Fun and Networking Events


Fun and Networking Events

Learning isn't just about workshops and speakers, the conference gives you an opportunity to build relationships with and learn from more than 400 other experts in the field--your grants management colleagues. Here's a few of the fun events planned to help you do that.  And be sure to check out the list of fun local activities provided by our Host Committee. 




Give Back to the Community

Kick up your heels and kick off the conference! Get to know your colleagues while contributing some sweat equity to the San Antonio community. Building off the success of last year’s service experience in a Seattle public school, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to connect, give back, and learn about our host city from the inside. This year participants will help brighten the Family Service Association, a Head Start Center for 3-5 year olds and their families by painting, landscaping, setting up a lending library, and helping with spring cleaning.

Dress comfortably and in clothes that can take a little dirt. Transportation will depart The Westin promptly at 2:00 pm for the site and return by 5:00 pm. Participation is $40 per person and space is limited so sign up early!

(Pre-Registration Required)

In addition to the on-site work, we'll be holding a book drive for the center and all conference attendees are invited to participate.The center's new lending library needs books in English and Spanish for children 3-5 years of age and parenting books. Donate your books at the registration table at the conference.




Welcome Breakfast

Meet and reconnect with colleagues!  There will also be breakfast roundtable for newcomers (and others) to make new connections.  Seasoned GMN members will be available to answer questions about the conference and connect attendees with similar interests. 


Local Networking Lunch

Have lunch with colleagues in your regional or local area.  Tables will be marked to help you get to know each other.  


Conference Reception

Join us for an evening of food, fun, music, and a little Texas history at the Institute for Texan Cultures.  Transporation will be provided.  Many thanks to KPMG for sponsoring this event!





Meet and reconnect with colleagues who share similar interests or are working on similar issues.  A list of the roundtable topics will be provided when you check-in at the conference. 

Dine Arounds

Join your colleagues for a fun,informal night on the town.  Restaurant descriptions and sign up sheets will be posted in the Exhibitor Hall.  




Post-Conference Tour of  Historic Missions 

Immediately following the conference, clear your head and soak in area history by exploring the missions which laid the foundation for the city of San Antonio. This three-hour, guided tour visits Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. Sign up when you register for the conference. Click here for more information.

(Pre-Registration Required)