What a Great Day!
Today was the first IL-TCE general conference day and you could just feel the energy and excitement in the air ! We broke all attendance records today with 1600 attendees and an additional 350-400 exhibitors and volunteers -- 2000 people! It was wonderful - everywhere you went there were people talking excitedly about how great our keynote speaker, David Pogue, was. People were checking schedules for breakouts, visiting vendors (great idea to have cookies and coffee in the afternoon), and making plans to have lunch or dinner with colleagues perhaps not seen since last year.
Networking between colleagues is the best. I often see people at the conference who have moved to other parts of the state or left one job for another or who have retired but still enjoy attending the conference. I sense that I'm not alone in valuing the friendships that endure from one year to the next.
If you are attending the conference on Friday, take a few minutes to answer the ICE needs survey. So far we have 442 responses! Tables with laptops are setup in the Cyber Cafe, the registration area, the Atrium, and the area across from the elevators. Thanks to all attendees that took some time from their activities to respond. Remember that anyone who answers the survey will have their name entered in a drawing for a digital camera. You do not need to be present to win. Drawing is at the annual meeting at the closing session.
Tomorrow is going to be a great day! I am looking forward to hearing our keynote speaker, Jason Ohler. See you then,
Judy Satkiewicz, ICE President