It is hard to believe that my term as IAMC Chair is almost over, and this will be my last article. It has been an extraordinary year with several major developments, including 1) our first ever international event held in Singapore, with two additional events scheduled in London and Brussels, 2) launch of an additional event format called IAMC Local — events held between Forums in cities where there is a critical mass of IAMC members, with very successful events held in Chicago and Philadelphia, 3) an SIOR-IAMC Collaboration Agreement in which both organizations explore ways to share for the benefit of the members of both associations, 4) our largest Forum ever, held in Austin in May with 433 attendees, and 5) negotiation of a new association management agreement with Conway Data, Inc. (CDI).
I am writing this article following our July board meetings. The IAMC board, committee chairs and staff meet four times per year to review progress and make critical decisions regarding the future of our great association. On reflection of this year, I can tell you there are several critical success factors that make this such a great organization. First, we have an incredibly engaged membership with almost 40 percent of our members engaged and contributing to the organization in some meaningful way. Comparing this to other organizations, this is truly extraordinary. Second, the 15 members of the board of directors are an incredible group of leaders who understand their role in governing this organization and are committed to maintaining the reputation of excellence and quality of this great association. Third, the staff of CDI works tirelessly in the operations and administration necessary to keep our association running smoothly. Fourth, our generous sponsors, many of which have been sponsors throughout our 10 years, continue to provide a strong financial base that fuels our Forums, programs and strategies.
Another factor that makes IAMC such a special organization is the sense of family amongst our membership. Like a family, we have many opportunities to celebrate together; however, this summer we have also grieved together as we learned of the passing of our dear friend Mary Jo Hanover. Mary Jo was a long-term, very engaged member. She represented the state of Louisiana and served as co-chair of the Associate Advisory Committee. Mary Jo was a real friend of the association, and her smile and her infectious positive attitude are surely missed by many of us.
Clearly, this has been a great year for IAMC. As the plans are being finalized for our 10th anniversary celebration, the event will be outstanding. Our host committee representing member groups across the state of Nebraska and City of Omaha have worked tirelessly to ensure we enjoy our time in Omaha. I do hope you are planning to attend, and I look forward to seeing you there. I want to express my thanks and appreciation to all members who have allowed me to serve as your chair. It has been an honor and privilege for me, and I am very grateful for the contributions of so many that make IAMC such a great organization.Mert Livingstone
Gov. Dave Heineman will open the Omaha Professional Forum with a brief welcoming message on behalf of the State of Nebraska.
Mon., Oct. 14, 8:00 a.m.
Erik Weihenmayer is the only blind person in history to climb both Mt. Everest and the Seven Summits. He'll draw from life experiences, his own adversity and conversations with IAMC members to deliver the inspirational and humorous message that "character is forged in the flames of adversity and when done right, suffering can fuel greatness in whatever one endeavors."
Mon., Oct. 14, 8:10 a.m.
Futurist Dr. James Canton will talk about convergent forces that will shape the extreme future: technology, demographics, lifestyles, the work force, the economy, life sciences, security and consumer demands. Corporations will engage in talent wars; health enhancement will become a trillion-dollar business; virtual supply chains and on-demand products will rule; and real-time collaborative organizations will thrive.
Mon., Oct. 15, 1:15 p.m.
Business Consultant Dr. Kate Vitasek will explain how to leverage supply-chain management practices to improve efficiency, integration and performance. She'll propose 10 ways to create competitive advantage with supply-chain management.
Tues., Oct. 16, 8:15 a.m.
Leadership Coach Chip Madera will deliver a humorous, content-rich message on how to define a world-class brand. Organizations like the Mayo Clinic, Southwest Airlines and Disney receive high ratings from employees and customers by striving for corporate cultures of excellence that fortify their brands in the marketplace. Their experience can teach us what it takes to move our personal and professional brands to a new level.
Tues., Oct. 16, 1:45 p.m.
Economist Todd Buchholz's Omaha Professional Forum wrap-up session will take you on a tour of the hot spots, from the fragmenting Eurozone, to the confusing dynamics of China. What can the Federal Reserve do to help American consumers keep their composure? How will the U.S. Presidential election impact global businesses?
Wed., Oct. 17, 9:00 a.m.