As a graduate student, I’m constantly going to conferences, often as much as four or five a year. It’s necessary to keep up with technology, learn new skills, find best practices, and divine the future of where your industry is headed. While I always can find something useful at every conference I go to, you begin to notice a pattern in every conference: a big keynote speaker, breakout sessions with industry panels, and networking meals. And while that can be helpful in many cases, I have found that very little action takes place as a result: people may create big plans while in the conference, but afterwards there is little push to get things done. P3 Utah has noticed this as well, and created a new conference you will want to attend for different reasons.
P3 Utah’s 8th Annual Sustainability UnConference on September 21 brings together the leaders in Utah from business, non-profit, government, and community organizations. This year, instead of having a traditional keynote speaker and the usual breakout sessions, we are bringing in a national expert in facilitation, Jess Zimbabwe. Rather than simply talk about strategies our community might be able to use for solving issues, we will dive firsthand into these issues in multidisciplinary teams and take meaningful steps to address them. By the end of the day, we will have taken impactful actions to solve those issues in our community.
But don’t worry if you also enjoy those breakout sessions, because our PreConference Professional Development Workshop on September 20 will give you the inside scoop on best practices in several different industries, as well as provide continuing education credits for professional certifications.
Whatever you might find useful, you will be able to get it at P3 Utah’s Conference, September 20 and 21 at the University of Utah Guest House Conference Center. I’ll se you there!