework comes first.

Yes, and there are some perks if you pre-register! Registrants receive free conference swag and insider information. While pre-registration is encouraged, the free lunch sessions are the only events requiring pre-registration. Same-day registration is available (for all sessions, except lunch sessions ) in the TWC Lobby, and feel free to drop in and participate in the Activity Hubs situated across campus.

Be eager to step into new spaces with new people and allow yourself the space to explore and learn. We also encourage you to read the full schedule in advance and think about the varying opportunities to engage throughout the conference that may seem to spark a unique interest for you.

They may. Get there early, and be sure to have a backup plan for another session you’d like to attend. Note that Activity Hubs are always open.

We appreciate your understanding that, while the conference is meant to be a fun and engaging experience, you are expected to be a positive representative of the Carthage community.