Coral Gables, Fla.

I was chatting with L.W. Robbins’ Lynn Edmonds, DMANF’s Jill Murphy and my daughter by the pool at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., the day before the official start of the Leadership Summit last month. The weather was perfect, the location gorgeous, the water warm and inviting. I thought, “Can this day get any more pleasant?”

This month, I head to the DMA Nonprofit Federation Leadership Summit in Coral Gables, Fla. I’ve attended the past two years, and each time I’ve been reminded of what invaluable opportunities these conferences can offer — to learn, network and just plain chill with the people whose contact info populates your address books.

As I’ve said before, the Leadership Summit takes chances. It doesn’t look or feel the same as other conferences. It moves. And it makes you think. All hallmarks of what I hope is a new generation of events where the status quo gets a swift kick in the pants.

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