September 29, 2008
Contributed by Anand Chhatpar, CEO of BrainReactions LLC http://brainreactions.com
I have attended and even spoken at many conferences in the past, but none of my previous experiences even come close to the delightfully invigorating and valuable event put together by Frost & Sullivan this year in San Francisco at their Growth, Innovation and Leadership conference ‘08. I think other companies that organize conferences for business leaders have a lot to learn from Frost.
Here are some key highlights that came out of the event for me:
1. High interactivity: The facilitated discussions and networking opportunities allowed me to learn directly from peers in leadership positions. Not only did I gain insight into what worked and what did not work for others in similar positions, but I was also able to connect a name and a face to each story that I learned from. That is invaluable because my knowledge retention here was very high. My knowledge retention from most conferences that focus mainly on presentations is fairly low.
2. Exemplary speakers: The speakers that Frost & Sullivan had brought together for this event were exceptional. One speaker that I had a chance to connect with, Mr. Murugavel Raju from Texas Instruments, himself embodies the ideas of “Growth, Innovation and Leadership” that Frost is promoting with the conference. Mr. Raju began his career as a small-time embedded systems engineer in India, and used his creativity to win a contest sponsored by Texas Instruments. TI offered him a job after recognizing his talent, and he has tirelessly climbed one peak after another within TI to reach his current senior management position.
3. Remarkable Team: The team from Frost & Sullivan that put together the event did a thorough job. Brian Denker from Frost is a very reliable young man who keeps everything running smoothly behind the scene. Joe Krumpfer is extremely helpful and jovial. I also had the distinct pleasure of having dinner with David Frigstad, Chairman of Frost & Sullivan, who is an inspiring entrepreneur. David started a market research company right after graduating from Indiana University and eventually bought the Frost & Sullivan brand. Everyone from Frost had a wealth of knowledge to share and ensured that each event attendee was receiving value by being there.
If you have attended a Frost & Sullivan conference already, I’m sure you will agree with my review. If you have not attended a Frost & Sullivan conference before, I would highly recommend it. They have already begun planning the next Growth, Innovation and Leadership conference and very soon will have these all over the world: http://www.frost.com/gil
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