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Hands-Down the Coolest New Thing About the 2012 Conference

Tue, December 20, 2011 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director

Have you ever seen something new and think that this is going to be huge?  (No, not like my hips after the holidays.)  I mean….you know that something is going to be a hit before it ever launches.  Oh, is that how insider traders feel?  Eek…that’s even a worse visual, huh? 

I’m talking about a new online social community that DSAIA has made possible for our conference attendees in 2012.  I couldn’t GET more excited about what we have in store for our conference-goers this next year.  Remember back in the good ol’ days when you wagged around your conference program because that is where you marked up your schedule?  That is all a thing of the past.  How about looking at the schedule (presenters, descriptions, the works) ahead of time in the comfort of your living room and then downloading your choices onto your laptop or mobile phone or maybe just (do people still do this?) printing it out!?!

How about (and this is the part I LOVE) scheduling your Capitol Hill visits with other groups in your state online so that everyone has the correct information and changes can be made incredibly easy and without so much as an email?  Yes, that is what our new online community can do for you.  I just keep thinking how much easier it would have been in 2009 if we had this amazing tool!  Thank goodness we have it now…and it comes FREE as part of your DSAIA conference registration.

Now add on to all of that….a way to contact presenters ahead of time, to talk to exhibitors and sponsors about their product and to engage in conversations with other attendees before you even arrive in DC.  Yes, you can do all of that.  What about searching for other attendees who are interested in Diversity Outreach or Education?  Yes, you can do that.  What about connecting with other board presidents or treasurers or staff?  Yes, you can do that too!  Plus, we connect to your social media accounts!

I almost forgot the most important part – the community will stay up until time for the next conference!  Meet someone at the conference and lose their card or forget their name or organization?  Find them online! 

The tentative schedule is up now but we are waiting on you…your interest in breakout sessions will help us double-up on topics that get the most interest. 

You spoke, we listened.  Enjoy. 

You can view the community by visiting http://dsaia.pathable.com including the tentative breakout schedule. (But get registered…because that is where the fun begins!)

Special thanks to Mac Macsovits of Mile High DSA for his never-failing knack of pointing me in the right direction!  You’re awesome!

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio

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