I look forward to attending the upcoming Fusion 12 conference this October in Dallas. Can I say I really look forward to it? It is not because I am the track chair for “The Executive View” and will receive a free conference pass. I have paid for similar conferences and seminars out of my own pocket just because I liked the educational value from them. It is also not because I am married with two teenage children and the out-of-town conferences present perfect opportunities to get away. I often came back home from those conferences with a strong sense of guilt, knowing my wife would have loved to have the similar time-off. It certainly is not because the event will be held in the lovely city of Dallas. When I was in Dallas for the 2009 Fusion conference, we ran into major thunder storms for a couple of days. For someone who has lived in the sunny Southern California for the most part of his life, the thunder storms in Texas were big and scary. Even with the thunder storms, I still like the city of Dallas, just to make it clear.
So what gives? I look forward to attending Fusion 12 because…
First, I am very happy with the program line-up this year. The organizing committee received a record number of speaking proposals, and it took all track chairs significant effort to go through the selection process. They had to review all proposals and speak with many of the prospective speakers. The track chairs then needed to make the agonizing decisions of deciding whose proposal to accept into the program. We had to decline many excellent proposals due to the number of available speaking slots. Those were no easy decisions, but I feel the track chairs have put together a great line-up this year.
Second, I really like the sessions which are featured in “The Executive View” track. We will have accomplished professionals from a variety of companies and industries to come and share their knowledge. I was convinced from reviewing the proposals that they all have something unique to offer, and I believe the attendees of the track will find many actionable takeaways. Many speakers in the track are also non-recurring speakers from Fusion ‘11 or ’10, bringing with them new contents that have not been delivered elsewhere.
Finally, I look forward to the conference because I am proud of the work put forth by everyone on the organizing committee. I wanted to go the conference, so I can meet and thank everyone for their time and participation. Because of their effort, I can come to the conference knowing I am going to reap great value from this learning experience. I also want to let others know how rewarding it can be to take part in planning this awesome event. I hope to encourage some to consider taking part in the organizing committee for 2013. Diversity has been good to the planning and formation of the conference in the past. I think involvement from more people can only make the future conferences even better.