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46 SMT007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2022 Feature Article by Alicia Balonek IPC INTERNATIONAL If the past two years have emphasized anything, it would be the importance and value of face- to-face networking at events. Face-to-face interactions help create lasting relationships with new connections and help strengthen existing relationships with industry friends and colleagues. ousands of industry leaders, manufacturing innovators, and subject matter experts from across the globe will convene in San Diego for IPC APEX EXPO 2023, making it the place to be to help you connect with representatives from the entire electronics manufacturing supply chain. We have a full line-up of networking events planned for IPC APEX EXPO 2023 that you don't want to miss. Show Floor Reception Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5 to 6 p.m. The industry's largest networking event, the IPC APEX EXPO Show Floor Reception, is your oppor- tunity to network with industry colleagues and con- nect with the industry's leading equipment manu- facturers, suppliers, and innovators. Included in all registration packages, including the Event Essen- tials tier (Exhibit Hall-only registrations). Ice Cream Social Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Satisfy your sweet tooth while networking with industry colleagues, subject matter experts, and the industry's leading equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and innovators. Included in all registra- tion packages, including the Event Essentials tier (Exhibit Hall-only registrations). Newcomers Welcome Reception, Sponsored by SICK Monday, Jan. 23, 5 to 6 p.m. Maximize your time at IPC APEX EXPO with some advice from a few insiders while you enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with your colleagues and learn how you and your company can get the most out of your attendance at IPC APEX EXPO 2023. Included in all registration packages, including the Event Essentials tier (Exhibit Hall-only registrations). Reconnecting the Social Network Women in Electronics Reception Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m. "Where Are All the Women in STEM?" Emily Calandrelli, mechanical and aerospace engineer, host and co-producer of "Emily's Won- der Lab" on Netflix, and executive producer and host of "Xploration Outer Space" on FOX will pro- vide insights on how women in STEM can play a more active role in introducing young females to the opportunities available to them for a career in STEM. Included in all registration packages, including the Event Essentials tier (Exhibit Hall-only registrations). Career Connections Networking Event (new this year) Wednesday, Jan. 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This networking event will provide an opportunity to meet your colleagues and peers in the electron- ics industry. Special guests from the Emerging Engi- neer program will lead a discussion on falling into your career by taking risks and looking for opportu- nities. Bring your questions and your colleagues to this event to either listen in or share your best (and worst) career decisions and how those decisions have both shaped where you are today and deter- mined where you want to be in the future. Advance/ separate registration required. SMT007 Alicia Balonek is senior director for trade shows and events at IPC.

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