Guest post by Tera Qualls, communications coordinator, Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University
Over the course of the week of the conference, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, connect with new and long-lost friends, learn about new tools to support your work in the nonprofit sector, and develop yourself professionally. The conference provides endless opportunities to do all these things, all the while having fun.
As a participant in two past conferences, I can tell you that you can expect to:
The conference provides a variety of opportunities to learn from your peers and other experts in the field. Each breakout session and plenary are full of important information you can use in your work.
Independent Sector’s conference is my favorite place to network each year. There are many colleagues from around the sector I don’t get to see very often and this is a great place to catch up. Even if you don’t know many people going into the conference, you will be sure to afterwards. The conference provides intimate opportunities to discuss issues, concerns, and best practices with your peers from across the sector.
Alongside learning and networking, fun is an important thing to expect at the conference. Independent Sector’s annual conference isn’t just another conference. The staff works hard to provide energizing, exciting events at every corner.
Every time I attend the IS conference, I leave feeling more energized for my work. It is great to network with colleagues that are experiencing many of the same issues I am and to expand ideas and opportunities for doing my work.
Overall, the conference is a great week to remember why you’ve chosen the career you have and get rejuvenated for your work. Come prepared for all of the things above and you will have a great experience.