We asked, you spoke, we listened. EFAM 2013 will be different because that’s what our EFAM attendees are asking for. We’ve revised the schedule, consolidated some sessions and refocused our networking events. We can’t wait for you to experience all the wonderful opportunities for learning and networking EFAM provides. Below is a summary of what has changed.
EFAM is starting earlier this year.
EFAM is starting on Saturday in 2013. We’re kicking it off with some outstanding educational opportunities for new, current and aspiring leaders. We want to provide attendees the opportunity to make it back in the office before an entire week has gone by so we’re starting a day earlier. Evening of Welcome is being moved to Saturday evening.
We’ve replaced the post-EFAM Leadership Workshop with a Pre-EFAM Bootcamp.
The post-EFAM leadership workshop is now the IAAP Leadership Bootcamp. New, current and aspiring IAAP leaders come for a four-hour session on Saturday, July 27 and attend this high-energy, quick-paced leadership training event. Leave your dress shoes at home and be ready to stretch your thinking muscles and push your core to really focus on being the best leader you can be in IAAP. As an added bonus, this session is included in the regular registration fee, which means no more separately ticketed items.
We’ve done away with ticketing.
EFAM 2013 will not be issuing tickets for any session or event. The only event you can purchase a ticket for is the Closing Celebration (formerly the Final Night Banquet). Everything else requires either a single day registration or full-package registration.
Educational sessions are now open seating.
We are offering a lot of choices and variety with EFAM educational sessions. With so many outstanding sessions, you’ll have a hard time choosing which ones to attend but there will be lots of room for you. We’re setting all rooms to seating capacity. In the unlikely event you can’t find a seat in your first-choice educational session, there will be room for you in another session. All handouts and slide decks will be made available in advance for every session to all full registration attendees. Some of the more popular sessions, such as Microsoft 365 and Google Apps, will be offered twice.
Recertification points are still logged.
You will complete your recertification points form located in your registration bag, as you have done in the past.
I’m a Delegate. Will you be repeating sessions I have to miss?
The Education Committee of IAAP has selected a handful of sessions to repeat later in the week so our delegates can participate in just about any session they want to attend.
We’ve added an Awards and Recognition Luncheon.
The Awards and Recognition Luncheon replaces the Leadership Luncheon of the past and combines some of the awards recognition that took place in the general sessions and also in the Final Night Banquet. All full-package attendees will attend the luncheon as part of your registration fee. It’s an opportunity to honor colleagues for their service to their community as well as to IAAP.
Marketplace is replacing Office Expo.
Office Expo is now called Marketplace. Based on feedback from past attendees and vendors, Marketplace will be split into two groups. You will note a preference on your registration form. If you attend the morning Marketplace, you can take technology education sessions in the afternoon and vice versa. All of the same vendors will be there in the morning and the afternoon and all of the giveaways will be better managed, along with the crowd, so attendees will be more efficient. It gives you more time to speak with vendors of interest to you in your business.
The Final Night Banquet is now the Closing Celebration.
We are shifting the focus of the banquet from association business to a celebration; a celebration of you and the profession. This night will focus on members helping members by raising money for The Foundation of IAAP through a silent auction. This is money that will help more people come to EFAM in the future as well as help office professionals through community-based initiatives. This is still a formal, dinner event.