COVID Update

The Fall Forum Will Be Entirely Virtual

Due to increasing uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to cancel the in-person portion of the 2021 Fall Forum (see the bottom of this page for an explanation). As a result, this year's Forum will be an entirely virtual event. Please read below to learn how this cancellation will affect you.

Sponsorships: We understand that the prospects for sponsorships in the virtual world are very different from what can be offered in a live setting. Our events director, Jordan Boone, will reach out to you directly to discuss your options.

Speakers: Onsite speakers will now be delivering their presentations solely in the virtual environment.

Virtual speakers may have their presentation times shifted. More information will be made available shortly.

Registration: If you already registered for the in-person/hybrid portion of the event, you are now registered for the virtual portion of the event, and you also receive two additional virtual registrations. Every in-person registration converts to three total virtual registrations. To add registrants from your organization, contact Megan Bonwell at [email protected].

Virtual registrations are unaffected.

Hotel Cancellations: As is customary, the Forum hotel, the Omni Hotel San Diego, does not collect payment until check-in and offers penalty-free cancellation up to 72-hours before arrival. In this case, the Omni will cancel existing reservations for you. For additional questions, please contact the Omni Hotel San Diego directly at 619-231-6664.

If you've booked accommodation elsewhere, you are responsible for your own arrangements.

Flight Arrangements: Many airlines are still offering flexible cancellation and rebooking policies. Contact your specific airline to learn more.

Why the Forum Is Now Exclusively Online

The CDC recommends that people do "safer" gatherings, by which it means virtual or with family only. As of early August when the in-person portion of the Forum was cancelled, San Diego County was at the highest level of COVID-19 community transmission in the CDC's tracking map, based on cases per million and the test positivity rate (what percentage of tests are positive) over the past seven days. All four Johns Hopkins projections call for increases in COVID-19 cases between July and October. Given the high rate of COVID-19 infections in San Diego, the greater virulence of the rapidly spreading Delta variant, and the probability that things will get worse as the Forum approaches, an online event is the only way for us to ensure the safety of our attendees.

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