So, back in October 2008, I received a “save the date” e-mail from my alma mater, Georgetown University, about Transition 2009, a conference by The School of Continuing Studies that would be taking place soon after the inauguration of now President Barack Obama. I selected the “learn more” option and signed up to receive e-mail updates as more information became available.
Sure enough, a few weeks ago, I received the official conference announcement and invitation. Transition 2009 will held at the National Press Club, February 12 & 13. I clicked the” “register now” button which took me to the conference website. I entered my name and other contact information and then stopped short: the cost for Transition 2009 is $895 — despite the fact that it’s sponsored by Georgetown, Politico and the Press Club (?). Too much for me to justify to myself or to my government clients.
So, I e-mailed the conference to find out if they were offering any unpublicized government rates. I received a simple and polite e-mail in response:
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Transition 2009 Conference presented to you by Georgetown University.
Unfortunately, we are not offering a government rate on tickets to attend the event. However, we do hope that you will strongly consider registering for this exciting conference.
Please visit www.guconferences.com to register.
The Transition 2009 Conference Team
Bummer. A conference about our government’s transition to a new administration and no special rates are being offered to encourage attendance by those whom this will affect the most, those who will be implementing the new policies, those who understand and can speak to the challenges of old and new processes –those IN the government.
This is too often the case for conference producers. Thank goodness Government 2.0 Camp is an option… 🙂
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