Annual Symposium at Austin

Message from the CCME President:

The 2018 annual CCME Professional Development Symposium successfully concluded in San Diego, CA on March 29th. We’d like to thank each of you for devoting your time and resources to participate, and we look forward to hosting you again next year!

Because of our location this year in San Diego, our Keynote Speakers featured current and former Navy SEAL Team members, and we gratefully acknowledge their contributions to the Symposium. The overwhelming response from CMC (ret.) Tuschen and Johnny Walker's presentation on Tuesday started the events off, followed by CMC Jason Torey and finally, Remi Adeleke. All three speakers garnered outstanding reviews! We will probably never repeat three SEAL Team members in a single conference but believed that each of these gentlemen had a compelling message for our Symposium.

We value our partnerships and enjoyed hearing updates from the DOD, DOD Service Chiefs, VA, and SVA. Each provides another facet to the diverse viewpoints and insights that the CCME Symposium delivers. Also, our panels on Veterans Service Organizations and Hiring and Transition offered new information and resources for our members, another highly acclaimed feature of the symposium. A heartfelt thank you to each of our presenters - especially those who delivered concurrent sessions - your work and professionalism elevated the conference, and we anticipate and encourage an even greater number of proposals for next year.

Also, because our Board is a working board without professional staff, every facet of the symposium rests upon the Board to make it happen. Thank you so much to our Past President, Lane Huber for an enlightening, exciting Symposium and for his years of devoted service to CCME, and to the 2018 Board for making the Symposium flow smoothly. This year we initiated our Newcomer's Workshop, which we intend to refine and further develop, along with additional Pre-Symposium Workshops, so that everyone attending feels welcome and a part of the CCME family!

As we look forward to Austin, TX., January 21-24, 2019, we rely on your input to continuously improve the CCME Annual Professional Development Symposium. Our 2019 Board works tirelessly to ensure each of you receive valuable information and a high ROI from attending our Symposium. We will be posting the Agenda, Request for Proposals, and Registration links shortly and look forward to seeing you in January. In the meantime, we are working on some exciting new ideas for our members!

Janine Wert, CCME President 2018-2019

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