2024 Alumni Conference

July 26-28 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Our annual Alumni Conference is an opportunity for WSP boot camp alumni to reconnect with one another, network with industry professionals and college and university admissions representatives, and gain tangible tools for personal and professional growth.

You can help propel a veteran’s future by hosting a table in our academic and professional marketplace or speaking during one of our seminars, discussions, and workshops. Click here to learn more!

Our highly anticipated Alumni Conference is returning for another extraordinary weekend of networking, workshops, learning, and unforgettable moments. Join us July 26 to July 28, as the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign takes the stage as this year’s gracious host. Stay tuned for exciting updates as the conference time draws nearer!

Can’t attend but still interested in helping support the 2024 Alumni Conference? Click here to donate exclusively to this event.

Registration for this event is closed!

Become a Sponsor!

Join us as a sponsor for our exciting 2024 Alumni Conference at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Don’t miss the chance to connect with WSP alumni, gain academic and professional visibility, and participate in a panel discussion as our distinguished speaker. As a conference sponsor, you’ll also enjoy ample exposure to the 200 student veteran alumni joining us at the event. Let’s connect, collaborate, and grow together. Become a sponsor today!

Please reach out to Jodi Black, WSP manager of institutional development, for more information.

Academic and Professional Marketplace

Calling all educators and veteran employers! Want to increase enrollment of veterans in your program? Looking to attract veteran talent to your company? Look no further than our Academic and Professional Marketplace. It’s the perfect platform to connect with veterans, engage with them in person, and share valuable resources. Don’t miss out on connecting with this unique and diverse group.

We are no longer accepting applications for our academic marketplace. 

Speakers, Exhibitors, and Presenters

Join us at our three-day conference if you are a company or organization aiming to support veterans and host a panel or seminar. Our event showcases a series of engaging activities, including guest speakers, seminars, discussions, and workshops designed to enhance the success of our esteemed alumni. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to connect with the enlisted veteran community.

We are no longer accepting proposals for speakers, exhibitors, and presenters.

IMPORTANT: If you haven’t yet completed the form to host a table in our academic marketplace or be an exhibitor, presenter, or keynote speaker, please click on the appropriate button above to start the process.

If you need more information about our 2024 Alumni Conference, please contact:

Travel Info

WSP Alums

Exciting news for our alumni! Once again, WSP will cover your lodging for the conference. This year, we’ll host you at the Illinois Street Resident Hall dorms on the beautiful University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus. WSP and our sponsors also have got you covered with food and event access. Just secure your travel, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Presenters

We have secured a block of rooms near the conference venue for our esteemed colleagues, sponsors, exhibitors, and presenters. Once sessions are confirmed by WSP’s Education Team, exhibitors and session presenters will receive information on how to book rooms.

Airport Travel

For anyone attending, we highly recommend flying into Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to make your journey convenient. The distance from the airport to UIUC is significant, but we’ve got you covered. Our complimentary shuttle, sponsored by Uber, will be waiting for you on July 26th, ready to take you to the beautiful University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign campus and back on July 28th. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity! See you there!

WSP Alums FAQs

What benefits are there by attending the alumni conference?

There are so many benefits of attending WSP’s alumni conference! You will have the opportunity to (re)connect with other WSP alums, to network with industry and academic professionals, and to learn a lot about professional and personal growth.

Is there a registration fee?

Due to generous sponsorship, there is no conference registration fee for alumni participants.

Will WSP cover my costs to get to Illinois?

Thanks to generous support from Uber, shuttle costs between Chicago O’Hare airport and University of Illinois are free for conference attendees. You are responsible for all other travel expenses (e.g. airfare, taxi, train, etc.).

If you want to attend the Friday reception, aim to get to O’Hare no later than 12PM since travel from O’Hare to UIUC is approximately 3 hours. The last Uber shuttle to UIUC on Friday will be 5PM and the last Uber shuttle to O’Hare on Sunday will be 2:30PM.

As soon as your flight is booked, visit the travel site (password 2024!) and complete the travel form found there.

I’m arriving into Chicago O’Hare late at night. Am I able to take the free Uber shuttle?

Our goal is for everyone to make it to campus prior to the Welcome Reception. Due to the length of time required to travel from the airport, we had planned for the bulk of arrivals to be in the morning before noon. There are four shuttle times and we have flexibility on those times throughout the day based on critical mass, but we cannot run a shuttle for just a few people or after 5pm.

Will WSP cover my lodging?

WSP will cover lodging at the Illinois Street Residence Hall.

What if I do not want to stay in the residence halls?

Arrangements for alumni to stay in the residence halls is at no cost to alumni. Since attendees are not required to stay in the residence halls, alumni have the option to make arrangements to stay at a nearby hotel at the alum’s expense.

This hotel is holding rooms for WSP, but it will show sold out online and if you call without referencing WSP. To book a room, please call and let them know you’re with the WSP alumni conference.

Will I have a roommate at the residence halls?

No, you will not be sharing a room with anyone. There is a possibility that you may be sharing a bathroom with everyone on your floor. Please keep this in mind when packing your toiletries (including shower shoes).

What if I need special accommodations for my room and/or on campus?

Any accommodation needs can be captured on the travel form, so please be sure to visit the travel site (password 2024!) and complete the travel form found there.

Can I bring a significant other and/or family?

We recognize that many of our alumni have significant others and families. Availability to stay in a campus residence hall is limited to WSP alum only. Therefore if your significant other is not a WSP alumni, then you will need to make arrangements to stay at a nearby hotel. Minors are not permitted to stay in the residence halls on campus. We understand that parents of young infants and caregivers may need to attend the conference and therefore ask you to reach out to alumni@warrior-scholar.org regarding your situation.

What should I bring?

The same packing list that we’d recommend for a boot camp is a great place to start.

What’s the attire?

What if I forgot to add my LinkedIn to my registration ticket, can it still be added to my name badge?

Of course! Reach out to Alyna via Slack or email: asuarez@warrior-scholar.org.

Will the sessions be recorded?

While the smaller concurrent sessions will not be recorded, we do plan to record the larger sessions such as the fireside chat and the career panel. The recordings will be edited and shared with alumni by the end of the summer or early fall.

Speakers, Exhibitors, and Presenters FAQs

Is there a registration fee?

Due to generous sponsorship, there is no conference registration fee for speakers, exhibitors, and presenters.

Will WSP cover my travel costs?

Thanks to generous support from Uber, shuttle costs between Chicago O’Hare airport and University of Illinois are free for conference attendees. You are responsible for all other travel expenses (e.g. airfare, taxi, train, etc.).

Will WSP cover my lodging?

WSP will offer a discounted rate at the TownePlace Suites.

What benefits are there by attending the alumni conference?

There are so many benefits to attending WSP’s alumni conference. For speakers, exhibitors, and presenters, you will have the opportunity to connect with a wide range of motivated veterans.

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