You’d be hard-pressed to find a moment when the AMA Lincoln programming team isn’t busy prepping for a handful of networking and learning events for Lincoln marketers. We love to see the hustle — because it’s those events where your “handshake with that person you met from Ameritas” turns into an actual relationship. Sometimes a friendship, sometimes a mentorship.

In this edition of “All About Events,” we’re giving you an inside look at what it’s like to attend an AMA Lincoln Round Table.

What is an AMA Lincoln Round Table Event?

Round Tables are all about conversation. And before we scare off the introverts (don’t worry—the writer of this article’s right there with ya) they’re guided conversations.

Each event is led by a volunteer from the community who’s passionate about an area of focus or wants to learn more from their peers. Former AMA Lincoln president Nia Nielsen hosted a Round Table series for nonprofit marketers. In 2023, Becky Daniel from Nelnet hosted one on artificial intelligence. Each Round Table is unique!

What You’ll Learn

Sometimes, the Round Table host will set up a specific theme within the overall topic for the group to discuss (like how nonprofit marketers should handle email marketing, for example). But you also have control over where the conversation goes, so feel free to bring up new points or questions along the way.

What to Expect When You Attend

These events are really informal and you don’t need to prepare anything before attending. Depending on the location, you may want to arrive a little early to grab a coffee or chat with people before the “official” conversation starts. Round Tables are smaller events, so you can usually expect about 10 other folks to be there.

If you’re on the shier side (hello again), you won’t be the only one. One of our board volunteers or the Round Table host will be on the lookout to make you feel welcome and introduce you to other attendees.

To join a Round Table, keep an eye on the AMA Lincoln events page. This series has been on hiatus for a little while now, but we’re more excited than ever to bring them back in full force.

Want to host a Round Table? It’s a great chance to expand your network and promote your name/place of work (no hard sells here, though — that’s not fun for anyone). Connect with Steven Mah, VP of Programming-Round Tables to learn more. Or reach out to us on our contact page.