I like to lead by example. So I attended the Western Washington Summit 2014 event hosted by the West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) in the Seattle-area. My point is that, once a week, you need to engage in some form of professional outreach to remain relevant in your career. The choice of this outreach is yours; it’s the attitude to get out there that’s important.
Pictured: Renee Radcliff Sinclair and Charles Keating
Specific to the Western Washington Summit 2014, organizers Charles and Dona Keating held a mid-day event highlighted by speeches from Congressman Derek Kilmer, Olympic College Dean, Norma Whitacre, and Renee Radcliff Sinclair (who recently directed Strategic Initiatives at Apple). Sinclair just happens to live in the area and she spoke eloquently about technology in education. In a lighter moment, her Windows-based laptop display stumbled with an errant right-click context menu and this Apple executive needed Charles’ assistance in escaping out of it. Welcome to Seattle, Renee!
Pictured: Congressman Derek Kilmer addressing the conference audience.
Seriously, end-to-end, I proudly invested a half-day in this opportunity. I also did the same by attending the Olympic College Community Luncheon (produced by the Olympic College Foundation) earlier in the week. While I’m not advocating you attend too many external events at the expense of your day job, I just know that goodness happens to those that try. Join me in circulating in your community.