The #gpaconf14 Experience

We had a wonderful time sharing tips and tricks with everyone this past Tuesday for how we all get the most out of professional conferences (while still balancing our health and other obligations).  Since then, 650 grant professionals have descended on Portland, Oregon for #gpaconf14, the Grant Professionals Association’s National Conference.  What a few days it has been!  We’ve already had two great key speakers – David Shoultz (@shoultztweets) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gil Tran from the OMB office.

One of the shared comments was the need to focus on maintaining our own health while we are at a conference where sleep and normal habits can quickly fall to the side. The group walk/run gathering that #grantchat arranged for #gpaconf14 was a huge hit on Thursday – check out this group:

Group Run/Walk @ #gpaconf14

Interested in starting something similar at the next conference you attend? Ask Diane (@dianehleonard) or Jo (@jm_grants) for some tips on how they got this idea for conference group run/walk launched at #gpaconf13 in Baltimore and grew the idea for #gpaconf14.

If you haven’t been following the #gpaconf14 stream in Hootsuite, that’s okay – we’ll be putting up the Storify transcripts from the conference soon, but maybe even better than the Storify for the conference is the use of the Tagboard.com account for aggregating all social media streams for all #gpaconf14 usage.  It’s  a great quick way to see what is happening, see all the AWESOME pictures of presenters, colleagues, and new friends being shared.

Check out the #gpaconf14 tagborad here.

We’re looking forward to sharing some more formal thoughts from #gpaconf14 over the next few days and weeks, but in the meantime…keep up with us using the hashtags using your normal tools or trying out tagboard.  Now we’re off for another great day of sessions, plenary speakers, and idea sharing with colleagues.  Hope you’ll consider joining us for #gpaconf15 in St. Louis!

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