We all want different things and our “end game” is uniquely ours. What do you want to achieve at ACUHOI? Professional development dollars are scarce and as good stewards of your university assets how will you maximize your time in DC? As always I have some suggestions…take what you like & leave the rest behind.
1. ACUHOI hosts a Scholar in Residence who presents and hosts office hours. This 1-1 time with a leader in the field has great potential. Potential for a life long friendship, a future professional collaboration, for the exchange of career changing advice and ideas. So review the work of Dr. Penny Pasque and get on her schedule.
2. Thank someone. Have you been the beneficiary of any great initiatives the ACUHOI Foundation has funded? Thank a board member for their work to raise the money. Thank Major Donors- Individual & Corporate who continue to invest in our profession. We do what gets rewarded…your thanks is an act of stewardship that may encourage the donor to continue their investment.
3. Share your career aspirations-out loud. You may be surprised & thrilled by the responses from other ACUHOI professionals. Some may encourage, others may offer to assist, collaborate or connect you to your dreams. Know that none of us will get to our end game on our own and many of us love the opportunity to pay forward the generosity of past sponsors and mentors. Allow others to help you achieve your dreams.
Bonus Idea: Follow the keynotes and other speakers on Twitter – engage in the ACE convo before you arrive & use the Guidebook app to connect and maximize your engagement before, during & after the conference.
There are so many other ways to max out ACUHOI but I’m over my word limit already so please comment and share your great ideas and suggestions below! Thank you!
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