Our first Twitter chat brought several people together online last Wednesday to discuss the highly anticipated DirectEmployers 2012 Annual Meeting & Conference, also commonly referred to as DEAM12.

By using the hashtag #DEAM12, participants were able to ask questions and get helpful details on everything from attire to travel.

The chat was also a great way for previous attendees to share suggestions with first-timers and network in advance.

Every year our conference provides attendees the opportunity to mingle with talent acquisition and OFCCP compliance leaders from Fortune 1000 companies such as IBM, AT&T, Phillips 66, The Home Depot and Honeywell, in addition to representatives from state workforce agencies and college career centers.

Some additional highlights from our DEAM12 chat included:

  • There is no registration fee
  • A reduced room rate is still being offered, but you need to act fast: http://deam12.directemployers.org/register.asp
  • Most sessions have been submitted for HRCI credit – as sessions are approved, the site will be updated accordingly
  • Several power strips will be set up to keep devices charged, so don’t forget to pack your smart phones, tablets and laptops
  • Wireless Internet access will be available to attendees in the Conference Center at no charge (attendees will incur changes to access wireless in their rooms)
  • Tweeting and other social sharing is highly encouraged so be sure to update your apps and be ready to jump into the conversation
  • Wednesday night we are showing 127 Hours inspired by our keynote speaker Aron Ralston
  • Thursday evening’s event is a surprise, but you can guess what it might be by watching this teaser video
  • There is not a Starbucks on the property, but one within close driving distance
  • All evening events will be outside, so pack accordingly – Arizona does have a temperature drop at night so we recommend layers

We’ll host one more DEAM12 Twitter chat, October 17, from 2-3 EST. Please RSVP in advance, and thanks again to the members of our social media committee for organizing these chats: @RebelJohnson, @LouiseBijesse and @jbuckmn.

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