I am so excited and honored to have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Cleveland #930 on February 1, 2020. This will be my second time speaking at SQL Saturday Cleveland. I first spoke at SQL Saturday Cleveland back in 2018, when it was SQL Saturday #708. To be selected to speak at an event once is an honor, but to be selected to speak for that same event a second time, is truly amazing. It shows that the organizers believe in me, my speaking ability, and my commitment to the community.
I will be presenting my Data Types Do Matter session. As some of you know, I am very passionate about this topic and it is honestly one of my favorite sessions. If you are in the Cleveland area on February 1, 2020, I hope you will check out SQL Saturday Cleveland #930, it’s a great opportunity for free training and as a bonus, you get to see me. What better way could you spend a Saturday in Cleveland in February?!
Some of you may have already heard, but I have decided to step down from being the PASS local group leader for the chapter in Greensboro, NC. I’ve been the local group leader for almost five years and prior to being the leader I was the speaker wrangler for a few years. I’ve been involved with this group for almost ten years, so it was not a decision that I made lightly, but as with everything in life, all things must come to an end.
Being the local group leader has given me more opportunities than I could possibly have imagined. Meeting speakers from all over the world, networking with all the members of the group, providing career guidance to new members of the data community, and so many more. But the most important thing, and a very personal thing, is it gave me the opportunity to overcome my fear of public speaking. I guess it’s a “double edged sword” as my grandfather use to say. It has given me so many opportunities that I now have very little time to devote to being a local group leader, but I never would have been given those opportunities if it weren’t for being a local group leader.
The new group leader will take over officially after the holidays on January 6, 2020. His name is George Maxson (Twitter | Linked In), and most members know him already. He has been coming to the meetings almost as long as I have. I’ve watched George grow more comfortable over the years with the group and know that I leave it in good hands.
I will still be around and attending the meetings when my schedule permits. Who knows, I may even speak!
It’s been a great ride. Thank you.