If you’re looking for a reason to attend the 7x24 Fall Conference at the end of this month, I can give you at least three.

  1. Mission Critical is exhibiting at the show for the first time ever! You can stop by our booth to find out what we have planned for future issues of the magazine, get to know the faces behind the cover, and sign up for our free eNewsletter and eMagazine. But that’s not all — companies interested in promoting their data center solutions can talk to our sales team to find out which one of our digital products would be best suited to reach our audience of IT specialists/managers, facility managers, and design experts. And, for industry professionals looking to advance their education and careers, we can show you how to find our online resources, including our education center where you can earn free CEUs/PDHs.
  2. I will be moderating a panel discussion on the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion in the workforce. The panel will feature Melissa Chambal — technical manager for the U.S., Latin America, and Canada at CNet Training; Carrie Goetz — principal/CTO at StrategITcom; Juli Ierulli — vice president of 7x24 Exchange Intl.; and Nancy Novak — chief innovation officer at Compass Datacenters. All four of the women were named to Mission Critical’s inaugural Top 25 Women in Technology list last year. Together, they bring decades of experience and perspective to the table. I am excited to hear what they have to say and for this opportunity to learn from some of the women in this industry who I look up to.
  3. If you’ve ever attended a 7x24 conference before, then you already know that there’s never a dull moment. In fact, it’s quite the opposite — it seems there’s always something happening that elicits a certain “wow” factor from the attendees. And, if you’ve never been before, then now’s the perfect time to make it your first time. The team at 7x24 covers all the bases: They bring in inspiring keynote speakers, they limit the exhibitor floor to ensure everyone has a time to really explore the technologies that are available today, and they go all-out when it comes to nighttime entertainment and networking events.

The theme of the fall conference is The Impact of the Edge, and it takes place Oct. 24-27 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. It’s always nice to spot some familiar faces in the crowd when you’re on stage presenting, so I hope to see some of you there!

If the 7x24 conference wasn’t on your list of events this year, I’d like to hear more about the conferences you do attend and why. I’d always like to encourage you to branch out and give some of the other shows a try — specifically 7x24, but there are so many to choose from.