Conference 2018 wrap up

IAAIS Conference 2018 in Boulder Colorado took place May 3-5 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield CO.  It was hosted by Audio Information Network of Colorado, Boulder. Forty-two audio information service professionals were in attendance. Thirteen individuals were attending for the first time. Conference scholarships were awarded to Harold Anderson of Valley Eye Radio, Springfield, MA; Mandy Bishop from Indiana Reading and Information Service, Indianapolis, IN; Ken VanProoyen of The Sight Seer, Grand Rapids, MI; Bailey Hennis from Recording Library of West Texas, Midlands, TX and Jane Nielsen, Executive Director of Radio Talking Book, Omaha, NE.

Thursday started with an introduction to IAAIS, greetings from conference host David Dawson, Executive Director of Audio Information Network of Colorado, and  the mayor of Boulder, Suzanne Jones. This was followed by the introduction of attendees and general business session. The day culminated in a lovely tour of the AINC Studio and a bus trip to Pearl Street.

We held our first “Nonprofit Spectrum Day” on Friday. Featuring nonprofit author, trainer and blogger, Beth Kanter, the day was filled with workshops of interest to all nonprofits and open to nonprofit professionals in the Denver/Boulder area.  The luncheon keynote featured “The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Linking Self-Care and Wellbeing to Impact”. The evening was free from events but many people took advantage of transportation arranged by AINC and explored downtown Boulder.

Saturday was the culmination of all the learning and conversation with another full day of workshops including the ever popular “What Keeps You Up at Night?”. The closing business session included discussion about a name change for IAAIS as well as the first draft of a job description for IAAIS’ first Executive Director. The conference scholarship recipients all gave a short presentation on their “take-aways” from the conference during the closing business session.

The conference reconvened at 6PM for the President’s Reception and Awards Banquet. In addition to the Program of the Year Awards, it was the second year for the IAAIS Public Affairs Awards.   The award for Volunteer Excellence was awarded to Lori Tesdahl of Audio-Reader Network for her flexibility in taking on reading assignments along with her work on the fundraising event “For Your Ears Only”. Excellence in Organizational Leadership was awarded to May Tran, Executive Director of Triangle Radio Reading Service Inc. of Raleigh NC. The Fundraising Excellence Award was presented to MindsEye Radio for their “Blindfold Breakfast”.   Excellence in Communications and Marketing was awarded to VOICEcorps of Columbus Ohio for their year-long marketing campaign to raise name recognition of the organization. Each of these awards came with a $500 monetary gift.

Conference 2019 is scheduled for June 6-8 at the Embassy Suites, Phoenix-Biltmore, Phoenix Arizona. This event is hosted by Sun Sounds of Arizona. Room rates are $119 plus tax. Conference registration is $350, scholarships are available.