By: Brian Gresham – Director of Publications and Social Media

As THE Performance Improvement Conference has come and gone, the International Society for Performance Improvement is now gearing up for the 2013 conference in Reno, Nevada. All the preparation and hard work during the conference by ISPI staff and volunteers pulled things together and made the 50th anniversary of ISPI quite memorable.

My conference experience began with setting up registration immediately followed by the chapter leader reception and luncheon. In the luncheon I was bombarded with so much excitement and enthusiasm, and I saw the level of dedication the chapter’s have for expanding their reach of ISPI’s mission and the drive for continued growth of ISPI. This group of people was a great group of people to be around and share an experience with. But my introduction to the “ISPIers” level of drive and determination would not stop there. Immediately following the luncheon I met with the Emerging Professionals Network (EPN) to discuss goals, resources, and the growth of the group. The meeting was phenomenal and all our set goals for the meeting were more than met. The level of excitement and energy in these two groups is a kind of excitement I had never experienced before in a professional association, it was a whole other best. The best part is, the level of excitement did not diminish through the duration of the conference. It just kept going and going… and is still going even after the conference.

However, beyond the excitement ISPI members have for their professional home, I did my fair share of learning about the organization as well. I had an the great opportunity to sit in on the keynotes, educational sessions, and join in on social events and gatherings. I was exposed to how encompassing performance technology is and how it is used in different organizations through out the world. Everyone was very welcoming and eager to share their perspectives, insight, and experiences of ISPI with me.

From the first day to now, we are learning that members were more than pleased with all of our hard work; our ears rang with comments of “Good job!” and “Best conference yet!” The praise was well deserved, after all the staff brought our “A” game. It was a lot of hard work and long hours, but well worth it. I would also like to take this opportunity to give a big shout out and a huge special thanks to all the volunteers, the Chico students, and Toronto Chapter, with out them, this level of accomplishment would have have been possible.