Experience Summit 2017 with Jason Vensel

May 2, 2017

Summit 2017 is quickly approaching and if you’ve never attended or aren’t attending this year, you can follow my experience as I post a brief recap here each day.

I depart for the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., (okay, Oxon Hill, MD), on Saturday, May 6.

See which sessions and events I attended, observations on industry trends and happenings, random musings, what I did on my down time (?!), the best thing I ate, and of course, pictures!

By Jason Vensel

May 6, 2017

Summit 2017 is here!

55 minutes after my flight’s wheels were up from the CLE airport, I was on the ground in D.C. I always forget how close we are. I originally booked an afternoon flight, but the airline canceled that service and put me on one that had me arriving at 9:30 am. I took advantage of the downtime, visiting Alexandria, the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, and MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino.

Pleasant surprise: I’m not really into gambling, but I walked out of the MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino $45 richer after dropping $10 in a slot machine.

Best thing I ate today: Toss up between the brisket at Myron Mixon’s BBQ just across the river in Alexandria and the crab cake at Pappas Crab Cake at the MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino – just down the road. Both were excellent!


Up next: Busy day tomorrow. Registration at 7:30 am. Leadership program from 8a-12p. Adobe TCS workshop from 12p-5p. Conference opening and reception from 5:30p-8:30p. Can’t wait!

May 7, 2017

The longest day of the conference started at 7:20 am with a quick trip to the Starbucks inside the resort. I need caffeine if I’m going to make it through the day; Venti dark roast, no room for cream. Stopped by the Summit registration, picked up my packet and badge/lanyard, and headed to the Leadership Program. Excellent presentation on Flow Leadership by Judy Glick-Smith. Followed up with a lively discussion on succession planning, led by Carolyn Klinger and Ben Woelk. Followed this up with two breakout sessions. First, received information on resources available to leaders as part of the Basics of Running a Community session. Second, talked about mentoring, and was paired up with a mentor.

Ended the program with community awards. NEO STC received a community achievement award. Want to know which one? Check back after the honors reception Tuesday night.

No time for a break. Honors reception ended at 12 pm and it was off to a 5-hour workshop on Adobe Tech Comm Suite 2017, featuring Rick Stone, John Daigle, Bernard Aschwanden, and Matt Sullivan. The workshop was entertaining and informative.

Closed out the day with the opening keynote session. Adrian Hunt spoke. Todd Deluca spoke. Loved the Twitter feed projected on the wall next to the stage that featured live tweets with the #STC17hashtagg. And the featured speaker, Seth Mattison spoke on being a better communicator. The presentation was engaging! By the time the post-keynote reception ended, it was 8:30 pm. It was a 13-hour day. Yep, this should definitely be the longest day of the conference.

The best thing I ate today: By dinner, things were looking bleak. My Starbucks coffee was the leader. However the bacon cheeseburger at Open House, a block from the Gaylord, swooped in to save the day.

Up next: Five educational sessions tomorrow.