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The Great Lakes Maritime Academy

and Northwestern Michigan College with support from the United States Maritime Administration host the

2017 Women on the Water Conference

October 26–28, 2017, Great Lakes Campus

Welcome to the ninth annual Women on the Water Conference hosted by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in partnership with the Maritime Administration. Cadets, regardless of gender, are invited to participate from all six state maritime academies, the Federal Academy as well as our neighbors to the North, Georgian Maritime College at little or no cost. The purpose of the conference is to provide cadets an opportunity to learn from professional mariners and industry representatives as well as maritime professional development speakers. There will also be time and activities to foster camaraderie and networking with their peers.

Traverse City is a beautiful resort area and has won numerous awards including "Condé Nast Traveler" (January 2016) - "The Most Beautiful Towns in America" and "Thrillist" (May 2016) - 25 Best Small US Cities to Spend the Weekend. Fall is a great time to visit, so be sure to plan plenty of time around the conference to enjoy the natural and man-made attractions in our area! The conference will be held waterfront on our Great Lakes Campus and cadets can register for the complimentary berthing on our Training Ship State of Michigan during the conference. The area has many resorts and hotels, please visit our "Lodging & Transportation" tab to learn more.

Conference Registration

Online registration has closed. To register for the conference, please contact the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at (231) 995-1200, extension 0.

Conference Schedule »

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For more information, contact:


Holiday Inn Resort - West Bay Beach (Walking distance, just west of the Academy):
Phone: (231) 947-3700. Please ask for the "Women on the Water" rate by September 26 to secure the $119.95 (plus tax) rate. Complimentary airport shuttle available, available 24 hours.
Website: westbaybeachresorttraversecity.com

Bayshore Resort (walking distance, just east of the Academy):
Phone: (231) 935-4400. Please ask for the "Women on the Water" group block rates by Sept. 26 to secure the $89.00 (plus tax) rate. Complimentary airport shuttle available between 0800 and 1700.
Website: bayshore-resort.com

Park Place Hotel (located downtown, about five blocks away):
Phone: (231) 946-5000. Based on availability and must book by Sept. 25. Rates: $109.95 for Sunday–Thursday nights and $259.95 for Friday and Saturday nights. Please indicate you are attending the Women on the Water Conference.
Website: park-place-hotel.com

Summerside Properties (Cambria Suites, Best Western, Comfort Inn):
Phone: (231) 778-9000. Complimentary shuttle available (to/from airport and conference).

  • Comfort Inn: Wed/Thur: $89 up to double, $99 triple and $109 quad. Fri/Sat: Prices increase $40.
  • Best Western: Wed/Thur: $99 up to double, $109 triple and $119 quad. Fri/Sat: Prices increase $50.
  • Cambria Suites: $119 up to double, $129 triple and $139 quad. Fri/Sat: Prices increase $50
    Website: traversecitycambriasuites.com

Hampton Inn:
Phone: (231) 946-8900
Website: hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/michigan/hampton-inn-traverse-city

For additional lodging options, please visit Traverse City Tourism at traversecity.com

To view the venue, The Hagerty Center, which is in the same building as the Maritime Academy, go here »

Transportation in and around Traverse City:


Maritime Sponsor

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Conference Sponsor

Interlake Steamship Company logo

Dinner sponsors

American Steamship Company logo Great Lakes Fleet logo

Lunch sponsor

ConocoPhillips logo
Polar Tankers logo

Breakfast sponsor

Chevron logo

Refreshment sponsor

Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association logo

Mackinac Island Ferry Sponsor

K&L Gates logo

Mackinac Island Neworking Event

Military Sealift Command logo

Cadet Support

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