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National Conference FAQ - please reference first if you have any questions!
Join us for the second National Fair Trade Campaigns Conference this Fall! The conference will bring together leaders and organizers from Fair Trade Town and Fair Trade College & University campaigns of all stages, as well as newcomers to the Fair Trade movement. The goal of this conference is to deepen the local grassroots commitment to Fair Trade around the US and build partnerships locally that help facilitate life-changing benefits for farmers, workers and artisans in Africa, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean. This October, Fair Trade enthusiasts from all over the country will come together to share experiences and resources, sharpen leadership skills, and build momentum for Fair Trade. The program will include keynote speakers, producer panels and spotlights, plenary, breakout and networking sessions.
- Conference Program & Speakers
- Evening Events
Check out the excitement of last year's conference captured in this video.
Hotel Room Block
The Conference will be hosted at Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center, conveniently located near the Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Due to the limited availability of rooms on reserve at a discounted rate for the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference, we encourage you to book soon and look into rooming with other attendees. Thank you for your understanding, and check out the "Room Share" forum if you are in search of a roommate.
* The special conference hotel room rate is automated using the provided URL.
** Mention the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference and receive the special conference hotel room rate.
Travel Stipend Application
PLEASE NOTE: You must register for the conference before applying!
We are pleased to offer limited financial assistance for the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference to allow students, leaders, organizers, and Fair Trade enthusiasts to offset travel and accommodations. It's easy to apply! Once you have registered online, fill out the Travel Stipend Application and e-mail or fax it to the address provided in the application.
We appreciate your patience as the information on hotel accommodation and travel stipend were being finalized, and we hope to see you there!
Upon checking in at the conference, you'll also be signing up for specific workshops at registration. In order to let you and your campaign get a good idea of which sessions could be most beneficial to you, please click on the link above for the 2012 conference schedule. Please be sure to review this with your steering committee before the conference. Make the most of this expereince for your team by attending workshops that fit your needs and dividing up your team to attend multiple sessions.
PLEASE NOTE: You will also receive a conference program at registration.
Thanks to our sponsors for helping us fulfill travel stipend requests and letting the attendees take home the best goodie bags ever!
Bring your holiday shopping list!
Fair Trade retailers and wholesalers from the Chicago area, as well as Fair Trade campaigns across the country, will be selling their products at the conference marketplace!There is never a better way to give during the holiday season - bring your list and get your shopping done early!
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