For most attendees at ACT’s International Conference, the event is an exciting whirlwind of activity that takes place over several days each summer. But before the first ACT member checks into the hotel, there is nearly a year of work behind the
scenes to make sure everything is ready for all that learning, networking, and fun.
Casey Murphy, ACT Events and Programs Manager, leads planning activities for ACT’s International Conference (along with our TDM Forum and Public Policy Summit) and works closely with a group of hard-working volunteer members to ensure all attendees have a great experience.
This year’s event would not be possible without Conference Committee members Kim Comstock, Kathy Molin, Craig Cotton, David McMaster, Julie Bond, Co-chairs Connie McGee and Maureen Farrell, and many other individuals. The group has participated in weekly conference call meetings since January, discussing plans for speakers, meals, breakout sessions, and schedules. Casey said, “It’s a way for me to let everyone know what’s going on and to find out if something needs to be changed.” She has also worked on nailing down such numerous behind the scenes details for our growing number of exhibitors registration, and other logistics – all critically important to smooth running of the Conference.
David McMaster and Julie Bond focused on developing the program, which involves calling for papers and coordinating judging and selecting and assigning moderators. David said, “When we start planning the conference program in early fall, it’s always a big challenge trying to predict which topics will be most important to our members a year later. ACT tries to keep up with innovations for our seasoned pros while still offering a solid foundation in TDM basics for the many newcomers we see each year.”
Kathy and Craig, Host Committee and Presidents of SEACT and Red River Chapters, respectively, worked on planning the opening and first time attendee receptions, the theme, and the tours. Kathy has found the process to be a lot of work but also fun. She said, “SEACT has had the pleasure of hosting multiple ACT international conferences. This year it has been an absolute treat working with David, Casey, and Candace. We’re a few days away, and the Host Committee has worked hard to make this conference enjoyable!”
As Co-chairs, Connie and Maureen have served as general advisors and sounding boards, contributing creative ideas, clarifying event details of previous years, and participating in decision-making. Connie said, “This was a real team effort. No one person is responsible for getting this conference planned, but we have a great team, and a great plan and that will keep the success of the conference ratcheting up!”
If you have an interest in volunteering to help plan next year’s International Conference in Anaheim, CA, contact Casey firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer are needed to assist with program development, awards, tours, and marketing/communications. Participating on the Conference Committee is a great way to give back to ACT, meet new colleagues, and help make sure this important event continues to meet all expectations of valuable TDM learning and rich, new connections.