It’s always difficult to grasp that the months of hard work it takes to ensure a successful conference lead up to an event that within a couple of short days is over! Although the National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness ended on February 11, I know the 600+ attendees have since returned home and as we speak, are implementing the strategies they learned into their communities, in efforts to make a difference nationwide.
Here are my “Five Favorite” moments of the 2011 National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness:
5) Breakout Space
As a Planner it’s wonderful to be in a venue where the breakout space is within close proximity, as it ensures easy flow from workshop to workshop.
4) Delicious Cuisine
It isn’t easy to please 600+ people, so I was pleased to receive great feedback about the food; specifically the vegetarian fare. The Chef was very involved in the planning and execution of the event, and thrilled to receive positive feedback.
This year’s conference had the highest attendance since Seattle, WA (our largest ever) three years ago! It’s truly refreshing to see 650 people come together to make a difference.
Once again, we were fortunate to have 35 eager, willing, and helpful volunteers – thank you again to everyone who volunteered!
1) Robert Reich
As an Event Planner and Economics Minor, I was delighted that Dr. Robert Reich joined us for the Thursday lunch plenary to give a keynote address. Dr. Reich’s address was not only insightful, but also engaging and entertaining. He brought to the table concepts outside of homelessness but related to the topic and the hard work that our attendees participate in every day.
So there you have it – my “Five Favorite” efforts and moments of the 2011 Family Conference. Each year I enjoy seeing the returning attendee faces, as well as the new ones, each so dedicated and only wanting the best for the communities which they are able to call home. In my years of planning nonprofit events I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large group of devoted and motivated people – and all with such passion! Every year I’m privileged to work aside people who do amazing things, and I feel lucky to give all of those people a place to meet, discuss ideas, and truly make a difference. I hope to see you all July 13-15, 2011 at our National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, DC. Until then, thank you so very much for what you do each day to make a difference in your community!