I started at Quirk’s exactly three weeks before the first day of the Quirk’s Chicago event. Not to mention I had never been to a professional conference. I did know a little, however, about what to expect for those few days. I was told about all the networking, sessions and various events after the conference. 

One thing I did not expect was how much fun it was going to be. I had a blast! I met some awesome people from all over the world. I learned about market research, which I needed to do as I am new to it. I also had a unique opportunity to bond with my co-workers. 

The networking opportunities and the sessions offered were the best parts of this event in my opinion. 

Prior to leaving Minneapolis for Chicago, I told myself I would go to as many networking events and talk to as many people as possible. I am not an outgoing person when it comes to large groups, but I wanted to meet as many people as possible to learn from them. 

Luckily, I started off strong in my goal. I attended the Women in Research (WIRe) event the evening before the first day. 

The WIRe event was fun! The venue was beautiful. It was held at IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge, which had an amazing rooftop view. There was also tasty food and drinks. I met quite a few lovely women while there. It was great to then see them in the expo hall and continue our conversations. 

The next day, I was able to meet a few people while working at the Quirk’s Award booth. It was fun to chat about the awards, meet some previous judges and hear from people excited to enter. 

The MR Jam Session after the first day of the conference was a blast! There was great food, drinks and music. There are so many talented people in market research. I had fun bonding with my own co-workers as well as meeting some other attendees. 

Finally, on the last day of the conference, I walked around the expo hall and meet a few more people. It was...