NGMA Wraps Successful Conference and First CGMS Cohort

May 4, 2011 | By Adrianne Fielding | Post a Comment

This was my modus operandi during a great — and busy! — few days  at the National Grants Management Association’s annual conference! I live-tweeted the sessions and plenaries, sporting a custom t-shirt in Thompson colors that said, “Yes, I’m tweeting this. @ThompsonGrants, #NGMAconf” with the blog name and Thompson’s logo on the back. It sparked a lot of great conversations and certainly made my/our presence visible!

More than 150 experienced professionals with eminence in the grants management field completed four days of intensive training to become the first cohort to receive the new Certified Grants Management Specialist credential (which exceeds the requirements for the new federal 1109 grants management job series).  It was tricky to fit all of the conferees into a single picture! Here’s my best shot at it, and additional pictures of the group were posted on NGMA’s Facebook page.

At the same time, a couple of hundred other individuals participated in some terrific conference sessions.  Pictures and highlights from those and the plenaries are coming soon — once ALL THAT CHOCOLATE wears off — but if you’re eager for some, you can find the blow-by-blow tweets here.  It was fantastic to reconnect with so many folks from around the country who are committed to and shared their tips for successful grants management — from federal and state agencies, cities and counties, large and small nonprofits, health care groups, community colleges and other entities.   The desire to share and learn best practices with other grant professionals was palpable, and it was really”old home week” as the networking came naturally.

As with every conference I attend, people were raving about how Thompson’s products are “the” go-to grant resources for them — people invariably refer to our Federal Grants Management Handbook and Single Audit Information Service as their “bibles” with a kind of reverence that always makes me smile.  From NGMA members to long-time Thompson subscribers to session presenters, we had a lot of folks saying that they’d like to write something for the blog, so we’re going to have some terrific guest posts over the upcoming weeks and months.

We’re proud to be a corporate alliance partner of NGMA and are happy to have contributed to the success of this year’s conference and the first CGMS cohort.  Congratulations to all of the conferees!

Were you there?  Are you a new reader of Funding Attractions because you found out about it at the conference?  If so, welcome! Leave a comment to let us know who you are and what your role is in the grants process. What was the highlight of the conference for you?

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