FIGT Conference March 22-23 2013It seems incredible that a year has passed since the last Families in Global Transition conference; forever infamous as the one where I had a complete (and very public ) online meltdown at the eminence and credentials of my fellow presenters, only to have my cover blown by one Judy Rickatson, (aka @wifeinasuitcase) who is the expat online version of Wikipedia. If it’s out there, she knows about it, Tweets, Likes and Pins about it, and, I strongly suspect, has superhuman powers. If she was in charge of the search for the Holy Grail, it would have been found years ago, and it has become my life’s work to try and find an expat blog that she hasn’t yet discovered. She is the Simon Cowell of the expat social media world, discovering talent from the four corners of the globe; only much, much nicer.

Hence my blubbering gaining the attention of various members and supporters of FIGT, who all headed across to the Defining Moves website to offer kind words, support and offers of hospitality. It was the single most generous spirited gesture, and it embodies all that is special about the FIGT organization. People with years of experience, a hugely diverse range of backgrounds and an incredible depth of knowledge, all passionate about making expat life better.

It’s why I can’t wait to go back this year, and why you should all be joining me too. It’s a two day whirlwind of people, presentations and discussions from every perspective; starting with a keynote presentation from the brilliant Pico Iyer. Whether you are an accompanying partner, a expat service provider or from corporate HR, you will leave with a wealth of information and a host of new friends and real, live expat human resources. The only dilemma is how to fit it all into two days.

As for me, I have very personal reasons to want to go there too. It will be the first time I will actually meet many online friends in person, both those who regularly pop up here in the comments sections, on the Facebook page and on my Twitter feed.

At the top of my list?

Judy, of course.

 

If you need more information about Families in Global Transition and the FIGT 2013 conference, here’s the link to their website, including information on registering, becoming a member (as well as all the other benefits, you qualify for a reduced registration fee), global affiliates, sponsorship, ┬áthe New Attendees information webinar and the New Attendees welcome evening. I hope to see you there!

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9 Responses to Why You (and every expat) Should Be Going to FIGT 2013

  1. Judy says:

    Let’s just keep it a secret between us exactly how much I paid you to write this ;) Seriously, though, your experience at FIGT mirrors my own. Three years ago I slid into the back of the room, totally intimidated that I was “just” a trailing spouse (and an unemployed, repatriated one at that) but was instantly drawn in and welcomed. I left that conference with a referral for a job, newfound self-confidence and a determination to keep coming back for more. Looking forward to seeing you (and attending your session)!

    • Rachel says:

      Hilariously, you are indeed the first to find it..
      I can’t say enough good things about the welcome and the inclusive culture – it is truly a ‘room full of friends we have yet to meet”. And in our case, long overdue :)

  2. Julia Simens says:

    I am feeling like a fish out of water. This is the first time in five years I will not be attending FIGT. I started making booking engagements for talks and did not factor in an unplanned moved to Borneo at the end of 2012. I am in Canada now and will be in the USA in March, but expected to be back in Asia for another workshop prior to FIGT. I just can’t make two trips to the USA within a month. I know I am going to miss the connections and reconnections that FIGT has given me. It is indeed one workshop where you come away with way more than you get from the excellent presentations. You come away with lifetime connections.

  3. Eleanor says:

    But what about those of us who can’t make it? (sob) I can’t be the only FIGT member who would happily pay for online access to recordings/videos/downloads/pdf’s of slides etc. The technology is easy (so I’m told) – you could even have people participating in sessions via the web (I dream of such broadband speeds) or phone and/or have online q&a with selected speakers. Then the FIGT conference would be as global as its membership…. :-)

  4. Katia says:

    On my way back from this amazing conference, I realised that it was this post that made me decide to come. Thanks, Rachel! That was priceless :)

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