Annual Conference Update

The 2012 Annual Conference is in full swing! I attended a very effective Volunteer Leadership Training (VOLT) on Saturday afternoon. Student & professional leaders of chapters from across the country (even a few international) discussed challenges and best practices for every aspect of IIE chapters. The session included presentations on effective leadership & a keynote by Brad Parrish of FedEx.

On Sunday evening, a number of Young Professionals were fortunate enough to be invited to join the Industry Advisory Board on a backstage tour of the “Soarin” ride at Disney World’s Epcot resort ( We learned about the technology and stories behind the filming of the movie and even got to watch the ride from behind the screen as parkgoers experienced flying over California! Luckily, they concluded the tour by allowing all of us to strap in and hang glide ourselves.

Special “thank you” to one of our own Young Professional chairs, Fernando Lamelas, for helping to coordinate this incredible event.