By: Debra Tann, Ed.D., DAA Board Member

The conference in Rochester, Minnesota was incredible! Conference manager, Angela Lunde, organized a spectacular event for all.

The conference launched with a song by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes entitled “Wake Up Everybody.” This call to action brought synergy from the conference watch sites, audience, and speakers.

The conference emphasis was on caregivers. The keynote speakers selected by Angela Lunde, were simply riveting. The audience, including myself, were brought to tears by the keynote speaker’s personal journey, including their struggles, highlights, philosophy, and courage.

From the Friday evening cocktail mingle and all in-between activities were noteworthy. Including the breakout sessions, the well verse presenters, and exhibit hall. Each of these opportunities created a full circle educational and networking experience.

Thank you to DAA’s board of directors and advisory board. It was my honor to represent  us at the conference. The collaborative work by DAA is recognized, respected, and resilient as illustrated by my reception at the conference.