Back from the TASH Conference … some thoughts

The TASH staff have all returned to Washington, DC, after a week in Atlanta for the 2011 TASH Conference. If you’re like us, you’re probably a little exhausted, have sore feet, more notes, e-mails and business cards than you can sort through, and a backlog of e-mails you need to respond to. But the tradeoff? The inspiration that comes from spending time with passionate friends and colleagues to create positive change in the world. Yes, we’re tired, but we’ve gained a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm for the work ahead. If you were there – you know what we mean. If you weren’t – we invite you to hop on board because 2012 is going to be a ride to remember!

The theme for this year’s conference was NO EXCUSES, and it certainly came alive in every aspect. Times are tough. Budget are being cut, family finances are strained, and a whole host of challenges are upon us sitting alongside the barriers in our communities that have been there for years. But those in Atlanta came together to make a statement in unity – there are NO EXCUSES. The place to meet these challenges is here. The time for reform and advancement is now. And the energy for the work ahead – in one word – is electric.

Thank you to all of those who attended the 2011 TASH Conference. And thank you to our presenters, keynote speakers, volunteers, exhibitors and the generous sponsors that made this conference the networking, educational and advocacy event of the year! We will be posting recaps and reviews of the conference here on the blog. So stay tuned! And leave a note in the comments section to share your thoughts!