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Thursday, April 12, 2007

WISE2007: Final Thoughts

What a day! People who had been to multiple WISE symposiums said this one was the best. It was the first one with two tracks: startup and growth. That seemed to make a difference. And overall, the speakers were excellent.

As I think back on the day, these are the things that stand out to me:
  • It is always heartening to see who comes to this event and where they are from. Women came from the greater Syracuse area, Rochester, Ithaca and the Southern Tier (that I noticed). This is a "mecca" event that draws women together to learn, network, and be inspired.
  • Speakers taught without sounding like they were teaching. For example, B. Smith and Randy Snow told stories, yet those stories were filled with lessons. Taking notes for this blog helped me find the lessons. Likely others heard things I missed. (Please feel free to leave comments on these blog posts with information from the event that you want to share.)
  • So many speakers, so little time! With two sets of concurrent sessions (16 sessions total), what I captured was a fraction of the content. (Those that I covered were Randy Snow and Mary Cantando.)
  • The WISE symposium has outgrown the OnCenter. Although the ballroom was amazingly able to acommodate this year's crowd, the breakout rooms were slightly too small. And the hallways and open area (where a mini-trade show was held), really were not meant for the crowd on hand. Moving nearly 800 people through those areas at once required a lot of patience on everyone's part. Since there is not a larger facility in the area, the challenge for the organizing committee will be figuring out how to continue to accommodate the crowd that they get.
They did not announce the date of next year's symposium. It should be on about the same date in April 2008. Look for announcements towards the end of this year here and on distribution lists geared towards women business owners.

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