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Hope you all have had wonderful holidays! As I reflect on the 2017 holidays, I feel so very blessed to have good health, amazing friends, and a wonderful family. The last three months of 2017 involved a great deal of travel for me, so I found myself this holiday season particularly enjoying the peace and quiet of my living room, with soft white lights on the tree and simple lighted green pine branches on the mantel. I know many of you travel frequently for your consulting engagements and I hope that you have found the joy and peace of the holiday season for yourself.

Looking ahead to 2018, I am very excited about the upcoming conference in Savannah. Today it is 7 degrees here in Cincinnati. However, I see that right now in Savannah it is…much warmer. That certainly sounds good to me. And I expect that I will feel even more strongly about getting to some nice weather come February! But that’s just one reason to come to Savannah; I can think of so many more. Let’s start with Continuing Education credits. There are CE credits available for every keynote speaker, every workshop, and the vast majority of the concurrent sessions. The conference committee knows how valuable those CE credits are to a good portion of the membership.

Then let’s talk about keynotes. Dr. Christine Porath is internationally known for her work on civility. In the current political environment, this is a topic that will hold interest for everyone. Joann Lublin is the Pulitzer prize-winning management news editor for the Wall Street Journal. You may have enjoyed her articles, as I certainly have. She will address how to use public speaking, social media and partnerships with journals to communicate high impact messages. I am certain that her talk will leave us all with new and exciting ideas. And finally Bill Anderson is a Senior Vice President of H-E-B, a major grocery chain in Texas. Come and be inspired by his discussion on how H-E-B responded to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

And I am just getting started. There are many workshops to choose from, including a full day just for internal consultants. Our outstanding conference chairs Cristina Filippo and Layla Bokhari have also planned fireside chats, an expanded diversity reception, a session to learn from the gurus, a reinvigorated jam session, and much more. Please join us in Savannah February 8-11 to learn from the experts, earn CE credits, network with colleagues, and enjoy some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality.

Thank you,

Dee Ramsel, PhD, MBA
President, SCP