Returning to work after a week out of the office is always hard. Although I was working for most of the time I was away, it felt like a much-needed, but busy, getaway. For the second year in a row, I attended the WACUHO Annual Conference & Exposition. This year it was held at the University of San Diego. And unlike last year, my volunteer assignments included being the Conference Photographer (of course!) and a member of the Host Committee, on top of my other volunteer conference duties as Co-Chair of the Equity & Diversity Awareness Committee. What this translates to is getting to events early, working through breaks, and strategically planning when I should take the next bite at dinner. However, I wouldn’t have traded the busy-ness for anything. Because this group of colleagues, many whom I consider close friends, are worth all my time and energy. And spending time with them is like food for the soul.
This year’s conference theme was “Mission San Diego: Connect, Collaborate, Cultivate”
USD has a beautiful campus.
The 2010/2011 Executive Committee
The New Professionals’ Social
I was so happy to photograph the conference alongside my friend Jacques!
This beautiful girl, Charli, came with her parents & I quickly became her paparazzi for the week. She is too adorable!
One of the highlights of the conference for me was being asked to attend and present at “WACE After Dark”. Similar to TED Talks, this was an event where a few people were given the chance to talk about their passion for 5 minutes. Little did I know, I was one of the (only) 7 people asked to take the stage. Yes, there were nerves, but as soon as I began speaking, I felt an incredible amount of support and love coming from everyone there & it warmed my heart!
Part of the awesomeness of WACE After Dark was the event location. As an outdoor, rooftop event, we were greeted with Sea World fireworks half-way through. All this, plus hot chocolate & cookies!
Evening wine-tasting reception
No WACUHO event is complete without karaoke.
The outgoing 2010/2011 Executive Committee at the Closing Dinner
The incoming 2011/2012 Executive Committee at the Closing Dinner