Annual Conference Frequently Asked Questions


What are the dates for the SPN 33rd Annual Conference?

The SPN 33rd Annual Conference is scheduled to take place April 26 to April 28, 2023 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Virtual Conference Bridge – a virtual extension on May 11, 2023 – of the SPN 33rd Annual Conference, is a one-day event that will highlight the best of the Annual Conference. If you choose to join us virtually, you will still be able to learn, network and source innovative products and solutions from our valued partners — but in a more limited way than the full in-person conference experience. You will be able to earn up to 6 contact hours through Virtual Conference Bridge.

When can I expect to book a reservation at the conference hotel?

You can book your reservation today! SPN has secured an advantageous room rate for Annual Conference attendees at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA. The hotel has a SPN group room block for attendees at reduced rates. Rooms are available for booking until March 31, 2023, or until the room blocks are filled.  The group room rate for standard rooms is $174 per night.

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 391-4600

How many Contact Hours can attendees earn at the SPN 33rd Annual Conference? 

Attendee can earn up to 24 NCPD Contact hours!

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What are some fun activities to do in Pittsburgh, PA?
Pittsburgh has exciting year-round entertainment for visitors. Explore Visit Pittsburgh and explore Pittsburgh’s hottest attractions, activities and vibrant community culture.

What airport is closest to the venue, and what are my options to get to and from the hotel?
Attendees will fly into the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), which is approximately 17 miles from the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

For Ground Transportation assistance upon arrival at PIT, please go directly to the Taxi, Limousine and Shared-Ride Booths. No reservations are required for arriving passengers. Additional information can be found on the PIT website.

For rideshare services, Lyft Inc. and Uber are authorized to provide pick-up services at PIT. Passengers can make a request once they are located on the terminal curbside and will meet their driver outside Baggage Claim Door #4 at the Commercial Arrivals Curb.

What is the likelihood that the in-person SPN 33rd Annual Conference will be cancelled?

While we aren’t able to predict the future and what the pandemic situation will be in April 2023, SPN leadership will continue to monitor local, state, and national guidelines regarding traveling and gathering in person. 

While we are constantly updating our health and safety protocols, we are 100% committed to holding the SPN 33rd Annual Conference in person in Pittsburgh this April.

For those that are unable or unwilling to attend the conference in person, we strongly recommend you consider registering for Virtual Conference Bridge, taking place on May 11, 2023.

Virtual Conference Bridge, which will be a one-day event following the Annual Conference, includes access to select conference sessions. While it won’t be the same as the full, in-person experience, this virtual extension is a high-value option to gain critical insights about trends, best practices and practical applications that will help you do your job better, easier and faster. You’ll be able to earn up to 8 contact hours through Virtual Conference Bridge.

What ADA accommodations will be made for attendees?

SPN complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is committed to providing a positive experience for all of our attendees. If you have special requirements due to a disability, you may indicate your requests during the registration process. We will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Health and Safety

Do I have to be vaccinated to attend the conference?

As part of our commitment to the safety of all attendees, SPN will be following leading medical advice to require all attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and guests of the 33rd Annual Conference to be fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 or have qualified exemption from vaccination. As an additional precaution, we strongly encourage attendees to wear a mask while attending.

*SPN will be following the CDC definition of "fully vaccinated" at the time of the Annual Conference.

Will exemptions from the vaccine requirement be allowed?

If a health or religious reason allows for an exemption from being vaccinated, attendees are required to request an exemption. Please send requests to [email protected]

What do I do if I feel ill or become symptomatic onsite?

Should an attendee feel ill, they will be directed to consult with a local health official before attending the conference.

If you feel any of the following symptoms prior to travel, we ask that you do not come to the SPN Annual Conference, and please let [email protected] know:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you feel any of the above symptoms once you have arrived, please visit one of the local health clinics in Pittsburgh and let [email protected] know.

In what other ways is SPN supporting the health and safety of all attendees, and are there any additional recommendations or requirements for attendees to follow while onsite?

  • SPN will have extra masks and hand sanitizer onsite. Attendees are encouraged to wash their hands and/or use sanitizer frequently.
  • SPN understands that many attendees may be connecting with each other prior to or after the SPN Annual Conference. We encourage responsible actions in all these events.

 *The above information is subject to change. All attendees are required to follow the latest health and safety protocols when onsite. Notable shifts to the health and safety protocols will be shared via email up until and throughout the conference.

Cancellation and Refunds

All cancellation and refund requests must be made via email to [email protected]. Cancellation requests will be honored according to the following schedule:

  • SPN will provide a full refund of registration fees, less an administrative processing fee of $150, for any cancellations received in writing on or before March 24, 2023.  Cancellations should be directed to [email protected]. Telephone cancellations are NOT accepted for refunds. Participant must obtain confirmation of receipt of email from SPN on or before the cancellation deadline. All refunds will be processed within 5 days of the date the cancellation request is received to the original form of payment. After March 24, 2023, there will be no refunds whatsoever for registrations that are cancelled. Substitutions can be made, without a fee, by contacting the registration team at [email protected]. Hotel reservations must be cancelled separately by contacting the hotel directly.
  • Substitutions can be made, without a change fee, by contacting the registration team at [email protected]. No substitutions can be made after the event has begun.
  • If for any reason beyond SPN’s control, SPN determines that the in-person event must be cancelled, then your registration will automatically be applied to the virtual conference. Should there be a difference in pricing between the in-person and the virtual conference, the difference will automatically be refunded to the participant. Per SPN’s general refund policy, no refund is available if you cancel after March 24, 2023, including in the event of a change from the in-person event to virtual.