Connections, Community, and Innovation: The Heartland Conference's Networking Experience

Published in Member Communities on April 10, 2024

Connections, Community, and Innovation: The Heartland Conference's Networking Experience

The VGM Heartland Conference stands out as a premier event, celebrated for its exceptional networking opportunities and memorable social events. It's a place where opportunities emerge through the power of community. Every year, the Heartland Conference brings together members, vendors, and thought leaders through top-notch educational sessions and extensive networking events. This unforgettable conference is a one-of-a-kind experience for professionals seeking growth and connection. 

Discover the networking events planned below, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to register for Heartland here

First Day of Fun 

Start the conference off with some fun by signing up for the following events taking place on Monday, June 10. (Some of these items require signing up in advance, and events with an additional fee to participate are noted with an *.)  

  • A Journey Through VGM’s Headquarters - Journey through the halls of VGM and learn how to maximize your membership. 
  • Van G. Miller Golf Tournament* - Enjoy 18 holes of golf at Waterloo’s premier golf facility during the Van G. Miller Memorial Golf Tournament. 
  • John Deere Assembly Plant Tour – These factory tours provide a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most modern and efficient factories in the world. See how all the pieces come together on these interesting and informative factory tours, as well as how they’ve built their reputation for unmatched quality. 
  • Three Pines Farm* - Join us for a unique yoga experience in the heart of Iowa. You'll practice yoga for 45 minutes in our historic family barn, surrounded by farm animals and rustic charm.  Afterward, treat yourself to a delicious homemade ice cream sandwich on the patio, where you can meet Leanoard the Llama and some adorable mini goats. 
  • Escape to the Great Outdoors* - Enjoy an afternoon in the sun, kayaking and paddleboarding at Greenbelt Lake.  
  • First-Time Attendee Social - New to VGM Heartland Conference? This first-time attendee social offers a chance to network with fellow first-time Heartland attendees at Single Speed Brewery and learn how to make the most of your first conference!    
  • Party on the Plaza - The kick-off to Heartland Conference is in a NEW location this year! Join us on the Plaza for fun, networking, good food, drinks, and music! Don’t worry, transportation will get you to the right spot! 

*Limited availability: To purchase tickets, please log in to your portal at  https://www.vgmheartland.com/portal/login. 

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Exhibit Hall and Connections and Coasters 

After the first full day of educational sessions on Tuesday, June 11, join us for the exhibit hall grand opening, followed by a thrilling adventure!   

Exhibit Hall   

Attend the expo to experience even more opportunities to interact with VGM’s vendor partners. See their industry-leading products, software solutions, and conference promotions all while enjoying refreshments and networking with peers. 

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After spending some quality time checking out the hottest products offered by VGM's participating vendors, you can head over to our local amusement park!  

Connections and Coasters at Lost Island Amusement Park  

We’re excited to host our social event at the Lost Island Amusement Park for the second year in a row. Back by popular demand, attendees, speakers, and vendors can continue networking with food, rides, and fun at this thrilling amusement park. There's something for everyone, whether you're a thrill seeker or not. The night is going to end with a BANG. 

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New This Year: Partner Connections 

This year, providers can engage in a dynamic speed networking event tailored for connecting with manufacturers and service partners on the final day of the conference. This fast-paced session allows participants to efficiently establish new connections, explore potential collaborations, and exchange valuable insights within the healthcare industry. With structured time slots and facilitated introductions, attendees can maximize their networking efforts and forge mutually beneficial relationships to drive innovation and growth. 

Dancing Through The Decades 

Finally, the VGM Heartland Conference will conclude with Dancing Through the Decades, a mega-sized blast from the past that will transport you on a dazzling whirlwind tour of the 1950s to the 1990s. Imagine stepping into a vibrant time machine where each decade comes alive with its unique flair and style! Put on your dancing shoes, channel your favorite era, and get ready to groove through time at the Dancing Through the Decades Farewell at the Farm! Don’t forget to pack your favorite decade attire! 

You CANNOT Afford to Miss VGM Heartland Conference 2024! 

We know how invaluable peer connections can be in this industry. With all-inclusive pricing for unmissable education and a multitude of networking opportunities, the VGM Heartland Conference is a one-of-a-kind experience you cannot afford to miss. 

Register for VGM Heartland Conference 2024


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