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2021 HDA BLC Online


BLC Online | June 14–17

Prepare to Meet Virtually in PartnerLinx

The PartnerLinx system will not only generate the schedules for your business appointments, but also serve as a “gateway” to the general sessions and your virtual one-on-ones. All meetings will be hosted in the Zoom app. 

How Will Virtual Meetings Work?

  1. Do not have or know your password? To login to PartnerLinx, you will need to enter the email address and password associated with your HDA account. If needed, click here to create your password. Once completed, go to the PartnerLinx website and enter your email address and new password.

  2. Your schedule and confirmed meetings will have a blue camera icon. If you log in and see several tables/teams, click on a specific table/team to see the schedule.

  3. To view the individuals participating in your meetings, from your schedule page, click “print all” and it will give you a PDF file with a list of names. You can print or save this document.

  4. Before your first appointment on Monday, June 14, click on the blue camera icon to join the virtual meeting. The “Join Virtual Meeting” button will activate five minutes before the appointment starts.

  5. Click “Leave” when you are ready to exit and join another meeting. Navigate back to your PartnerLinx browser window.

  6. Click on the next appointment and then “Join Virtual Meeting.”

  7. Repeat steps two thru six for all confirmed appointments.

  8. If you download your schedule to your personal calendar (i.e., Outlook), the Zoom meeting information will not transfer. You must log into PartnerLinx to join the virtual meetings.

  9. A Zoom link to the general sessions will be available through your schedule in the PartnerLinx system. In addition, HDA will send a direct Zoom link to the general sessions on Monday and Wednesday.

Download the PartnerLinx Virtual User Guide

HDA has prepared a user guide to offer tips on virtual appointment participation as well as include step-by-step instructions on how to access and successfully navigate the appointment software. This user guide offers detailed system requirements, appointment navigation information and other tips to ensure your organization is prepared for the conference.

2020 HDA BLC Online Virtual Meetings 101 Webinar

This video tutorial — created for the 2020 BLC Online and led by Ted Pezzullo, HDA Vice President of Information Technology — provides viewers with step-by-step instructions on how to access the PartnerLinx system, how to navigate the system to access your business appointments and a brief primer on Zoom meetings.  

Top Five Tips 

  1. Do not have or know your password? Create your HDA password here.

  2. Download and install Google Chrome. The PartnerLinx interface works best in this browser.

  3. Download and install Zoom on your computer ahead of time to avoid delays.

  4. Zoom links to access the general session and your business appointments only will be available through your schedule in PartnerLinx.

  5. Test your computer’s audio and video, check your lighting and ensure your background is clean and tidy.

For additional PartnerLinx or BLC Online questions, contact:

Lisa Gallagher, Senior Director, Member Services at (703) 885-0251.
Michelle Leslie, Manager, Membership and Education, at (703) 885-0253.
Ted Pezzullo, Vice President, Information Technology at (703) 885-0211.

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