TRUST, RESPECT, ETHICS, GROWTH
This week I am fortunate to be attending the Grant Professional Association 17th Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO. It is always invigorating to be around colleagues who have similar challenges, successes and a willingness to share ideas and industry practices that elevate our profession in ways that benefit not only us and our businesses, but the clients we serve as well.
I remain appreciative of how diverse the grant profession is. We all have our own approach, our own interests and no matter what the topic, creative and unique approaches to our field. There are tracks here for new, intermediate and advanced grant writers. I can assure you that no matter what workshop is attended, there is something to learn.
What I have found to be most valuable are the conversations had at breaks and during meals. The network is invaluable. Whether I am being asked for advice or myself asking questions of a new acquaintance, I am growing as a researcher, writer and trainer. Meeting other grant professionals from around the country who are having dialogues about what they do, who they serve and how much they love what they do is like being amongst instant friends.
In this niche of being a Grant Professional, it can often be isolating and lonely. While we may speak a different language of acronyms than most professions, I'm reminded this week that we are united with our peers, clients and within organizations in the communities we impact.