Okay, bear with me on this one because I have young children. Not too long ago, my kids and I watched an episode of the Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss entitled “Oh, The People You’ll Meet.” It was about a boy and the Cat in the Hat traveling in a magic elevator and meeting interesting people that might play a role in the boy’s future. This got me thinking about the NFPA C&E and how the people you meet at this event might impact your future. The impact could be profound, such as if a meeting leads to a new job or a new employee…or, the impact could be less monumental, but still important, such as learning something in an education session that will save you time and money back on the job.
While I can’t tell you all the ways your future will be affected by the people you’ll meet at this year’s conference, I think I’m safe in saying you will definitely be able to learn something new from them.
Oh, the people you’ll meet include thought leaders that come from across the country and around the world to present at the C&E. Why, the Fire & Emergency Services and Public Education tracks alone have presenters from 16 different states, 2 Canadian provinces, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates!
Oh, the people you’ll meet also include folks from the public sector including the U.S. Fire Administration & FEMA, and the Department of Defense. You’ll meet people from higher education, including experts from Lund University, Seneca College, University of Maryland, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Research organizations including the CDC, NIST, and the Fire Protection Research Foundation will also be sending some of the presenters you could meet, as will Aon, Edwards, Hughes Associates, DuPont, RJA, Ford, Tyco, Siemens and Victaulic. I’d encourage you to take a look at the details of the conference sessions to see what other organizations and people will be in Chicago in June.The conference brings approximately 4,000 professionals together each year. Imagine the potential impact that networking with and learning from these people could have on your future. Oh, the people you’ll meet, if you join us in Chicago (giant talking cat and magic elevator not essential).