I have decided to start this site…finally…after attending the GPUG Summit in Reno, NV. If you ask my friend Anya, she will tell you I am the Queen of Convention Giveaways (aka Tchotcke). I have walked the long expo halls and filled my commemorative bag with squishy toy things…light up shot glasses…light up sunglasses…2 million pens…etc.
There have been 2 conferences that yielded giveaways that I will treasure forever:
Microsoft Convergence 2005 – San Diego, California
Walking the halls of the beautiful San Diego Convention Center, I learned how much bigger Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) was then our little office in San Diego. Bill Gates was the keynote speaker. He was funny and inspiring. A Microsoft MVP lead an amazing Excel class. I walked out of that class with tips I use to this day. Mark Rockwell was dressed like Elvis and summed up his thoughts in a song I can’t remember but I have never forgotten. I had never seen anyone so excited and inspired about GP or accounting software in general. If it wasn’t for Mark and his poodle skirt wearing co-workers; I might never have looked into all of the amazing tools that were being built to integrate with GP. MS Convergence 2005 was right before I moved from California to Connecticut. I left feeling inspired to learn more.
GPUG Summit 2015 – Reno, Nevada
This was truly a milestone in my career! I was a speaker in the General Sessions and an Instructor for the GP Academy. All the lessons I have learned from all of my GP mentors converged to make this the best conference ever! I really felt like I was part of the GP community. I loved sharing tips and ideas. I had the chance to brainstorm with GP MVP’s and All-Stars. I had an amazing lunch organized by the “Women in Dynamics”. Somewhere in the middle of eating my lunch and hearing their stories…it hit me: 10 years ago I was an attendee soaking in all that I could at MS Convergence….and now, I am able to help others. I walked away this week with a couple nice tchotchkes but the best take away this week was: Confidence.
You certainly impressed our Assistant Controller! She told me about your session afterwards and that it was what convinced her that coming to the Summit was a grand idea!
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Thank you so much for the comment! I had a great time in the session! Make sure she knows about my blog. I am going to add some tips that are based on my Summit sessions.
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So glad you enjoyed GPUG Summit! We loved you and it’s so great to have you in the group! Keep in touch and keep up the GREAT work Amber! You are making a difference!
Amber, I was in your madness class at Summit and enjoyed it. As a member of the GPUG advisory board and a member of the planning committee for Summit I am very grateful for your dedication to GPUG. Keep up the good work! Your presentation was extremely positive and engaging. I am sure you received high marks! Thank you.
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Thank you! I loved presenting! I hope to help again in the future.