CS Week 2013 is one for the books

by Rod Litke

The plans, the site, the strategies, the team may all be perfect, but the value of an educational conference isn’t measured until the attendees come through the doors. CS Week 2013 had so much momentum this year in Tampa that the 311 Synergy Group chose to start half a day early to fit in all their plans and content.

The sense of a new energy filled the Tampa Convention Center. Key Account Forum debuted as a new invitation-only venue. The two-day forum focused on enhancing knowledge on the management and maintenance of relationships with key accounts. Executive Summit was larger and more robust than ever as it marked its 10th anniversary.

The CS Week Synergy Groups expanded to include Green Button and smart infrastructure. Green Button permeated CS Week this year including a workshop and remarks from Monisha Shah, deputy associate director, Energy & Climate Change from DOE, in Thursday’s general session.

The Expanding Excellence Awards presented in conjunction with Electric Light & Power expanded from six to eight winning utilities this year with the addition of the new Best Mobility Implementation category.

Survey results for Conference 37 look great. Canada Day stepped up to a workshop track for 2013. Water topics and water utility speakers were available in every time slot. The exhibit hall was full and vibrant, including 30 new exhibitors.

The annual CS Week Call for Presentations invites utility professionals across the meter-to-cash, smart infrastructure and the Green Button spectrum to propose workshops for Conference 38 in San Antonio. Abstracts are being accepted through August 20, 2013. The planning committee meets in September to review these abstracts, and then builds another solid agenda for next year in San Antonio.

CS Week Executive Perspectives adds a new element to learning at CS Week. Subtitled “What You Will Never Learn in Business School” this first in a number of video series delves into the nuances of leadership in a time of unprecedented change with five leading utility executives.

We are taking a new slant on the capabilities of LinkedIn as we add Key Account Forum and Green Button as active CS Week groups for year-round exchanges. Last but not least, we are developing a steering committee to further enhance the potential for women in utilities.

San Antonio is always fun. Plan to make it spectacular, May 5-9, 2014 at CS Week.

Rod Litke, CEO, CS Week
For more information, please visit www.csweek.org

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | San Antonio, Texas | May 5-9 2014

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