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2014 Annual Conference in Savannah!

Friday, May 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The Savannah Conference will be an amazing experience for all who attend. In addition to being against the beautiful setting of Savannah, the conference is filled with information that can be put into practice in our daily work environments. The blend of public sector and school IT professionals from around the world allows for networking and learning opportunities that are hard to come by. These opportunities make the conference worth attending in and of itself.  

As the theme suggests, IT is often more of an art than a science. The agenda contains a wide variety of topics this year in support of this idea including Thorton May, an IT futurist and Dan O’Connor, a communication specialist/energy vampire slayer. Scientific thought is covered as well through topics such as mobile applications and tech lab demos. Many sessions are presented by our peers in other organizations. One of the highlights of the conference for me is when representatives from our sister organizations in other countries give their presentations. This year this will be the final session before closing keynote and Savannah River Cruise.

Speaking of cruising, the networking opportunities this year include not only a dinner cruise, but also a Ghost Tour. Savannah ranks as one of the most haunted cities in the United States. The city itself is built upon cemeteries and Native American burial grounds. Savannah has survived hurricanes, battles and disease epidemics, but it is said that the ghosts of many who did not survive these events still remain. Please RSVP to attend this special event.

Vendors provide a wealth of information. The fact that vendors have clients at the conference often allows attendees to understand the product from our peers’ points of view. A fun way to engage with some of the vendors is through speed dating. It provides a small taste of what the vendor has to offer and then interested parties can find out more at the exhibit hall.

One final word, this event is a professional development and educational opportunity. Attendees will be able to gain 18 PDUS (6 each day) toward maintaining a PMP® certification and as always, the conference meets the annual requirements to maintain a CGCIO® certification.

Special thanks go out to the Georgia State Chapter of GMIS who have been instrumental in organizing the conference this year.

More information about this event will be forthcoming. Registration is already open so sign up to join us in Savannah August 17th - 20th.

I look forward to seeing you all in Savannah!

Laura Gonzales, CGCIO®, PMP®


2014 GMIS Annual Conference, Co-Chair

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