Five Reasons to Invest in Professional Development – and Yourself

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Donna Talarico Donna Talarico

By Donna Talarico

The first time I tried it, I was a sophomore in high school. And now I’m hooked. A conference junkie. That’s what I am. Ever since that inter-scholastic journalism conference in Oklahoma I haven’t been able to escape the craving to alter my brain with new things, to be inspired by others’ passions.

Professionally, my first taste of sharing expertise—and enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people gathering from all over the country—was at Solid Cactus Boot Camp, a semi-annual conference hosted by my former company for our ecommerce clients. When I moved into higher education, I immediately hit the conference circuit – and took a chance on submitting a proposal to present at the first industry event I attended, HighEdWeb. It was accepted, and this October will mark my sixth time giving a session or workshop at this particular event and about my fortieth time…

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