User Group 2017, our largest ever, wrapped up on Tuesday, and we can’t believe it’s over! With more than 200 attendees representing 130 universities, this was an unprecedented learning opportunity for everyone, including DMers. Our theme this year was Share Your Story, and share we did—from innovative ways to engage faculty to reports that fuel strategic initiatives and continuous improvement.
Our clients shared stories about a wide range of topics, from innovative ways to surface stories of faculty accomplishments and inform campus initiatives to challenges overcome. Matt Bartel, CEO and Founder, shared his vision for the company during the DM Download. And several DMers took the stage to cover best practices for success, a look at our product roadmap, plus a DMer take on each client presentation.
Work + Play
We also had fun! User Group kicked off with a housewarming reception in our new office, where we had some great conversations and enjoyed showing guests our campus-themed spaces. Monday evening’s event was our night at Milwaukee’s iconic Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, known here as The Domes. We enjoyed the three climate-controlled spaces, plus delicious food and danced the night away with the Eddie Butts Band.
Thanks to our keynote speaker, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, for a fascinating and heartfelt conversation on higher education, and to guest speaker Suzanne Mintz, Senior Director of Accreditation at the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for sharing all things AACSB. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to the nearly two dozen clients who shared their knowledge by presenting at the conference.
Keep on Sharing
User Group is a wrap, but the sharing isn’t over. We’ll post videos of all sessions in the Resource Center as they become available. We’ll also share what we learned here in the blog, recapping our clients’ stories of innovation and success, including DM’s input as well. And watch for a photo retrospective here next week!
You can continue sharing, too. Post your questions, suggestions, success stories and feedback in the Resource Center to keep the conversation going. And follow and talk with us on social media—we share lots of new information about DM, client success stories and more, and we’d love to hear from you there! Links to our social media are in the right menu bar.
Join Us Next Year
Registration is now open for User Group 2018! We hope you’ll join us for another three days of learning and fun, October 7-9 in Milwaukee.