Attendee Cohorts

Attending together means learning together

That’s the idea behind Rosenfeld Media’s attendee cohorts—small groups of about 10 conference attendees. With the help of facilitators, private Slack channels, and Zoom meetings, each cohort’s members:

  • Get to know each other
  • Establish common learning goals
  • Attend and discuss the conference together
  • Check in daily
  • Reconvene at the end of the conference to revisit their goals

Want to participate in a cohort? It’s free to Advancing Research 2021 ticket-holders, but space is limited and is first-come, first-serve. After registering for the conference, you’ll receive an email with details about joining.


Cohort #1, facilitated by Lona Moore and Tasha Valdez
Cohort #2, facilitated by Angelos Arnis and Karoline Kwon
Cohort #3, facilitated by Andrei Urse and Sandeep Chahal
Cohort #4, facilitated by Andrew Heber and Brian Hochhalter
Cohort #5, facilitated by Carolyn Morgan and Changying (‘Z’) Zheng
Cohort #6, facilitated by Christian Crumlish and Jess Vice
Cohort #7, facilitated by Melissa Burnett and Nitya Nambisan
Cohort #8, facilitated by Red Dolan and Safa Dada
Cohort #9, facilitated by Avery Wolf add Anna Effort
Cohort #10, facilitated by Kristen Ramirez and Martha Magsombol
Cohort #11, facilitated by Bryan Bejarano and Nepunnee Birondo
Cohort #12, facilitated by Jasmine Toy and Jennifer Kong

What cohort participants are saying

The cohort experience was great—it created a human connection that usually lacks in conferences, virtual or not.”
Inayaili L., Design Producer, GitHub

“Cohorts connected me with folks who are in a similar position at work, looking to learn similar things, and with more senior folks who could provide guidance and perspective.”
—Isabel F., Senior User Experience Designer, Motorola Solutions


Sounds interesting. How do I join a cohort?
Cohorts are available to AR2021 ticket holders only. After registering, you will receive an email with information about joining.

How much does it cost to join a cohort?
There is no fee for participating in an AR2021 cohort.

Who is participating in each cohort?
Each cohort’s participants are AR2021 conference attendees who want to attend the conference, make friends, and learn together.

What’s my role within a cohort?
If you’re participating in a cohort, you’re with peers you’ll want to get to know (and vice versa). And you’ll want to learn with them. Please be an active contributor to the chat discussion, react to the presentations, share relevant articles, and be supportive of each other. In two words: show up!

How should I behave in the cohort?
With the kindness and generosity that you’d like others to offer you. Remember that it’s easy to misinterpret what people say in a purely digital environment. Let your facilitator know if you need help or have concerns. And please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct so you know our principles for being together, and procedures if there is a problem.

Who are the cohorts’ facilitators?
Our facilitators are people like you who want to attend AR2021 and who have volunteered to facilitate your cohort. Please help them by being an active and generous participant.

How do I get help?
Post a request in your cohort’s Slack channel, or in the #ar-help Slack channel. Or email

What happens after our final wrap up meeting?
We’ll be in touch to find out how your cohort went and how we could improve on the idea. We also plan to keep cohorts’ private Slack channels open indefinitely, so you’ll be able to stay in touch with your cohort.