Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Registration
3:00PM - 9:00PM

We are looking forward to seeing you! Please stop by to pick up your registration packet. 
*Attire: Casual

UIUCares Community Service
4:00PM - 5:00PM

We will be working together to put care packages for the homeless shelters together. We need enough care packages for 75 people. We hope you can join us! We will meet in the lobby by registration at 3:50pm. 
*Attire: Casual

UIU Happiest Hour & Vendors Welcome
5:00PM - 7:00PM

Ndewo nu o! What better way to kick off the convention weekend than with good food and good drinks?! Start the evening off with the UIU Happiest Hour! This is a great opportunity to mix/mingle with Igbo Professionals from around the country 🇳🇬! And you can’t have good drinks and food without some prizes to win! Biko refresh on your Igbo language! See you at 5 p.m at the Sheraton Hotel.
*Attire: Casual

UIU 2018 Convention Welcome Kickoff
9:00PM - 9:30PM

Attend the 2018 Welcome Kickoff— New Orleans Style! Network and learn all about the weekend’s events! Get ready to kickoff the weekend with a bit of flare as we bring you a night of mixing great music, mingling, and dancing as you connect with new friends and reconnect with old friends!
*Attire: All White (For the UIU en Blanc - All White Party immediately following)

UIU's Got Talent
9:30PM - 11:00PM

Umu Igbo Unite’s Got Talent (UIUGT) will showcase 8-10 performers vying for their chance to win up to $1000 and an opportunity to perform their talent at the Banquet and Awards Night. After a nationwide search, finalists will share their talents ranging from singing, acting, dancing, to even stand-up comedy. At the conclusion of the show, the interactive audience will be able to vote to determine the overall winner—who will also be announced live!
*Attire: All White (For the UIU en Blanc - All White Party immediately following)

UIU en Blanc ~ The White Party
11:00PM - 2:00AM

End the first night of the convention weekend with a sophisticated Summer night! Join us for our highly anticipated “UIU En Blanc” - The All White Party! 
*Attire: All White

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Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Bootcamp with Jennofit
9:00AM - 10:00AM

Get your day started with our 1-hr workout session led by Jennifer Okorie. Workouts will be high-intensity interval training that perfectly blends cardiovascular and strength training. Make sure to bring your gym attire and a towel.
Event Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente
*Attire: Athletic/Sporty

Registration
11:00AM - 3:00PM

We are looking forward to seeing you! Please stop by to pick up your registration packet. 
*Attire: Casual

Igbo Cultural Etiquette
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Join us as we discuss the history of the masquerade and marriage in Igbo land. We will go in depth about the do’s and don'ts while in the presence of masquerades as well as the ins and outs of a traditional Igba Nkwu Ceremony. Come to this session and walk away knowing more about our practices and how to show reverence during the various occasions.
*Attire: Business Casual

I na asu Igbo? | Igbo lessons 101
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Ndewo nu o! (“Hello you all!”) Join us for a spirited session on mastering the Igbo language. Our aim during the session is to initiate and encourage the interaction of the Igbo language via  speaking and writing. During the session, we plan to cover the basic tones and pronouns to commonly used words and phrases. The session structure will be an open forum and informal. Our goal of this session is to create a positive foundation for all levels of experience to practice and master the Igbo language!
*Attire: Business Casual

Nigeria is a Sh!thole: The Perception of Our Nation-- A Discussion
1:00PM - 2:00PM

In light of the comments made by the President of the United States at the beginning of the year, and the subsequent fallout, Nigerians in the diaspora are in a prime position to control the narrative. This session aims to address the perception of Nigeria by Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike. It will be a safe place to air our pride, along with our fears and concerns about our country. Ultimately, the goal is for attendees to be able to sift through the stereotypes and adopt a cleaner, positive, but honest opinion of Nigeria.
*Attire: Business Casual

Millennial Money Moves: Becoming Your Own Boss (BYOB)
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Becoming a Boss doesn't just take place in the boardroom. Becoming a Boss means taking control of your financial life. Whether it be getting out of debt so Sallie Mae no longer controls your check or starting your own company so that you control your own check, becoming your own Boss is definitely the way to go. Join us as we have a candid conversation about becoming your own boss with a couple of people who have done it before.
Event Sponsored by: BluWhale Capital
*Attire: Business Casual

UIUCares Community Service (Optional: Must sign up in advance to participate)
1:00PM - 3:00PM

We are looking for 20 volunteers to join us at 2 homeless shelters, Covenant House New Orleans and Ozanam Inn. There, we will deliver toiletries, water, snacks and serve food to help those at the shelter. We will also be offering haircuts for the men, and every day make up tutorials for the women. We are also asking for your help in donating toiletries enough for 75 people. If you love to cut hair or are part of beat face nation or you just love to help the less fortunate, please sign up to join us. We will meet in the lobby by registration no later than 12:15pm, our transportation will leave from the hotel lobby at 12:30 pm.
*Attire: Casual

 

 

*Krewe of UIU: An Igbo Mardi Gras (*OFFSITE)
2:00PM - 6:00PM

Imagine what happens when Ndi Igbo meets NOLA:  An Igbo Mardi Gras! The “Krewe Of UIU” invites you to join us for a fun-filled day of games, competitions, dancing, and of course, some authentic New Orleans cuisine! This year’s block party is an event you definitely don’t want to miss!
*Attire: Picnic/Cookout Friendly (Activewear for those participating in field games)
Location: Audubon Park (Shelter #10 & Newman Bandstand)

Registration
5:00PM - 9:00PM

We are looking forward to seeing you! Please stop by to pick up your registration packet. 
*Attire: Casual

For the Sake of Love
8:00PM - 11:00PM

Whether you are single, engaged, or married our relationship session has something for everyone. This year we are glad to welcome Ekene Agabu and Ekene Onu to give us insights in creating loving relationships, for the sake of love. Hosted by MC Chaz. 
*Attire: Classy/Dressed to Impress

After Party
11:00PM - 3:00AM

*Attire: Classy/Dressed to Impress

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Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Egwu bu Ndu
9:00AM - 10:00AM

Come out and sweat to your favorite Afrobeat tunes at our Saturday morning dance workout session. Be a part of a “next level” dance experience with several other convention attendees as we highlight exactly why dance is life! 
Event Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente
*Attire: Sportswear/Activewear*

Registration
11:00AM - 6:00PM

We are looking forward to seeing you! Please stop by to pick up your registration packet. 
*Attire: Casual

CULTURAL AND BUSINESS SUMMIT

Brunch
11:00AM - 1:00PM

If you’re in the Medical professional, STEM, Law, Education, Creatives/Entrepreneurship this session is for you. It’s an opportunity for you to network and assist each other to grow in your profession. Whether you are just starting out your profession or advanced in the profession this event is for YOU. 
*Attire: Business Casual

UIUTalk
1:00PM - 2:00PM

UIUTalk is all about providing a platform for ideas worth spreading. In reference to this year’s convention theme, Igbo Di Egwu, this event session aims to inspire younger generations by highlighting stories of trailblazers who decided to pave their own path and embrace their most authentic selves with hopes of igniting a passion for attendees to follow their passion and pave their way to success.
*Attire: Business Casual

Vendor Expo
2:00PM - 2:30PM

You will have the opportunity to buy an array of products and learn about different services from Igbo-owned businesses throughout the United States, Canada, and Nigeria. Our vendors will be available and at your service, so be sure to stop by and visit them while they are here! 

Millennial Money Moves: Crypto vs. Stocks | Investments
2:30PM - 3:30PM

Crypto-currencies have made numerous headlines over the past year.  People on this wild ride have seen prices of Bitcoin jump from $1,000 to $19,000 :-), as well as prices drop from $19,000 to $6,000 :-(.  Come join us as we pick the brains of a few savvy investors and discuss what cyrpto currencies are, as well as thoughts on how you should invest.  We also take a close look at the comparison with traditional stocks to see which route may be the smarter way to go.   
Event Sponsored by: Oakside Group LLC, a subsidiary of Osu International and The UIU Tristate Chapter
*Attire: Business Casual

Igbo Influencers: Reshaping Blackness in Popular Culture
2:30PM - 3:30PM

The objective for this panel is to generate discussion around the diverse faces (primarily Igbo influencers) of the black experience and bring visibility and critical analysis to the growing convergence of entrepreneurship, tech, politics, music, dance, and how these factors are shaping the future in the diaspora and Africa.
Event Sponsored by: Naija Made Me and Diasporatales
*Attire: Business Casual

Vendor Expo
3:30PM - 4:00PM

You will have the opportunity to buy an array of products and learn about different services from Igbo-owned businesses throughout the United States, Canada, and Nigeria. Our vendors will be available and at your service, so be sure to stop by and visit them while they are here! 

You Got a Job, Now What? A Guide to Accelerating Your Career
4:00PM - 5:00PM

Congratulations! You’ve gotten a call with the good news; you got the job! A lot of people in this situation might think- “whew, now I can relax, cruise a while and rest on my laurels.” Actually, your work is just beginning, but so can your glory! Once you’re on the job, there are many immediate career challenges to attend to. Join us in this engaging session as we navigate through the essentials of accelerating your career in the early stages. Your first five years could either be the most difficult of your career or the most useful. Learn how to make a significant  impact and create that close-to-perfect permanent impression, that people in your organization will have of you and your capabilities.
Event Sponsored by: Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management
*Attire: Business Casual

The Color of Leadership: Igbos Breaking Boundaries in the Workplace
4:00PM - 5:00PM

Racial and Afro-ethnic stereotypes overlap to create a unique and uniquely powerful stereotype. According to one study, Nigerians are likely to succeed in the workplace given cultural norms around strong work ethic. According to other studies Nigerians are negatively impacted by sins of a corrupt mass. Whether it’s our accents, way of life, approach to work or getting results; Nigerians and more-so Igbos offer a unique brand in the workplace. Some say that we are one of the most misunderstood people, by both Africans and non-Africans. This session delves into the work-place experiences of industry leaders of Igbo heritage, with unique insight into what sets them apart from their peers. We will learn from both their failures as well as their successes; ultimately leaving with the right tools to take us to the next level. #levelUp #IgboDiEgwu
*Attire: Business Casual

Politics & You! Why it matters
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Politics in Nigeria and the diaspora is a favorite topic of discussion for passionate Igbos. This panel will focus on politics in the diaspora as this is an area that Nigerians significantly lack representation. We are closely impacted by bills and policies passed by the government, yet most of us are not intimately involved in this process. We as a community need to come together and educate ourselves on how we can utilize our voices to make an impact no matter how small.

This session will address the following questions -
1.  Should Nigerians be involved in diaspora politics? If so, how?
2. Should Nigerians in the diaspora be involved in politics in Nigeria? If so, how?
*Attire: Business Casual

Banquet and Awards Ceremony
8:00PM - 11:30AM

A night to remember! Get ready to experience a night of Culture, entertainment and UIU! Awards will be presented to influencers in the Igbo Community and the UIU Community. 
*Attire: Traditional/Black Tie

Concert & After Party
11:30AM - 3:00AM

Enjoy the concert and after party featuring the performer Zoro. 
*Attire: Traditional/Black Tie

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Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Non-Denominational Church Service
10:00AM - 12:00PM

Please join us to close out the weekend as we fellowship with each other by giving thanks to God for bringing us together and blessing us. 
*Attire: UIU T-shirt

UIU Annual Group Picture
12:00PM to 1:00PM

Don't forget to wear your UIU 2018 T-Shirt for the annual group picture!
*Attire: UIU T-shirt

*All events will be held at the Sheraton Hotel with the exception of Igbo Mardi Gras