2024 SAF Rising Professionals Conference

This brand new event is tailored specifically for young professionals (under 40 years old) and students in natural resources and forestry! Themed "The Role of Innovations in Forestry," the 2024 SAF Rising Professionals Conference will be packed with keynotes, breakouts, and hands-on training about being an innovative leader and uncovering the latest in sector trends, like technology, personal brand, and soft skill development.

Interested in Sponsoring and Exhibiting?

Take a look at the current list of Sponsors and Exhibitors here!

Join us for this specialized conference event where you can:

  • Take your brand to the next level and connect with the sector's future leaders
  • Boost your brand's visibility and impact
  • Showcase your technology to new and existing partners
  • Network with thought-leaders, decision-makers, up and coming professionals and peers
  • Forge connections with top industry leaders
The deadline to sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor is January 17. Secure your spot! 
For more information, visit our Sponsor and Exhibitor webpage, or contact the SAF Events & Sales Team, [email protected], 202-938-3910


The 2024 SAF Rising Professionals Conference will be held at: 
Baton Rouge Marriott 
5500 Hilton Avenue,
Baton Rouge, LA 70808



SAF has secured a discounted room rate of $133 per night for event attendees at the Baton Rouge Marriott. The deadline to make reservations is January 17. For more details, visit the travel webpage.


View the Rising Professionals Conference schedule-at-a-glance to see slated session topics and speakers! 

Important Dates


Interested in attending the Rising Professionals Conference? Register Today! The deadline for early-bird rates is January 12. 

Registration Costs

 Early-bird Rates* Regular Rates**
 Member $250  Member $300
 Non-member $300  Non-member $350
 Student $100  Student $125

*Early bird registration closes January 12, 2024
**Regular registration closes February 2, 2024. 

Innovation Challenge

If you are looking for an interactive way to attend the conference, participate in the Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge will focus on building leadership and teamwork skills, as well as learning about new technology and innovations in the industry.

Challenge Description: Participants will be asked to design an elevator pitch with 3-4 other teammates (assigned by SAF National before the conference) to promote a new product, idea, or tool that was discovered at the conference to be used by their company. Teams will engage with exhibitors, other attendees, and mentors throughout the conference to develop their 1-3-minute pitch and present it in video format during the conference. A group of judges will choose five finalists from the submissions and ask attendees to choose a winner during the final general session on Thursday.

Attendees interested in participating should choose the option when registering for the conference or contact the SAF Events & Sales team at [email protected].