Professional Education & Events
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The Importance of Attending Conferences
You likely have a huge workload and getting out of the office can be difficult. So why bother?
Attending conferences can give you insight to improve not only your own performance but also that of your organization. Between educational sessions, exhibitor solutions and hallway discussions, you are certain to identify better, faster and cheaper ways to get the work done.
When you work for years in your own bubble, you can lose sight of the fact that there is a whole world out there. There is always room to learn something new. Getting a variety of viewpoints can help us see where we can change or improve our own ideas and processes.
Still the best way to expand your professional network, at conferences you can meet others who have solved the very same problem that has been troubling you. You may even find a mentor to call on for career advice, contacts, and solutions. “Speaking the language” with like-minded individuals can re-energize your passion for your work! You likely know a number of people as a result of e-mail contact or social media interactions. But attending conferences allows you to meet a wide range of people face-to-face and forge more permanent bonds with them.
“The people I rely on the most in my career are those I've personally met and spent quality time with at conferences. They are the ones I count on when I get stuck trying to find information or when I have a problem I’m trying to solve at work.” – Hilary Perkins, GISP, AICP, City of Maryland Heights, Missouri
- GIS-Pro Annual Conference
- GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference
- GIS in Public Health
- GIS in Transit
- URISA Caribbean GIS Conference