The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) national conference #GPAConf17 in San Diego, California, is coming up soon November 8-11, so we invited GPA to walk us through how to get the most out of a conference. Conferences give you a chance to connect with amazing people and provide you with opportunities to grow your professional network!
Five people with ideas about shaping the future of their profession organized their thoughts and their peers to form the Grant Professionals Association. GPA is the first organization focused solely on the advancement of grantsmanship as a profession and the support of its practitioners. (Read our Mission Statement)
Since its inception in 1998, GPA has grown rapidly. With over 2,500 current members internationally, the opportunities and benefits of membership continue to attract people from all over the globe. In the spring of 2004, Birmingham, Alabama became the first city to form a local chapter. In the year following, additional chapters were formed. The process of local involvement and self-determination is an important benefit of membership.
Member participation in national conferences held annually across the country has provided the practical fabric of a rapidly growing network of diverse grant professionals. Each year, GPA’s conference provides timely and informative workshops, round-table discussions, member receptions, funder panels, vendor exhibits and the popular individual proposal review sessions are all available to registered attendees. Additionally, the opportunity to network with peers from around the globe, listen to the keynote address and participate in the annual membership meetings ensure that possibilities abound at this exciting event.
We are looking forward to connecting with Grantchat-ers in person and via social media throughout the conference.
Q1: How many @GPANational Conferences have you attended? #grantchat
Q2: What are you most looking forward to at #GPAConf17? #grantchat
Q3: Before you get there, how do you prepare for #GPAConf17? #grantchat
Q4: How do you decide which breakout sessions to attend? #grantchat
Q5: What is the first thing you do when you arrive at #GPAConf17? #grantchat
Q6: How do you find out about what’s new in the profession? #grantchat
Q7: What can I do to meet others who share a common interest or are dealing with the same issues as me? #grantchat
Q8: What do you do to implement what you learned at #GPAConf17? #grantchat
Q9: How do you stay connected to the #grant people you met at #GPAConf17? #grantchat
Q10: How do you continue your professional development after #GPAConf17? #grantchat