The promises that come out this year’s theme have helped to inspire us in delivering a worthy conference: not only will your Convergence experience be rich with forward-looking and up-to-the-minute vision, information and knowledge, but our promise is that you’ll benefit from the networking and connections delivered to you as a member of the community. These promises help drive the development of the big shows at Convergence.
Vision, Information and Knowledge
Convergence offers us the opportunity to gather as the Microsoft Dynamics community and hear from the leaders within our community—and the world beyond. Kirill Tatarinov, President, Microsoft Business Solutions, will share his insight and his vision at the Opening Keynote on Tuesday, March 19.
Following the keynote, Microsoft product leaders will share their vision and roadmap for the future as the community digs deeper into each Microsoft solution during our General Sessions, held over two timeslots at 11:00am and 2:00pm. We believe the knowledge you gain at these sessions will inspire you to learn more and do more. We’re also excited to announce Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing, LLC and former White House Social Secretary, 2009-2010, as our Business Leadership General Session presenter.
We are honored to invite Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations to take the stage on Thursday, March 21 for our Closing Keynote. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear and learn from a leader from the world stage as Annan gives us a worldly perspective that will help ignite our business aspirations.
Networking and Connections
We’ve got a plethora of activities and locations throughout the event designed for you to network and get connected with others. To kick off the conference on Monday, March 18, our Convergence Experience Reception shines a spotlight on the entire Experience area—from the Microsoft Solutions Experience, to the Expo Experience, to the Social Experience, to great new elements such as the Convergence Theater and Convergence Café. Take this time to explore all that this mammoth space has to offer, so you can earmark those areas that need further investigation later in the week. And while you’re exploring, introduce yourself to others – talk about what you hope to accomplish at Convergence and learn more about their goals and aspirations.
Our 2013 Customer Excellence Award winners, announced earlier this month on the Convergence website will not only be welcomed at an exclusive lunch in their honor, but we’ll also get to know them better in various venues throughout the event. In the Convergence Theater area, award winners will share their experiences and insight into Microsoft Dynamics during informal Q&A sessions. We’ll also be introduced to their successes as they take the stage during our keynote, general sessions and breakout sessions.
At the other end of the conference, we hope you’ve made plans to relax and enjoy our Closing Celebration on Thursday, March 21 at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. Thanks to Cory Hudepohl, our winner of the Name It. Claim It. Contest, this evening is now officially called Spark the Future, fully capturing the energy and spirit of Convergence. Featuring chart-topping band, Matchbox Twenty, this celebration brings us together one final time to celebrate all that we’ve learned and accomplished over the week.
In the next edition of this newsletter, we’ll put together our best tips and tricks for getting prepared for the big event.
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