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The Power Of The Badge Flag

*This blog is from one of our Community Bloggers at bbcon. She is one of four that won tickets to attend during our Badge Quest (Ninja)/bbcon Contest.

I was terrified & excited to attend bbcon. I had no idea what to expect - this is my first BBCON, and I’ve only been using Blackbaud products since February. What if the best practices I helped my foundation develop are completely wrong? I had no idea what I knew, and I didn’t know what I didn’t know. 

I walk into the Gaylord, stand in awe for a moment, then head to registration. Last, but not least, I approach the glorious Badge Ribbon Wall. I grabbed one tag (FIRST TIME ATTENDEE, of course), then another, and another...until I got to this point: 

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It may seem silly, but each ribbon calmed my nerves. Each one was a reminder of how much I learned in the six months at my position, and how much support I’ve received through Blackbaud along the way. I looked around to the other bbcoon attendees  and their colorful badges, and I felt at home.

This is an amazing opportunity to gain insights, friendships, and business connections to guide you through the nonprofit world. First time attendees and bbcon alumni all have something to learn and share. I entered a family and support system I never knew I had. Each ribbon is an opportunity for new knowledge! I’m so excited to see what the rest of the week brings, but it can only get better from here!

Posted by KaLeigh Hurley on Oct 10, 2018 2:53 PM America/New_York

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KaLeigh Hurley‍ It has been so great getting to know you and I love, love, love your blog. We're here for you along the way and I am so thrilled you are one of my community members...and dancing buddies :) 
  • Posted Wed 10 Oct 2018 05:52 PM EDT
What a great feeling that first time attending bbcon. I remember my first and all the ribbons. I was like a kid in a candy story and super excited. Bbcon is such a great place to learn and connect. So happy you are having a great first time experience KaLeigh
  • Posted Mon 15 Oct 2018 11:43 AM EDT
Hope it was an amazing time KaLeigh!!
  • Posted Tue 16 Oct 2018 10:31 AM EDT