EdCon 2024: A Community Manager's Journey to Professional Growth

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As dawn breaks over the vibrant cityscape of Seattle, anticipation fills the air as property management professionals from across the region converge for the highly anticipated EdCon hosted by Washington Multifamily Housing Association or WMFHA as we all know them. For community managers like myself, this event is more than just a conference; it's an immersive experience that fuels our passion for learning, networking, and professional growth.

As an emerging leader in WMFHA's mentorship program, I eagerly embrace the opportunity to delve into a day filled with insights, connections, and inspiration. Stepping into the bustling conference hall, the energy is palpable, setting the stage for an unforgettable day ahead.

Attending EdCon was a whirlwind of insightful sessions that left a profound impact on my professional growth. The first session, "Masters of Improv" led by Jeanele Bolder and Madison Barr from 11 Residential, was a perfect blend of intense moments and infectious laughter. Despite it being Madison's first time speaking, their seamless application of improv techniques to leasing and property management was nothing short of impressive. Through intelligence, active listening, and confidence, they demonstrated how to adapt scripts to fit any situation—a skill invaluable in our dynamic industry.

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Following this, James Ohrn from Avenue 5 delivered an inspiring session to “Accelerate Your Career Growth” in a packed room of maintenance professionals. His emphasis on creating a solid plan and sticking to it, accompanied by phenomenal book recommendations, James stuck to the foundational basics like communication and continued education. James left us all feeling motivated and empowered to take our careers into our own hands and create our respective brands and the importance of visibility in the industry.
With each session, I find myself not only expanding my knowledge but also gaining valuable insights into emerging best practices and solutions to common challenges faced in our dynamic field. Lastly, "Effective Communication: The Impact of Languages of Appreciation" by Christy Broyles and Pamela McKenna was a revelation. Their interactive session felt like a collective awakening, as we learned about the different languages of appreciation and identified our own through a short quiz. The emphasis on meaningful gestures like words of affirmation and acts of service over empty gifts resonated deeply, highlighting the importance of recognizing and appreciating our team members' exceptional efforts. Each session was a testament to the wealth of knowledge and inspiration EdCon has to offer, solidifying its status as a must-attend event for property management professionals.

One of the other many highlights of EdCon is the opportunity to engage with vendors showcasing the latest technologies, products, and services revolutionizing the property management landscape. From cutting-edge software platforms to sustainable solutions, each booth offers a glimpse into the future of our industry. Networking with these vendors provides invaluable connections and opens doors to potential collaborations that can drive success for our communities.

But it's not just about the presentations and exhibitor booths; EdCon fosters meaningful connections among attendees. Whether it's sharing experiences with fellow community managers, exchanging ideas with industry veterans, or connecting with up-and-coming professionals, the networking opportunities are boundless. These interactions spark inspiration, fuel creativity, and foster a sense of camaraderie within the property management community.

As the day draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the wealth of knowledge gained, the connections forged, and the inspiration ignited. EdCon isn't just a conference; it's a catalyst for personal and professional growth. For those who have yet to experience the transformative power of EdCon, I urge you to mark your calendars for next year's event. And for vendors considering a presence at EdCon, the exposure and opportunities for engagement are unparalleled, offering a direct pathway to connect with key decision-makers and influencers in the industry.

In conclusion, EdCon isn't just an event; it's a movement—a gathering of passionate professionals united by a shared commitment to excellence in property management. Join us next year and experience the excitement, innovation, and camaraderie that define EdCon and propel our industry forward.

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