By Jessica Briskin & Marci Paino, CPT, Emerging Professional Committee

Woman Excited About Conference PhotoIt is that time of year again when you may be asking yourself, “Should I attend the ISPI Annual Conference? It seems like a lot of money to spend, will it be worth it?” We will tell you why you should join us in Orlando for THE Performance Improvement conference! This year promises invaluable sessions geared specifically toward your interests, speed mentoring, resume coaching, and the ability to network with experts within the performance improvement (PI) field and other emerging professionals. There are countless opportunities for you to expand your experience and become involved before, during, and after the conference.

Before the conference begins in April, check us out on LinkedIn or Twitter ( or pose your questions to the tag “#ispi11”). Visit the the conference website to find out about the discounted rates both for the student/professor registration and Walt Disney World Swan Hotel for conference attendees.

Make your first stop at the registration desk during the conference, where you can pick up the 2011 edition of the newcomer’s packet. It provides guidance on navigating the conference and choosing sessions, in addition to offering tips on how to find jobs and resources for emerging professionals. This guide will also ensure that you do not miss any of the programs geared toward people new to the field, including:

  • The “Introduction to PI and the Conference” session–participate in an interactive explanation of performance improvement and how to make the most of the conference
  • Speed mentoring session–talk to experienced professionals who have established careers in the field
  • Career and resume coaching–participate in sessions focused on finding a job and building your career
  • The third annual Case Study Competition–watch the competition unfold when teams present their final PI solution and proposal based on a fictitious company

Other networking opportunities available to you during the conference include:

  • The community center–offers vendor, informational, and educational booths, as well as the bookstore
  • Dinner networking–provides nightly opportunities to join other attendees for dinner while learning and networking around PI
  • The networking session–provides an opportunity for you to connect with others who share the same interests as you in PI

Finally, stop by and say hello at the Emerging Professionals Committee booth, which will be stationed in the community center. You will be able pick up a summary of the 2010 University Survey results and see an updated interactive timeline. We also invite you to continue the conference dialogue during and after the conference, in real time, via Twitter and LinkedIn.

Now is the time to invest in yourself and your career! Register for THE Performance Improvement Conference today to take advantage of all the opportunities.