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MISAC 2019 Conference Reunites Old Friends and Sparks New Ideas

Monday, October 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
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After another year, hundreds of connected souls had reunited at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey.  No, this wasn't a family reunion, although such an observation wouldn't have been too far-fetched. 

 

According to MISAC attendees, (both members and vendor partners), the MISAC conference exhibited more than knowledgeable and insightful sessions: it also brought together a community of kindred spirits.  Because of the supportive relationships cultivated through MISAC, members have been able to impart the same level of energy and enthusiasm into their own organizations.

 

This year's theme was "IT: Your Vision, Our Future."  Dozens of breakout sessions focused on strategies and solutions to prepare agencies for the future.  The vast majority of these sessions are member-produced, making them proven, practical, and highly popular. 


While the conference's theme focused on the future, the spirit of the conference could easily be summed up by the "Yes, And" and "Yes, If," and "How To" keynote speaker mentalities. .  Keynote speaker and comedian Galen Emanuele used simple and highly effective improv exercises to teach attendees about the power of openness and teamwork. 

 

Scott MacDonald from Info-Tech Research Group used the power of data to illustrate that project delivery and relationships are the keys to attaining outstanding business satisfaction with IT. 

 

Renowned author and speaker Doug Lipp of "Disney U" fame led attendees through the entertaining and exceptional Leadership & Innovation Forum on Wednesday to close out the conference.

It's difficult to ignore the role that the lovely Portola Hotel played throughout the conference with wonderful accommodations in an incredible location.  The integrated convention center enabled an all-time record of 100+ partner organization to participate through exhibit booths and various forms of sponsorship. 

 

One of the unique elements of any MISAC conference is the many opportunities for attendees and partners to network and have meaningful conversations.  Somehow the event feels much smaller and more intimate than it would seem possible with 500+ participants. 

 

Not to be outdone, the host city of Monterey managed to order up one spectacularly beautiful day after another.  New and old MISAC acquaintances were frequently overhead gushing with one another about the entire experience.  The event was truly the outcome of an extended government family affair.


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