Consider Hosting a NAADA Conference
Friday, February 21, 2014
Have you ever considered hosting a NAADA Conference? It can seem
quite daunting, but before you write off the idea, consider this — it
was with some hesitation that the University of Minnesota submitted a
proposal to host the 2009 conference. Would NAADA members want to come
to Minnesota after a conference in Hawaii!? And the economic situation
in the US was looking pretty grim (slashed travel budgets, etc.)
we could rely on fantastic support from the NAADA staff at Ewald
Consulting as well as the wisdom and resources shared by previous hosts.
Hosting the conference gave us the opportunity to shine at home
(several representatives from central administration participated), show
off our facilities (research facilities, the new TCF Bank Stadium, the
Landscape Arboretum) and engage our students, alumni volunteers and
donors in a unique way. Several professionals from other parts of the
university presented sessions, including the director of the nationally
recognized U of M Parent Program.
But the greatest benefit is that
5 years later, our advancement team in CFANS is stronger than ever.
Before the conference, we were much more separated both by our
professional silos and our physical locations. We didn’t realize the
possibilities for connections and collaboration. Working together over
two years to plan the conference brought us closer together. Recently
we've established a monthly industry roundtable discussion that brings
together admissions, alumni relations, development, communications,
student services, career services, and international programs to discuss
how we can better collaborate with our partners. It has been a
fantastic way to share information, support each other and "build
bridges”. So before you dismiss the idea, think about the benefits of
bringing the NAADA conference to your institution, and know that there
are colleagues at previous host institutions who are ready and willing
to support you.
I hope that you will consider submitting a proposal – the RFP form is located here.
If you have questions about what hosting a conference entails, please
give me (Mary Buschette, 612-624-1745) a call or contact Jillian
Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.