This is a series of posts from my road trip in 2011 where I traveled around the US and Canada giving talks, attending conferences, visiting IGDA chapters, networking, hanging out with friends, and dog sitting an adorable pug named Thomas!
I don’t have a lot of energy to do a full IGDA Leadership Forum1 recap post. I will say that once again the LF didn’t disappoint and although there is a small minority who wishes the LF was in a different city (or other events in another country), or moved to a little later or earlier in the year, the definite majority appear to really love this event and the fact that it’s a separate, high-quality event (and not during July crunch!). Because it is held as a standalone event, it comes with a certain type and caliber of people you generally don’t find anywhere else.
It also makes it a unique event that not only sets the IGDA-run event a part from other events but is also a valuable event when it comes to professional development (the sessions), connecting with peers (great networking), and advocacy (the ability to get the IGDA message out to those who have the power to do something about it) – the three main parts of the IGDA mission2. It theoretically also gives the IGDA a premium event to sell to sponsors due directly in part to the type of demographics that the attendees makes up. Lots of non-profits, and professional associations in particular, make the majority of their revenue via events used to provide the greatest benefits to their members as well as a greater ability to be an advocate for their members on issues that matter. Because this event seemed to go really well, along with the IGDA Foundation3 Charity Dinner, I sure hope they do another one next year. Having multiple standalone events like the Leadership Forum and the IGDA Summit4 are one of the keys to a strong foundation financially for the organization.
Below are several photos as highlights from the conference and dinner. Because I’m exhausted and almost ready to start heading home I’ll leave all my tweets with the hashtag #igdalf do my talking for me. Goodnight all.
P.S. Big thanks goes to Keith Fuller (@someproducer5), Liz Tupper (@etupper6), and Jacqueline Urick (@moarinternets7) for joining me for a sunset dinner by the water and a great round of Car Karaoke. I will survive!