Happy new year! I hope you are staying warm out there. Based on my Facebook feed, it looks like a lot of DEN members have enjoyed a couple of extra days of winter break. I see all of the reports of cold weather and it makes me dream of summer. Specifically I start thinking about the DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), our annual gathering of DEN STARs for a week of learning and fun. This year, DENSI (pronounced DEN-S-I) will be July 13-18 with a pre-conference for DEN Leadership Council members on July 11 and 12. So the dates are all set. Actually, the agenda is pretty much set too. I’ve even worked with our great events team at Discovery to find a perfect location. The university has air conditioned dorms, there’s an airport reasonably close, and there are nearly no stairs for those like me who like to maintain our pleasantly plump figures.
Here’s the thing though; I am not allowed to disclose this amazing location until all the Ts are crossed and Is are dotted on the contract. Nobody said I couldn’t give hints though. So I did. On Facebook and Twitter I gave hints. Then I realized that’s not right. Everybody should be allowed to play along. So here are the hints. I’ll have more as we get closer to actually being able to announce. Just know that I really can’t tell you until I can tell you!
Hint #1: Not in eastern time zone
Hint #2: Contiguous US
Hint #3: In a state I’ve previously visited (that ruled out Oregon and Alaska as an FYI)
Hint #4: In a state the begins with a consonant and ends with a vowel
Hint #5: In a state that is less than 125,000 square miles but greater than 10,000 square miles
Hint #6: Colder than normal there today (helpful hint, right?)
Now here’s a hint about the application. Be sure you spend some time checking out the Spotlight on Strategies and brush up on using Board Builder. Those two things might really come in handy. Also, give some thought about why you want to attend and how you will spread what you have learned if you’re accepted.
#DENSI2014 is going to be the best summer institute ever. I am sure of it.