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Must Attend Event: Sustainovate 2009, May 13-14
April 27, 2009, 6:54 pm
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The clever and ambitious among us attend conferences for three reasons: to network, to swap ideas and to go back to our organizations with an actionable idea that makes us look like a rock star. And yet many, many conferences are organized around the principle that attendees are there to absorb information like sponges and then regurgitate reports to the boss. Weak.

Fortunately for us,Chicago’s Sustainovate 2009 is an outstanding opportunity to talk shop and develop new ideas into actionable plans.  If your company is planning to innovate out of this downturn, here are three reasons this conference is for you:

1. Network with the doers. There are just 100 people attending this conference, and they are all people who are out in the field doing the work of creating sustainable change with businesses. Added bonus: this conference is built around REAL networking – the kind where you build up new ideas with interesting people in your field.

2. Swap ideas with the pros: You know who I’m looking forward to talking with at Sustainovate? Saravana Balaji Jayaseelan, the Director of Sustainabilty for Newell Rubbermaid. According to their website, Newell Rubbermaid is building a “culture of sustainability” by engaging their employees.  I’ve spent the last two years doing just that with Walmart USA, Walmart Canada, a major utility company, and now a prominent law firm – and there is nothing I love more than talking shop with the pros!

3. Develop actionable ideas: The conference is built around deep dive sessions where participants can collaborate and build out ideas relevant to their businesses. If you are looking for some fresh insights on how you can tackle a specific problem at work, bring it with you. You’ll have 100 doers on tap to help you move forward.

Register now – there’s only a few spots left. And I’ll see you there – I’m one of the featured attendees!

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