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Matthew Stone
California State University, Chico

West Federation Conference Recap:  Getting Better all the Time

Did you miss the West Federation CHRIE Conference?  Our attendees think you should have joined us. How likely were they to recommend the conference to a colleague:  9.1 out of 10! The credit goes to our board, but also to our members, who roll out the welcome to both new and returning attendees. I am involved in ICHRIE because of the warmth of the Western Federation—board members, past board members, and long-time conference attendees who make newcomers welcome.

What makes a great conference?  Meeting and exceeding the expectations of the attendees.

Networking is a key benefit to attend any conference, and our hosts (California State University East Bay and Director of Conferences Tom Padron) delivered with a delightful welcome reception and two days of “Education in the Vines.”  Over 90% of respondents felt that there was enough time for networking, but our attendees want more. Look for us to improve on this in 2020—as we find more ways to not just introduce each other, but to make meaningful connections. Over three-fourths of responding attendees met someone new at our conference who they plan to keep in touch with during the next year. We are aiming for 100% in 2020.

We love the opportunity to share our research and learn what research is currently in the pipeline, but time at conferences is limited.  In response to our members, we added 10-minute presentations to the 2018 conference, and we did this again in 2019.  These “speed presentations” give attendees a chance to hear from more researchers, and it provides more time for presenters to get feedback from the audience.  While I may think my research is the most fascinating thing in the world, I now realize that maybe a 10-minute snippet may be best. It forces us to succinctly communicate, while also providing time for feedback and interaction that may only be available at conferences. Over 90% of respondents liked having the option of 10-minute, 20-minute, or poster presentations. We will keep these options available in 2020. I also want to send kudos to the best proposal award winners. For the research track, Karen Xie, Linchi Kwok, and Cindy Heo were awarded for “Love Thy Neighbor? Agglomeration Effect on Home-Sharing Businesses.” For the teaching track: Joseph McKay, Kimberly Addair, & Gail Sammons were awarded for “Human Trafficking Awareness Training Module.”

Next year, the host university will be Cal Poly Pomona, in sunny Southern California.  We will continue to incorporate our attendees’ desires to make the conference better.  Will it be worth it? 90% say the value of the conference was equal to or greater than what they paid. Come see for yourselves: February 6-8, 2020.


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