GET CONNECTEDMarketing-research firm Information Resources, which specializes in the consumer-product-goods and healthcare industries, will hold its annual Consumer Connection conference, titled The Power of Knowing in an Era of Change, at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Feb. 9-11. For info or to register, call (312) 474-2900 or visit public/icc2003.

A LOOK TO THE FUTUREThe American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Minority Students Program will take place at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Feb. 14. The event will include the Building Bridges for Our Future awards luncheon, during which the program’s 25 finalists will be saluted. For info, visit or call (800) 999-2231.

SKILL SETSThe Association of National Advertisers will host marketing skills-enhancement seminars at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Chicago. March 17-19. The seminars will include Creative Advertising; Media Strategy; TV & Print Production; Mastering the Agency Relationship; and Internet Advertising & Marketing. For info or to register, visit seminars, or contact William Zengel at or (212) 455-8022.