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Are you collecting points for certification or renewal?

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC FIMC, Monday, September 23, 2013

Did you know that conferences provide lots of points towards initial certification and renewal?

You can tabulate up to 20% of the points you need by attending sessions at the GROW! conference next month in Las Vegas!

You’ll receive eight (8) points towards a Basic certification (40 required points).

If you are renewing your certification, you can tabulate a total of six (6) points (30 required points).

Yes, it’s worth changing your plans to come to GROW! – read the synopsis below or click here to look at the entire program – and make your decision by Wednesday, September 25 to qualify for the room block at the low nightly rate of $110Register by Monday, September 30 to get the Early Bird rate.

There are a few bonus packages left - $7,550 worth of services from our exhibitors FREE when you register.

Just enter the promo code HPQ2013 when registering and pick-up your package at the GROW! registration desk.

  • HRD Press: Free Account Set Up, Training, Support and 20 Units of the Managerial Assessment of Proficiency and DISC Styles.
  • PrevueHR: Free Account Set Up, Training, Support for 4 Benchmarks, 10 Assessment Units.
  • QuadRed: Free Set Up, Training, and Support for One Free Client Use of Quadstrat for up to 100 participants.

We have a FREE Pre-conference workshop - especially if you are not familiar with IMC USA or new to consulting! Featuring our conference keynote speaker, Somers White, CPAE, FIMC – Growing Your Practice with Little and Big Ideas.

We have top-name speakers like Patricia Fripp, of "Good to Great” fame and Vickie Sullivan talking about the power of thought leadership in your practice. 

We have topics that you need: ethics, negotiating skills, marketing and branding. Learn how demographics will change your consulting business, growing your business and improving profitability, how your client views you and how to use mental models to implement transformation for your clients.

If you go to no other conferences, go to this one! 

I look forward to meeting you in Las Vegas this fall!

Loraine Huchler, P.E., CMC®  Chair & CEO, IMC USA

Tags:  Certification  GROW!  Renewal 

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And the answer is....

Posted By David T. Norman CMC-A, Sunday, February 17, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013

And, the answer is....

In my previous blog, I announced that Grow!, our international conference, was going to Las Vegas.  With all the contractual bits and pieces behind us now, I can announce that we will be at the Mirage in Las Vegas on October 20 - 22, 2013.

While the past Grow! was successful, a number of our loyal members suggested that Orlando (last year's location) wasn't convenient enough, especially for the West Coast -- a more central location was preferred.  Consequently, the team looked for a venue more accessible for all and due to the 'all-in' cost, including looking at non-stop flights (see previous blog), Las Vegas was selected.  The Mirage has come forward with the most attractive proposal.  (See http://www.mirage.com).

The registration link will be live by week's end and the savings, for registering now, will be around $300.

Our team is busy signing up nationally known speakers so you can expect to see more information shortly -- but, please, accept that this conference, once again, promises to be better than the previous one -- conference for management consultants to come and be part of a great profession.

 Stay tuned,

My best,
David

Tags:  Certified Management Consultant  CMC  consulting  Ethics  Grow!  IMC USA  Management Consulting 

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Save-the-Date, please

Posted By David T. Norman CMC-A, Wednesday, January 16, 2013

 

Save the Date, Please

 Following on the heels of a very successful Grow! conference last October, we will be continuing to provide an annual conference for management consultants.  The previous Grow! had approximately 180 in attendance from all over the world, was held in conjunction with our 'parent' organization, ICMCI, and was, based on the evaluations and comments, well-received.

 Grow! is continuing.  Mark your calendar now for October 20th-22nd, 2013.  Registration and welcoming reception will be Sunday evening, October 20th, with the conference running Monday (21st) and Tuesday (22nd).  The Leadership Summit will also be, once again, held in conjunction with Grow! and this year will be on Wednesday, October 23rd.

 While the location is not finalized (currently awaiting final contract), I can announce that Grow! will be more centrally-located than it was last year (Orlando) due to popular demand.  In all likelihood, our venue for the conference will be in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas, to our planning team, offers (1)  reasonable room, food and meeting space costs; (2) convenient and relatively inexpensive, direct flights (see map following); and (3) a variety of other activities, should you desire to extend your trip, from which to choose.

 

Direct to Las Vegas

 Watch your email and the IMC USA website for more information about 2013 Grow!


Save the date, attend the national conference for professional management consultants, and Grow!

 Thank you, and my best,

Stay tuned,

 David

 

Tags:  Certified Management Consultant  cmc  conference  Grow  Grow!  IMC  IMC USA  management consulting 

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A Few Days Left to Save $$$$

Posted By David T. Norman CMC-A, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As I prepare to make my airline reservations (the 3 week advance purchase is fast approaching), I thought that it would be an opportune time to reach out and invite you to participate in what will be the best conference for management consultants this year.

GROW! (Thursday Oct 4 – Saturday Oct 6, Orlando, FL)

· We listened to you about Reno,site of previous conferences- Orlando is the absolute easiest airport destination from anywhere in the U.S.

· This conference has GREAT CONTENT - If you haven’t clicked on at least one speaker’s photo on our web site…go do it!

The bottom line is that: this is the absolute best way to show members and guests the value of IMC - we have worked very hard to build on the legacy of Confab and make our annual conference to a top notch event. Join us for innovative, insightful sessions presented by a diverse group of respected leaders in the consulting profession.

Note: the negotiated room rate of $99/night at the Buena Vista Palace expires September 1st., thereafter the rate increases $75/night.  Act now; the savings are incredible for this resort.

Note: make sure you register for both the hotel and the conference, today, please. 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Stay tuned,

David

Tags:  Certified Management Consultant  CMC  Grow!  IMC  IMC USA  management consulting 

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Strategic Planning

Posted By David T. Norman CMC-A, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Two things:

First, thank you for your participation in and following of the Institute of Management Consultants USA blog. This is a valuable tool for reaching the IMC membership and consultant community and going forward I see this channel being critical in my communications related to IMC and its future. Additionally, I invite you to provide feedback - This is your organization, THE community of professional consultants who are committed to the excellence and advancement of ethics for the management consulting profession – and we can’t succeed without your ongoing support. I hope you will continue to stay engaged through this media, as well as through the website and other IMC emails.

I want to take this opportunity to provide you an update on the organization, as the Board has just wrapped up its annual strategic planning session. With the economic conditions of the past several years and the impact these conditions have had on both the membership and the organization on the top of our minds, we approached strategic planning with one outcome in mind: creating more value for our members to help them during these challenging times. The meeting resulted in the development of six major initiatives (with multiple tasks under each initiative), which are:

Member retention -- providing a richer, more demonstrable value for our members

Member acquisition -- creating more opportunities to attract new talent to our chapters and membership

Grow! -- elevating the conference to one presenting the exemplary reputation of the profession

University -- leveraging our competencies and ethics commitment through partnerships with top universities to educate consultants of the future

Certification -- raising the visibility of certification and continuing to build the reputation of the professional standard for management consultants

Education -- improving consultants ability to serve by renewing and reinvigorating our educational/professional development offerings

Again, all of these initiatives have one common theme -- creating more value for you. You will hear more detail about each of these initiatives in the coming months.

I am confident that the organization can achieve these initiatives with the support of our membership and I know this from looking back at your commitment to the profession in the past. The origin of this organization 44 years ago was a peer group of the large consultancies coming together to raise the level of professionalism and ethics in the profession. Over the past few years, with your input and work, we focused on offering new services, such as the Marketplace directory and increasing the brand recognition of our certification through the process of becoming accredited as an ISO/IEC 17074 certifying body.

So, what can you do to help? Please write to me at david.norman@imcusa.org, providing your suggestions for the advancement of the organization, and/or your interest in serving (for example, at the Chapter-level, on a committee or a task force) to carry out these initiatives. We are, after all, a membership organization run by volunteers -- the more collaborative the effort and energy, the better the results.

Second thing:

Today is July 24th as I write this. Note that the Early Bird savings ($145.00) expires next week (July 31st) for Grow! in October. Register now for the conference (click on the link for the brochure and to register at http://www.imcusa.org/?GROW_Intro) and for the hotel (the room block is approaching 60%, click this link to register at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando: http://www.imcusa.org/events/event_details.asp?id=221782).

Thank you, again, for your membership and support.

Stay tuned,

My best,

David

Tags:  Certified Management Consultant  CMC  consultant  Grow!  IMC  IMC USA 

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Grow! and Disney

Posted By David T. Norman CMC-A, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 

A Quick Reminder,

If you are considering, which I hope you will, attending Grow! in October (see http:///www.imcusa.org/?GROW_Intro  ) and are thinking about tickets to Disney (for yourself and/or family members), the prices will be going up June 30th.  While we have negotiated a great room rate for attendees in Grow! at the Buena Vista Palace, we, obviously, have no control over Disney.

Here is their announcement regarding tickets: http://tinyurl.com/d2w6s67  (I converted the URL; it was a really, really long).

Stay tuned,


My best,

David

 

Tags:  CMC  consultants  Disney  Grow!  IMC  Institute of Management Consultants  management consultant  national conference 

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