Comments from Participants

Comments from Participants

The following excerpts are comments about our 2016 NETMCDO conference in Los Angeles:

“I really enjoyed both panel discussions — the one on carving your own artistic path especially. It’s always really interesting to hear about different kinds of work being done in the field and different approaches to career paths.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“I really enjoyed the guest speakers, Vijay Gupta in particular. I loved learning about the things that they are doing and what their path was.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“I most enjoyed doing the theater exercises and hearing the stellar panels! These got me thinking in new ways.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“I always appreciate opportunities to learn about the work of colleagues — both challenges and successes — and to have time to connect themes/topics/ideas being covered to our own practice.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“I had a great time — loved that it was so compact.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“The NETMCDO conference has made me more aware of the importance of creating self-awareness through reflection.”
— 2016 Conference Participant 

“Since the NETMCDO conference, I’ve had new discussions with my entrepreneurship team about which direction we are going. Feeling connected to a world of other people is very helpful. I'm also using more online resources that I learned of at the conference.”
— 2016 Conference Participant 

“The institutional survey was really helpful for getting the attention of our Dean. I will have the opportunity to give a presentation to our faculty in September.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“I have had a follow up conference conversation with two attendees about teaching leadership skills and that was a direct result of a conversation started at the conference!”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“Deb Devine was great and the teaching demos from Janet Rarick and Monique Mead were especially good.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“The panels were especially good because they got right into to real content — there wasn't any time wasted on lengthy overviews or backgrounds. And the spectrum of perspectives and their energy — all much appreciated!”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“I thought that John Steinmetz did a fantastic job as moderator especially by opening up/enlarging the conversation.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“I thought the panels were fantastic. I also LOVED the drama teacher’s experiential work —  it really helped embody the material and explore in a less ‘heady’ way.”
— 2016 Conference Participant

“I found it most interesting to find out about the career development officer’s point of view. Our university does not have such a position and, as a faculty member, I wanted to find out more about it for our students.”
— 2016 Conference Participant


Here are some general comments from previous conferences:

John and Angela provided an excellent environment for learning. An immediate rapport was established and it became fun to network with friends.

I've done it (Open Space) three times now. There is no end to gleaning new material when working with a keen crowd.

The conference was extremely well organized and presented. All forms of communication were very clear and welcoming.

John Steinmetz had a great deal of knowledge and shared the information in a unified and organized manner. He had a wonderful sense of humor that kept us entertained.

The building of “learning machines” is something I will use in the future. It was a great ice-breaker. I really learned through the process.

Open Space was my FAVORITE!!! Wow! The value of sharing information with others was invaluable to me. I learned so much and got so many ideas for creating and implementing programs. There was a wealth of knowledge in the room and I felt I was able to tap into that through this format. It was so organized too!

Honestly, I thought it was wonderful! Very well organized, safe environment to communicate in, and I learned as well as was inspired.

I was a tad concerned I would go back to the University and have no knowledge of career counseling. It was a great idea for all of us to cover what we needed or hoped to cover…overall I have made contacts and have an idea where to start, which was exactly what I needed!

I was quite impressed with all aspects of the organization and communication.

It was great having an experienced portfolio musician leading the session - this helped keep the group very focused and open to ideas.

Thanks for a TERRIFIC conference. I loved every minute of it.

It has a nice balance between being too structured and too laid back

The location was great – close to subway, and lots of choices around for lunches, breaks, etc.

John Steimetz’s laid back style fits the intimacy of the group (numbers and setting) very well. Not your run-of-the-mill corporate conference/facilitator (thank goodness).

“Open Space” is a brilliant strategy for participants to share their experience and gain inspiration and ideas from their colleagues. It was a new format to me and one that I’m sure will never fail to support everyone that attends.

[The first-day exercises are not] something I typically do easily, but I was touched by the passion and inspiration evident in the results. Now I’m adapting this idea for a strategic planning retreat at my school next week!

This worked amazingly well (though I had my doubts at first). Cover Letter? Website? Movement? But it both challenged our ways of thinking and illustrated the essence of the topic in memorable ways. I could possibly see using it as an assessment tool in the classroom.

Please repeat the Open Space…

Loved it. This was my first NETMCDO conference and I thoroughly enjoyed my time.

The experience was dazzling. It was such a "data dump" that one's head buzzes with all the information.

Thanks SOOOOOooooooooo much.