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Notes from SQLSaturday in Oregon Nov 16, 2013

I wanted to take time to thank our sponsors, speakers and volunteers for making #sqlsat265 a big success.  Over 400 people attend our event.  Some of our speakers travels from Australia and Russia to our event in Portland, Oregon.

Special thanks to Kurt Survance, Mark Krampits, and John Dreiling, they were manning the front parking lot helping people (and members) with locating the overflows.  That was a cold task, but they cheerfully did it.      

After Women in Technology luncheon event, a few people stop by registration desk and ask more information about how they could find a mentor, and if OSQL-d could help them find a mentor for them.  I have no idea how to set up this program and would love to receive help on how to set up a mentor program.

Here is some of the thing you could do to find a mentor (from one of our panelist).

  1. Find a couple of trusted advisors you can turn to for support is a key for any professional to ensure they are giving good advice and development.
  2. Mentors are someone with more experience that you can trust and who is willing to serve in the mentoring capacity (this is an explicit relationship).
  3. It is up to the person being mentored to be proactive in setting up time to discuss issues, challenges, successes and ask their mentor for advice or guidance.
  4. Mentors can be inside or outside of your organization – but the initial relationship should be natural (e.g. – don’t go up to a total stranger and ask them to be a mentor).
  5. These relationships last for years – this is a commitment so be sure to respect your mentor’s time.

Pictures from Oregon SQLSaturday 2013 can be found at: https://shared.com/fcg4qzf1j9

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