I’ll just get it out there. The annual ACMP conference is one of my favorite events! No, I don’t get to go every year, but when I do, I’m always reminded of how great it is to be surrounded by over 1000 like-minded change practitioners. I always like to say it’s where I’m with “my people.”
This was my fourth (or fifth?) conference, it’s such a good opportunity to connect, or reconnect in many cases, with industry friends, learn about the latest trends in our capability, and generally get excited about the field we’ve chosen as our career.
Particularly great this year was connecting with Charlotte-area participants at the Chapter lunch, which is always scheduled for the first full day. How far we’ve come! The Charlotte Chapter had two full tables, and what was even better was that at least half of the folks were new to me. Many of these change experts were first time participants at the conference, and you could just see their eyes bright with the same excitement that I always feel! Our chapter is growing and there are great things ahead.
Of course, there were many other highlights during the conference. The large group sessions, culminating with closing keynote Seth Godin, were strong as usual, and what I always consider the “meat” of the conference, the smaller elective sessions, failed to disappoint. As usual, there were always multiple ones that I wanted to attend at the same time! Of the many I attended, my favorites were the “How to Win at the Intersection of Agile and Change Management” led by Prosci’s Tim Creasey, and the “Breakthrough! Transforming the Way Change Projects are Led,” facilitated by Dean and Linda Anderson. These were world-class sessions facilitated by some of the strongest thought leaders in our industry.
And, as usual, there was plenty of fun to be had, with extracurriculars each evening. The capstone event was our celebratory party at Universal’s Harry Potter World on Tuesday evening, where we had dinner, drinks and the rides to ourselves. It was magical!
If you haven’t attended an ACMP conference, add this to your bucket list. It’s a must-do for any serious change management practitioner. If you’ve been in the past, know that it’s worth your time and resources to get back. Each year, the conference gets bigger, a great thing for our discipline, and the content stronger. I always come away recharged and ready to help drive our discipline in the real world, assisting in solving the problem of bleeding ROI on our projects. Each one of us adds value, and together, we can make a huge difference.
The ACMP conference is an awesome way to get plugged and be a part of the change. Do it!