Top Ten Reasons to Get Excited about the Forum Annual Conference!


10. Location, location, location: Chicago. The city of broad shoulders, home to deep dish pizza, home to that crazy box they put on the Willis Tower where you can look down and see how crazy high up you are, sausage, hot dogs, art museums, improv, the hottest team in the American League Central, da Bulls, da Bears, not to mention our home-away-from-home, the hotel Sofitel.

9. Social Media mania. Boy, do we have a session for you! We’ve gathered the network’s top social media advocates for a thought-provoking skill-building session. Allen Gunn, aka Gunner, will be back to facilitate. Follow all the conference action on Twitter through the hashtag #Forum10.

8. You’ve probably heard a lot about Jeff De Cagna, now you can ask him your questions face to face as we focus in on business planning with one of the top experts in the field.

7. John Graham, President and CEO of ASAE,  explores the “New Normal” for Regional Associations as the association management paradigm changes dramatically in the digital era amidst the economic downturn.

6. At the Stop, Collaborate and Listen session, you’ll learn about the exciting work your colleagues are doing together around the country and what the Forum is doing to facilitate!

5. Author of Super-Charged Giving and Chair-Elect of Southeastern Council of Foundations, Dr. Byron Harrell offers a vision for the future of philanthropy and how regional associations can stay relevant in the era of Super-Charged Giving.

4. Meet our newest member NCNG! Bobbi Hapgood, Executive Director of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, will be in attendance. Make sure to say hello.

3. President & CEO of the The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and new Board Chair of the Council on Foundations, Carol Larson, will deliver the opening remarks on Wednesday morning. Get there early for this one!

2. Network with the Network. You don’t get a chance to meet your colleagues from all over the country often enough.  There will be tons of opportunities for discussions and interaction, not just sessions and lectures. Meet and welcome new colleagues! Collect great ideas from around the country. Learning practical tips about membership management, communications, building networks, and more!

1. It is an important time for our network.  We have a lot to be proud of, but the work we do together in the coming years will be critical to our success. That success begins now, at the Forum’s Annual Conference.

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