From The Desk of NABT (35-04)
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Jennifer N. Brinkley
Am I really hearing holiday music playing already? How is that even possible? It feels like just yesterday it was 80 plus degrees outside and the kids were begging to go to the pool. In all fairness, that may have in fact been yesterday. I do live in Atlanta, Georgia where fall is but a mere blip on the radar before winter, or our southern version of it, jumps onto the scene.
Still, I can’t believe 2019 is coming to a close. It’s been a busy year and time has flown by. The old adage that time seems to move faster and faster every year becomes more of a reality to me every day that passes. Taking a moment to reflect on the past year has become so much more vital to me as I try to figure out how the days passed so quickly.
In my reflections, I can’t help but think of all the changes NABT has experienced this year. We rolled out a new website, hosted three regional events and launched new opportunities for members and business partners to connect with one another.
Our 2019 Annual Conference in Denver provided hours of specialized CLE education and networking with your colleagues. In 2018, we introduced an event APP to the conference and increased usage by 8% in 2019. Overall attendance at our 2019 Annual Conference grew by 39% and 64% for Trustee attendance.
We still have a great deal to look forward to in 2020, starting with NABT’s first Un-Conferenced Conference, the Trustee Practice Workshop: Managing Trustee Economics and the Trustee’s Office. This full day educational experience will mix the more traditional panels of speakers with interactive work groups and practical, hands-on learning opportunities. Be sure to mark your calendars to join us in Atlanta on March 17-18.
Of course, we always look forward to our annual conference. Next year’s will be in Washington DC starting August 26th. We are continuing to add content and resources to our website and our efforts to get that raise for our trustees are only increasing.
As we near the end of this year, and look forward to the future, take a moment to reflect on what your involvement in NABT means to you. And always remember, if you have ideas on how we can better serve you, let us know. This is your association; your membership, and we aim to make it the most valuable resource to you.
Jennifer N. Brinkley