Last year our Advisories to the Membership were a resounding success.
Our goal was to take people from the WiscNet community who were passionate about a variety of topics and have them learn with others who had the same interests, ideas, and questions, and we not only met that goal but exceeded even our own high expectations. We want to keep that momentum going for 2017-18.
We've heard over and over that these conversations helped you discover tools and strategies for your work. We've also heard that the knowledge, skills, and experience you shared with one another at each meeting and in group presentations sessions at WiscNet Connections enabled many others to learn from you as well. This is what a membership organization is all about: you strengthen the value of being a WiscNet member, and you strengthen each other.
Ch-ch-ch-changes: new groups, new meeting format
Based on some of the things we've learned, we're changing it up a bit moving forward. There's a tweak to one group, and the addition of a new one. The 2017-18 groups will focus on the following topics:
- Community Area Networks
- Advanced Networking
- Next Generation Leadership
We heard some of your challenges, so we've now arranged it so that all groups will meet on the same day, in the same location. We're extending things a bit in order to maximize your time connecting and learning from one another: we'll host a Networking Social the evening before each day-long meeting, but there will only be two meetings prior to WiscNet Connections next May.
Again, we're asking for your commitment: both dates, both locations. Continuity is important, and our group leaders found that the folks who missed a meeting last year didn't get quite as much out of it as the people who were able to make it to all of them. You're giving this your time, energy, funds, and people power -- that's a real investment and we want you to get the biggest possible return.
Choose an Advisory group and sign up!
So how does this work?
1. Choose one Advisory group in which to participate this year.
2. RSVP for each meeting date (see below) by reserving a ticket for your chosen group, as well as one for the Networking Social the evening before the meeting.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Madison Marriott West in Madison
RSVP here by September 29
Thursday, January 18
St. Norbert College in De Pere
RSVP here by January 11
As always, your input and involvement in this organization makes everything better -- us included. We're thrilled to embark on the second year of Advisories to the Membership and hope you'll join in. It's when we get together, in the same room, connecting with each other, that the good stuff happens.
Questions? Contact Sarah Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.