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Selecting a Worthwhile Professional Conference

Posted By Sue Thiemann, Monday, November 8, 2010

Education and job requirements are common reasons to attend conferences organized by professional services companies. There is no better way to further your career than to draw from other professional’s body of knowledge and experience. Attendees come together to prepare themselves for the challenges they face every day in their jobs; therefore, conferences to consider attending should directly impact and relate to your job.

The Boomer 2011 Human Capital & Learning Symposium – Relating directly to your position in the firm

  • Connect and form friendships with fellow HR and Learning professionals – Network… Network… Network
  • Pre Session: Distinguishing Yourself as a Unique and Dynamic Leader
    • Tools you will receive: Unique Ability Exercise; Kolbe A Index™, The Leadership Dynamind and an action plan for using your strengths
    • Maximize your investment by attending this value added pre session for just $49
  • Earn continuing educational credit – up to 16.5 Hours of CPE

While it’s tempting to look at the registration fees first and then at the educational content and benefit, it may be an unfair approach to evaluating the total worth of an event. Assess the value of a conference on what is included in the total conference package: networking opportunities, relevant and useful conference materials, handouts and take aways you can use immediately, continuing education, and availability to industry vendors where you can view the latest products and services – this is all packed into one concentrated multiday period. Review and evaluate the program for all of the value-adds that will enhance your learning portfolio and those that allow you to give back to your company.

The Boomer 2011 Human Capital & Learning Symposium – Providing valuable sessions with tools you can use immediately

  • Speed Networking – connect and make new relationships with peers sharing your same unique issues
  • Peer lead breakout sessions using proven in-house initiatives
    • Instituting Shareholder Evaluations
    • Using technology to elevate learning to the next level
    • Performance Management – The Family Tree
    • Joining marketing with training - using NASBA webinars as a tool
    • Firm Culture: solid success or slow death: the choice is yours!
    • Training Skills Certification Program
  • Voice your concerns and opinions about the most pressing challenges in your firm and gain insight from your peers
  • Round tables sharing topics of your choosing
  • A Workshop on Mass Customization of Workforce Learning and Performance Management
  • Post conference connection
    • One year membership to the BKN (Boomer Knowledge Network), a community of thought leaders in the accounting profession with expertise in technology, practice management, human resources, training and learning and more…
  • Quarterly Conference calls to stay connected and share current issues

Take into account the caliber of speakers the conference organizer has lined up; this usually sets the bar in reference to how well attended the event might be. Good keynoters provide industry insights, wisdom, and overall business experience that conference participants can benefit from and relate to their own careers. A worthwhile conference will have several speakers who span different industries, positions, and experiences but who assimilate with the overall conference theme.

The Boomer 2011 Human Capital & Learning Symposium with an array of speakers that address your unique issues

  • Melinda Figeley Dean, Human Performance Strategies, LLC on building a strength based organization
  • Your HR and Learning Professional Peers facilitating breakout session topics using proven initiatives from their own firms
  • Rebecca Ryan, Next Generation Consulting on Managing the Millennial Invasion: From Hellicopter'ed Kids to High Managing the Millennial
  • Sandra Wiley, Boomer Consulting, Inc, ranked by Accounting Today as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting
  • Some of the most highly acclaimed consultants and thinkers in the industry

Once you’ve made the decision to attend a particular conference, congratulations! You’ve done your due diligence, and now it’s time to embrace the event. Remember: No one is more interested in having a worthwhile experience than you are, so make the most of it. What you put into the event (your enthusiasm, your interest in learning, finding value in a speaker’s comments) is what you will take away from the event.

The Boomer 2011 Human Capital & Learning Symposium

  • February 21, 22 & 23, 2011 (view the agenda)
  • The Westin Crown Center Hotel
    1 East Pershing Road
    Kansas City, Missouri 64108
    816-474-4400
  • Register by December 31st for $895 (first person) and $745 (each additional person)
    • January 1st and after for $995 per person
  • Pre Conference for $49 (per person)
  • We want to see your there!  For more information or to register online visit our HCLS website.

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