The impact of the COVID-19 crisis is being felt across the world. Our hearts go out to all who have struggled with the virus or lost a loved one. Undoubtedly, this crisis has brought significant uncertainty to the industry and the lives of PLUS members, and it remains unclear when we will be able to return to our pre-COVID-19 routines. As a result, PLUS felt it necessary and appropriate to provide our members and the larger PLUS community with certainty now regarding the 2020 PLUS Conference. And so today we are announcing that, for 2020, we are converting the PLUS Conference from an in-person event to a virtual event.
What does that mean?
Although we know everyone will miss the in-person interactions, PLUS is confident in being able to deliver an outstanding virtual experience. The good news is PLUS has been developing virtual content for years and has delivered two very successful virtual events already this year, including quickly pivoting the content from the 2020 PLUS Healthcare & Medical PL Symposium from in-person to virtual. This is one of the core competencies of our association, and our volunteer committees are enthusiastic about finding innovative ways to bring all PLUS members and industry supporters together.
How and when is the virtual PLUS Conference?
We are still working out all the details, but the virtual conference will be held over the same dates as originally planned – November 9-11, 2020. Sessions, information, and education will be spread over the three days and will of course include high-quality speakers and relevant content.
What should I do?
First, mark your calendars today for the dates of the PLUS Conference: November 9-11, 2020.
Second, please provide us with any comments or suggestions on what you would like to see from a virtual PLUS Conference. Please submit your comments and suggestions to Director of Engagement Programs Erin Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 28th.
Third, we will soon be sending out Request for Proposals (RFP), so please complete an RFP if you have a presentation idea or would like to present at the PLUS Conference.
Finally, we sincerely hope you will support PLUS in this effort. PLUS is our association, and the PLUS Conference is our industry event. Even if we cannot be in-person, we hope you will continue to support PLUS – our industry’s sole non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and careers of its members – by participating in the virtual 2020 PLUS Conference.
We look forward to providing you more information about the virtual PLUS Conference in the coming weeks and months.
Todd Greeley, President, PLUS Board of Trustees
Susan Angelo, 2020 PLUS Conference Chair & Incoming President, PLUS Board of Trustees
Robbie Thompson, PLUS CEO