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Life After Bbcon 2018

I hung my ribbon-draped bbcon 2018 badge up in my cube this morning to remind me of my amazing and enlightening week in Orlando.  As I think back on bbcon, I am moved by the power and promise of seeing thousands of people together in one place who want to make the world better.  You are all extraordinary people, and I am honored to work with you.  I am in awe of your energy and passion.

I talked to many customers at bbcon—at lunch, in the halls and expo hall, after sessions—and I heard several common themes.  You are hungry for knowledge, for inspiration, for the opportunity to connect with each other.  You are excited to share everything you learned at bbcon with your teammates back in the office, but you are nervous about how to do that without overwhelming them or scaring them with change.  You are worried about maintaining your excitement and enthusiasm after the glow of bbcon fades.

There are no easy answers to these challenges.  Change, even for the better, makes people uncomfortable.  Let your conference knowledge empower you as a guide to discuss these new ideas with your team.  Connect with the people you met at bbcon to stay motivated.  Get involved in the Blackbaud Community to grow your network and continue to learn from your peers.  Take advantage of the free tools Blackbaud makes available year-round, like The Blackbaud Index, The Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, and resources shared by your Customer Success team.  We are here to help you power your mission.

I believe you can maintain your excitement, inspiration and motivation from bbcon.  I see you!
 
Posted by Sharon Weston on Oct 15, 2018 4:53 PM America/New_York

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I am here! Thanks Sharon Weston‍ -- I put my ninja button on my desk to keep the bbcon memories flowing :)
It takes me a while to process all the information gathered at the conference, and at this point it's still filtering! Onward and upward.
  • Posted Mon 22 Oct 2018 09:09 AM EDT
What a great event Sharon. Can't wait for next year!
  • Posted Tue 30 Oct 2018 07:02 AM EDT
I have my lanyard hanging in my office too. I hope to get a collection of them going! Working on my ninja status so I can get a ninja pin next year!
  • Posted Thu 29 Nov 2018 11:28 AM EST
Sweet. I hope I get to go in 2019!
  • Posted Tue 04 Dec 2018 11:34 AM EST
I've never been, but I heard amazing things about Bbcon 2018 through my colleagues. For those who attended last year (rather than ask what you'd like to see in the future), for someone like me whose never attended, what did you like best and least? Thank you!
  • Posted Mon 25 Mar 2019 03:35 PM EDT
Thanks Marilyn Bellemore‍, I am excited to hear you may be going to bbcon2019!  From my perspective as a Blackbaud employee, I love the chance to meet our customers and hear directly from you about your successes and challenges.  I also find the content very inspiring and motivating.   Make sure you get a lot of sleep before the conference because it is action packed! 

Our amazing community leaders already have a section up dedicated to bbcon2019.  I suggest checking out the latest updates there and ask this same question on their discussion board.  I bet you get a lot of great feedback. 
  • Posted Thu 28 Mar 2019 02:29 PM EDT
Sharon, I'm not going to bbcon2019. Thank you for explaining your perspective!
  • Posted Fri 29 Mar 2019 08:15 AM EDT