I have recently joined the Orientation Committee for SQL PASS Summit 2011 and become a ‘big sister’ f0r eight first-timer attendees. This is one of many ways of mine to give back to this awesome community that we have. I have many big brother/sister in the community that help me tremendously even with their busy schedule and I am excited about the opportunity to give back.
This program launched last year and I heard a lot of great stories about it. I wasn’t able to participate last year since I wasn’t attending the conference myself, even though I attended ‘after-session’ events and was able to be around most of my ‘SQL friends’ and put face to their twitter-handles. When I saw the invitation to join the OC, I immediately sent them an email and expressed my interest.
This year would be my 4th year of attending SQL PASS and I wanted to help all the first-timer attendees out there to get more than just the sessions during PASS. I work only a couple blocks away from the convention center in downtown Seattle and know my way around and been living here since 2002. On top of that, I’m in twitter quite often and know (virtually) and personally a lot of
cool kids awesome SQL peeps and in most cases, know where the after-sessions events are going to be.
If you are a first-timer, I strongly recommend you to join this program. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will assign you to one of the ‘big brother/sister’ to show you around or give you the insight on what’s going on. Never underestimate the value of the networking with other SQL Professional and after-sessions events are the best way to do that.
If you are attending the summit this year, and this is not your first time – please consider to join the Orientation Committee and send an email to OC_DL@sqlpass.org. You might think it’s not going to make a difference, but it is. Arnie Rowland (b | t) has a great post about it and uses an awesome analogy for it.
Well, I have sent my first email to my group and got a reply from almost all of them. I get to learn who they are, where are they coming from and what they do for living. I will send another email in a week or two, and share some information, events as I know them as well as giving them tips for places to see/go (even though in most cases – I always start with sharing Kendra Little (b | t) awesome post about Seattle 101 – thank you, Kendra!), what to bring, and answering any other questions they have. In a way – I’m their personal concierge for this SQL PASS Summit.
It’s an awesome program and I’m excited to be in it!