Dec. 8-11, 2012. ASH is the American Society of Hematology, and more than 18,000 hematologists and health-care professionals turned out for the 54th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Nearly 300 pharmaceutical companies, medical suppliers, clinical-diagnostic and research-based companies, publishers, and nonprofit organizations were on-hand in this state-of-the-art exhibit hall, featuring the latest technology and research, as well as a wide range of products and services. On offer was a symposium on Epigenetics in Hematopoiesis, focused on the effects of epigenetic alterations and gene mutations on hematopoietic stem cell function, and how epigenetics play a role in hematopoietic malignancies. In addition, there was a symposium on the Basic Science of Hemostasis and Thrombosis. Kind of… well… an educational blood-bank…
Nov. 17-19, 2012. ASHA is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the ASHA convention was the premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech/language/hearing scientists. Bringing together more than 12,000 attendees, the annual convention provided delegates with a once-a-year opportunity to learn about the latest evidence-based research, polish clinical skills, improve techniques, and gain new tools and resources to advance careers and optimize the workplace. This year’s theme was “Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes,” and it focused on the partnership between clinical practice and research—the unique continuum in which evidence informs practice and builds the evidence base. Speakers did the speaking… delegates did the hearing…
Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2012. WEEC stands for the World Energy Engineering Congress. The show featured an extensive multi-track conference agenda, a full line-up of seminars on a variety of energy topics, and a comprehensive exposition of the market’s most promising new technologies. Beginning with a welcome from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the WEEC opening session featured General Colin L. Powell, who spoke about leadership during a time of crisis and change. Energy policies past and present were reviewed, and former president Jimmy Carter chipped in with a special video message. In amongst the keynoters, the ceo and president of Southern Company Services, Susan Story, had something to say about Smart Energy — a strategic framework for customer satisfaction. NBC and New York Times special correspondent Ted Koppel shared his thoughts on current events in the Middle East, musing on how those events will affect energy prices, and on differences between the energy policies of President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger. To get through all this, you needed quite a bit of “energy”…
Sept. 19-21, 2012. WFX? Something to do with “special effects on the Web”, maybe? Well, not exactly. WFX in this case stands for Worship Facilities Conference and Expo, and the idea is that it educates, trains, supports and inspires church leadership teams with new ideas, tools, and concepts to magnify the impact of the local church. Regardless of size or denomination, WFX is supposed to “equip every church team member with new skills and a renewed sense of purpose, focus and mission”. This is “a place where church teams can continually progress and grow their skills and broaden their perspective of national and regional trends”. Visitors are typically looking for education and tools specifically for their Pastors, Technology Teams, and Facilities Stewards, as it relates to the use of technology. Who knew the Almighty was a tech-freak?
Aug. 22-25, 2012. IWF 2012 is the connecting point for the woodworking, plastics, solid surface, countertops, furniture manufacturing, material processing and related industries. The International Woodworking Fair is where the material processing and design industries come together to solve problems and find solutions, share ideas and connect with customers. The show focused on furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodworking, material processing and other related disciplines and techniques. Visitors could find everything they needed at IWF 2012 from raw materials, supplies, and finishing accessories to woodworking and material processing machinery. Delegates could also see the newest products, trends, and solutions for wood, plastic and other related material processing industries. Wood works…..
June 24-27, 2012. SHRM Atlanta? Stands for the Society for Human Resources Management. The Atlanta chapter operates independently to provide a wide variety of professional development and networking opportunities for Atlanta area HR professionals. The chapter’s diverse membership represents more than 1,300 large and small organizations in the metro area, and ranges in experience from entry to senior level, varying in practice from specialist to generalist roles. The aim is developing business leadership competencies, and leading in the development of best-in-class workforces and workplaces. SHRM-Atlanta is known as a knowledge leader for moving Metro Atlanta businesses forward, by leveraging the capabilities of human resource members and partnering with the business community to create a dynamic performance environment. Now, looking at your cv, what would you say are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?