This year’s Dude University offers several ways to meet, learn and share with your peers!

Opening General Session & Keynote Speaker

Sunday, April 30 | 4 – 5 PM | Ballroom, Raleigh Convention Center

Start the networking and connection building by joining your fellow attendees for our Opening General Session and be inspired by our Keynote Speaker, First Sergeant Matt Eversmann , Hero of the epic film, Black Hawk Down, and the Battle of Mogadishu.

ChathamCountyLineBBQ, Bourbon & Bluegrass

Sunday, April 30 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Red Hat Amphitheater

What better way to enjoy the beautiful springtime Carolina weather than with an outdoor festival and concert? This year’s theme of BBQ, Bourbon and Bluegrass will feature local food favorites and include a traditional Carolina pig-pickin’. Enjoy a sample of local craft bourbons from area distilleries and enjoy the concert featuring Chatham County Line!

Affinity Breakfast & Conference Kick-Off

Monday, May 1 | 7:15 – 9 AM | Raleigh Convention Center

One of the hallmarks of Dude University is the chance to meet your peers at the beginning of the conference with our interactive networking session. This year, we will host this session in conjunction with breakfast at the Convention Center!

Continue the fun and community building and gather at the Raleigh Convention Center for lunch with your peers.

Exhibitor Reception

Monday, May 1 | 4 – 6 PM | Raleigh Convention Center

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


Tuesday, May 2 | 7:15 – 9 AM | Raleigh Convention Center

Join us for breakfast in the Exhibit Hall and enjoy one final opportunity to meet with vendors and partners.

Networking Lunch

Tuesday, May 2 | 12 – 1 PM | Raleigh Convention Center

Continue the fun and community building and gather at the Raleigh Convention Center for lunch with your peers.

Client Appreciation Dinner & Party

Tuesday, May 2 | 7 – 10 PM | Raleigh Convention Center

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


Wednesday, May 3 | 7:15 – 9 AM | Raleigh Convention Center

Join us for the last breakfast of Dude University 2017!

Behind the Scenes Facilities Tours

Wednesday, May 3 | 8 AM – 12 PM

Working with our partners at the state, county and local level, we have included new behind-the-scenes facilities 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. Click here to see a list of all of our available tours!

Club Manager’s Golf Outing

Wednesday, May 3 | 7 AM – 2 PM | Lonnie Poole Golf Course

For our club manager clients, the management team at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course has offered to give you a behind-the-scenes tour of the Arnold Palmer designed course, as well as invite you to play a round of golf. The tour begins with breakfast and a briefing by club management, followed by an 8:30 AM tee time and lunch. Clients will be shuttled to/from the Convention Center. Please note that you should have a 5 PM or later flight on Wednesday to properly plan for both golf and getting to the airport. Cost is $100 per person.