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Say "Yes!" To Bbcon

This blog was submitted by our Community blogger, Austen Brown!

My bbcon whirlwind started out with Blackbaud University Day classes covering a wide range of topics related to my position as Database Manager.

Over the course of the conference, I expanded beyond my initial chosen areas of learning by seeking out opportunities to increase my knowledge; speaking to peers who worked in different non-profit fields and attending sessions that had nothing to do with my current organization or the software systems we use.


Each class/session/conversation afforded a new spark, a new “ah-ha!” moment, a new realization.  Breaks and lunches were gradually forgotten, spent talking and listening, learning new things, experiencing moments where a simple idea manifested in an action item to bring back to my organization. 


In the end, I gained something more than knowledge; I gained empowerment.   In the words of Bill Connors, “empowered to join the conversation, to be a part the decision process, to be a data leader not just a data manager…” bbcon is about meeting people doing exceptional things to change the world for the better and being inspired by it all.  

My career will be forever impacted by the wisdom gained, contacts made, and action items realized.  My organization will be impacted by the knowledge I acquired at bbcon.  When possible, I will be attending bbcon again (hopefully next year).
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Oct 17, 2018 1:52 PM America/New_York

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So glad you had a wonderful experience and have many things to share with your team! That's terrific :)
  • Posted Wed 17 Oct 2018 01:54 PM EDT
I'm so glad to have met you, Austen! I'm happy we were able to learn from each other - even in different nonprofit sectors.
  • Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 08:08 AM EDT
Austen Brown‍ I think I will use this blog to ask to go to BBCON 2019. I hope to see you there!
  • Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 12:33 PM EDT