Symposium is a major event that would be impossible to stage without the help of hundreds of volunteers. For many attendees, the time spent working as a volunteer is one of the most rewarding parts of their Symposium experience. If you’d like to volunteer, we’d love to have you. You must be registered as a Premium or General attendee of Symposium in order to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jodi McShan AIFD at jodi@mcshan.com.

Blooms Over Chicago!

Each summer during the AIFD National Symposium volunteers create amazing fresh floral creations and share them with residents of the city we are in. When you are making your plans for Symposium this year make sure to schedule in time to help with “Blooms Over”!

Volunteers are always needed. More information on how you can help coming soon.


GROW Ambassador

*All GROW Ambassador spots have been filled.

Be a part of an exclusive 2023 AIFD® “GROW” Symposium experience – serve as a “GROW” Ambassador!

Designers who volunteer often say it is the most exciting part of AIFD® Symposium, working in the heart and pulse of what brings this artistic extravaganza to life. AIFD® is all volunteer run, however we need some Super Stars to bring it to life!

Only 36 spaces are available and provide the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes at the AIFD® Symposium with AIFD® members and designers, make new friends and network with our industry’s leaders while gaining new experiences.


  • Available from June 29 – July 5, 2023.
  • 36 hours of volunteer time over 7 days.
  • Attend a mandatory orientation and training session: Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 1:00pm (Central Time).
  • Willing to actively participate in Symposium assignments based on the program schedule.
  • Willing to do many different types of assignments which can include assisting designers, working in the Flower Room, and supporting the Partners’ Showcase and AIFD® Foundation. These assignments are determined by the Symposium and Ambassador committee chairs.



  • Work side-by-side with the industry’s most creative and inspiring people.
  • Pay the discounted registration rate of $479.00 to receive the equivalent of a General Early Registration ($719.00) which includes a ticket to the Awards and Induction Dinner and Dance for a total savings of $490.00.
  • Special VIP credentials, giving you access to all areas of AIFD® Symposium.
  • Special volunteer gift bag for participant.
  • Official certificate for portfolio.
  • Meet new friends and get connected.
  • Be a part of the team that makes Symposium happen!
  • For AIFD® Members, earn CEU points.



  • Complete and submit Ambassador JotForm.
  • Ability to listen attentively and interact with attendees.
  • Standing, walking, sitting, lifting and carrying (up to 25 lbs.).
  • A sincere desire to get involved, a friendly disposition and a can-do attitude.
  • Must be 18 years old.
  • You are required to stay at the 2023 “GROW” host hotel, Hilton Chicago and make your reservations through the AIFD® Room block.
  • Staying at our host hotel will give you a comfortable place to go when you are between activities or shifts. Shift times are scheduled for Ambassadors to be able to attend most main stage programs, the Elements and Principles class and the Partners’ Showcase. We understand the value of attending these educational events and have designed a schedule to allow for a balance of work and learning.
  • Only credit card will be accepted for payment.



  • Open to the first 36 registrants with proper application.
  • The following positions are not eligible due to scheduling commitments: AIFD® National and Regional Board Members, National and Regional Committee Members, and PFDE® Candidates.
  • Standard cancellation policy applies. However, if you arrive and decide you’re unable to fulfill your commitment you will be charged the full registration fee.
  • Once approved, you will be asked to complete an Ambassador waiver and you will be provided with further instructions on how to register as an Ambassador for the AIFD 2023 Symposium.

If interested or you have questions, please contact Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD at AIFDambassadors@gmail.com.


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