By: Darryl Walter, SWANA's Director of Membership
With WASTECON® less than two weeks away, the staff at SWANA is finalizing plans to make this the best WASTECON yet. As I write this, computers and audio-visual equipment are being packed in shipping crates outside my office. The all-encompassing sound of packing tape running across cardboard boxes is a reminder that we are in the final hours until our shipment leaves our offices in Silver Spring, Maryland for the warm climate of Phoenix, Arizona.
As you may have heard, this WASTECON isn’t like previous WASTECONs. Our focus this year is on the creation of an executive leadership summit where the latest management concepts will be introduced and discussed. Participants at WASTECON (notice that I didn’t say attendees), have an opportunity to learn how mindfulness can create a safer work environment and a more satisfying workforce. As mentioned in our session description, the neuroscience and physiology of stress and resilience will be discussed in a way that is accessible and relevant (see I said this isn’t like previous WASTECONs). Participants will also learn how storytelling can get ideas across by creating a new type of connection with your audience. Finally, futurist and economist, Rebecca Ryan, who will give us a preview of where the solid waste and recycling industry is headed in regards to international policy, autonomous vehicles, and so much more.
For Young Professional’s there is a networking event taking place at The Hard Rock Café. Back by popular demand, YPs also have an opportunity to participate in the “Take My Job, Please!” session as well as a session on mastering job interviews.
For most of us, being in the Valley of the Sun, provides us with an opportunity to discover a unique part of the country. If you haven’t signed-up for a tour yet, there is still limited space open to visit Sedona or see the Salt River Project and Arizona Falls.
With more than 50 new exhibitors this year, the WASTECON exhibit hall is the place to check out the latest equipment and supplies that fuel our industry.
I have only skimmed a small portion of what is going on this year at WASTECON. For those that have already registered for WASTECON or the Training Center, I look forward to seeing you (I’ll be at the registration desk for most of the conference). If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time! You can register here.
Whether you are driving in from Scottsdale or Tucson or flying in from Toronto, Chicago, or Charlotte, safe travels and I look forward to seeing you in Phoenix.
Darryl Walter is the Director of Membership for SWANA. When Darryl isn’t promoting the value of SWANA membership and SWANA events such as WASTECON, you can find him on the tennis court or softball field.