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Networking Events

This year’s Dude University offers numerous ways to meet, learn and share with your peers in a setting that’s comfortable, even for the introverts.

Behind-the-Scenes Facility Tours

Sunday, May 3 | 12-3 PM

Thanks to our partners at the state, county and local level, we’ve included new behind-the-scenes facility tours. Lace up your sneakers as several organizations open their doors for a walking tour of their campuses and showcase innovative approaches to sustainability, facilities design and community relationships.

Opening General Session & Keynote Speaker

Sunday, May 3 | 3-5 PM | Raleigh Convention Center

Start the networking and connection building by joining the 1,000 attendees for our Opening General Session. Be inspired by our featured keynote, Be Happy First: Leading in Times of Change, by best-selling author and happiness expert Neil Pasricha, and hear trends in the industry from Dude Solutions leadership. 

Night at the Museum Opening Celebration

Sunday, May 3 | 6-8 PM | NC Museum of Natural Sciences

What better way to kick off Dude University than to take over the Museum of Natural Sciences in the heart of downtown Raleigh! Join us at the museum for a night of food, fun and beverages to start the week off right. 


Monday, May 4 | 7-8 AM 

Industry Kick-off Sessions

Monday, May 4 | 8-9:45 AM

One of the hallmarks of Dude University is the chance to get to know your peers at the beginning of the conference with our interactive kickoff session. Meet peers from your specific industry, as well as some of your Dude Solutions team, and hear about key highlights for the week ahead.

Networking Lunch

Monday, May 4 | 12-1 PM 

Exhibitor Reception

Monday, May 4 | 4-5 PM 

Join us for afternoon snacks while you learn more about the products, services and professional opportunities that our partners and exhibitors offer to benefit your organization.


Tuesday, May 5 | 7-8 AM 

Networking Lunch

Tuesday, May 5 | 12-1 PM 

Client Appreciation Dinner & Party

Tuesday, May 5 | 7-10 PM 

Enjoy a plated dinner, music and entertainment as we conclude an amazing conference and celebrate YOU! 


Wednesday, May 6 | 7-8 AM 

Join us for the last breakfast of Dude University 2020.

Industry Wrap-up Sessions

Wednesday, May 6 | 8-10 AM | Raleigh Convention Center

Wrap up your conference experience with the folks you started the week with. Recap key takeaways, highlight actionable learnings you plan on implementing when you get home, and discuss wins and “aha” moments from the week.

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