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Spring Symposium Hits the Mark…

Guest Blog – Joe is traveling quite a bit this week so here with a guest blog is Andrea Litewski, Alliance Director of Education.

Last month, the Alliance held its first ever Spring Symposium, a reimagining of our traditional Mid-Year Section Meetings. Over the course of a day and a half, the Symposium had thirty sessions in five different tracks – Business Operations, Communications and Community Engagement, Compliance, Investment, and Actuaries – and close to 200 attendees participated in our inaugural event.

Because I am a “Millennial,” I am always looking for feedback.  One of the first things I do after one of our events is read the attendee evaluations. I am always so interested to hear directly from our attendees about what they loved and what we can improve. We dreamed up this new event based both on member feedback and on the roles of our attendees, many of whose day to day responsibilities don’t fall into narrow job descriptions. We wanted to create a more flexible educational event, one that reflects our attendees’ job functions, and offer the opportunity for increased networking across disciplines.

And based on the comments we received, I’d say we hit the mark – take a look:

What attendees found most valuable:

Networking. Almost half of our responses mentioned networking in their answer to what was most valuable about the Symposium.

Crossing Tracks. This was the number two top answer.

Diversity of Topics and Sessions. Attendees greatly enjoyed the variety of topics and sessions, so much so that it was difficult for them to choose which sessions to attend.

Among the excellent feedback from attendees were some very valuable ideas for improvement for next year’s Spring Symposium, including ways to create a joint session so all the attendees can come together and offering repeat sessions.  We are so grateful to you for sharing your thoughts!

Some additional comments from attendees:

“Liked the idea of having all groups together. Gave us an opportunity to attend other sessions other than frat/comm.”

“Wonderful! Looking forward to next year!”

“This is a valuable conference.”

“Excellent consolidation of the section meetings. Great job.”

“Female leadership was eye-opening! Would have liked more one-on-one with fellow women fraternalists”

“Fraternal/financial session and data visualization were amazing! I learned so much that I can take back and implement!”

Thank you so much for attending the 2017 Spring Symposium and for sharing your thoughts and ideas. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for next year’s Spring Symposium, May 22-24, 2018, back at the Loews Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

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