Connecting at Annual Conference

I am excited to see everyone at the Extension Annual Conference next week! We were nearing 600 attendees as registration closed late yesterday. I look forward to our conversations, our keynote with Chad Littlefield, our capnote with Tanya Menon, and our learning and networking during the virtual breakout sessions. Chad sent us a short video link you can watch for a little bit of “connection before content” (watch video). The breakout sessions will be recorded so you don’t have to miss a thing.  

Although the conference looks different this year, there is a huge amount of excitement and energy as we look forward to starting the conference on Monday morning. And our intent is the same as always – connect, collaborate, celebrate – and this year, we will Embrace Change Together!  

Be sure to look in your email for an invitation to access the Crowd Compass app, which will house all of the session Zoom connection information, social sharing, networking, and more! You will be able to use the app on your desktop as well as your mobile devices. And don’t forget that the CES silent auction bidding is already open. You can place your bids 24/7 now through Dec. 9 via Excel Online at  

Thanks again to the conference planning committee for their hard work; and to ShaLise Simmons and Jared Morrison for leading the efforts. The JCEP scholarship and awards committee also deserves many kudos for their efforts to rework the awards presentations into a virtual celebration that recognizes the many achievements of our colleagues.