"Twenty five years ago I attended my first ACCED-I Conference. I was a new professional – I had a job and no clue what I wanted to do when I “grew up”. My supervisor encouraged me to attend the conference and I remember pointing out the Pre-conference Workshop for New Professionals and I asked if I could pay those few extra dollars to attend. That was the best professional development money I ever spent. To this day I remember the instructors and materials covered. That session and conference gave me roadmap to follow for my new profession. The New Professional Workshop and then that Annual Conference help make me the collegiate conference event professional I am today. Attending that Pre-conference Workshop was one of the best career decisions I ever made. Learn what these colleagues will teach you. One often thinks about career paths. Choose yours."
- Jim Hodges, Immediate Past President of the ACCED-I Board of Directors and Director of Conference & Events Services at Duke University.