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The Student Experience

The CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo offers events and activities specifically for students.

Attire: The dress code for this event is business casual. Business casual involves wearing traditional business attire with a couple of relaxed tweaks here and there. For example, wearing pants or slacks with a blouse/polo, but without a tie would be considered typically business casual. Please wear comfortable shoes; you will be getting your steps in at World Conference!


Four student-specific sessions will be offered on Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6

Stay tuned for details on these sessions!

Additionally, students are encouraged to attend the Opening Business Session, daily General Sessions, and Closing Business Session, and any concurrent education sessions when their schedule allows.

The Club Foundation logoStudent Networking Event

Tuesday, March 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

This social event is designed to give students the chance to network with each other at the start of their Conference experience. The University of Missouri, Columbia, and the University of North Texas have been selected as this year’s student chapter hosts for the event and will welcome all students and facilitate the planned icebreaker.

Made Possible by The Club Foundation and the Generous Chairman’s Fund Donors

Student Achievement Lunch

Tuesday, March 5, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Esteemed leaders of CMAA and members of the National Staff will join students at this achievement lunch. Chapter and individual achievements will be showcased during the awards presentation. The Joe Perdue Scholarship recipients will be recognized along with the 2022-2023 New Member Recruitment Contest winners and the 2022-2023 Student Chapter of the Year winners.

Student/Mentor Lunch

Wednesday, March 6, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to sit down with managers and other mentors to pick their brains about what steps lie ahead on their career journey through the club industry.

Career Opportunities & Networking Showcase

Wednesday, March 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

This job fair and networking forum is the place where students and managers can gather to discuss employment and internship opportunities as well as network and discuss goals regarding students’ future in the club industry.

At the event, participating organizations will be grouped by region, as in the expandable lists below.

Showcase Participants

Tokeneke Club, Darien, CT

Woodway Country Club, Darien, CT

Sankaty Head Golf Club, Siasconset, MA

Beach Point Club, Mamaroneck, NY

Country Club of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley, NY

Vicmead Hunt Club, Wilmington, DE

Summit Hill Country Club, Crestview Hills, KY

Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, Bedminster, NJ

The Country Club, Cleveland, OH

Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, PA

Lehigh Country Club, Allentown, PA

Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA

The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, VA

Cosmos Club, Washington, DC

Russell Lands, Alexander City, AL

Florida Chapter

Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta, GA

Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte, NC

Country Club of Landfall, Wilmington, NC

Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, Cashiers, NC

Greenville Country Club, Greenville, SC

Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island, SC

Champaign Country Club, Champaign, IL

South Shore Yacht Club, Milwaukee, WI

Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, AZ

Forest Highlands Golf Club, Flagstaff, AZ

Bohemian Club, San Francisco, CA

The Olympic Club, San Francisco, CA

The Stock Farm Club, Hamilton, MT

River Oaks Country Club, Houston, TX

The Hualalai Club at the Four Seasons, Kailua Kona, HI


Student Shark Tank Session

Wednesday, March 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

The Student Shark Tank Competition is for any student member (or a group up to five) that has an innovative mind. Do you have an idea or product that you think the club industry could benefit from? Tell us about it! Participants who make it to the final round will present their idea at a manager education session at World Conference on Wednesday, March 6 from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Learn more about this program and the chance to win a $1,000 Visa gift card. Entries are due February 5, 2024

Student Chapter and Faculty Idea Fair

The Student Chapter and Faculty Idea Fair is your Chapter's chance to share as many ideas as you’d like across five different categories for a chance to win a $1,000 chapter grant from The Club Foundation. Faculty members have three categories to enter ideas in as well. Show off everything your Chapter has done to be successful! Entries are due February 5, 2024.

Student Coaching with Kevin McDonald and Shelley MacDougall

Benefit from on-site Coaching Sessions. Coaching is a highly effective way to learn to make significant changes in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to help achieve personal and professional goals. Experience group coaching sessions with CMAA Coaches Kevin MacDonald and Shelley MacDougall on March 5 and March 6 from 4:00–5:00 p.m. Spaces are reserved on a first come, first served basis and all registered Students will be contacted when signups are open as Conference approaches.


Mentorship Program

Are you looking to have more one-on-one time with a club management professional? If you answered yes, this onsite experience is for you! Mentors and mentees will be paired a few weeks prior to heading to Las Vegas to get to know one another and come up with a game plan for your time together at Conference. Schedule Royal Cup coffee breaks, a lunch or two, a “field trip” to the Club Business Expo, and/or make suggestions for which education sessions to attend based on interests and learning opportunities… the possibilities are endless! You can opt into this program during the registration process.

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