We are now only 2 days away from our HERD Virtual Summit launch! We have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the summit and I’m so thrilled that almost 600 people have registered so far to attend. I’m giddy with excitement at the potential for new learning and connections and feel so grateful to each of our speakers who have offered their time and energy into putting together a sensational line-up for the even

I’m sure that my nervous system is on over-drive right now partly because of the “coronacoaster” we’ve all been on over the past few months, where we’re experiencing the simultaneous yearning for connection and the desire to run away from the overwhelm that 2020 has created, and also partly because of the insane length of my pre-summit checklist in our efforts to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. Excitement and anxiety mixed together, or as HERD students have often heard me refer to as Anxitement.

When we originally made the decision to postpone our in-person conference that was supposed to happen this weekend in Lexington, Kentucky, I felt so disappointed. Pivoting to offer the HERD Virtual Summit gave me something to look forward to instead. The advantage is that we have been able to incorporate a number of speakers who wouldn’t have been able to join us at the in-person conference, and our speaker line-up is even more fabulous than before. The majority of the sessions will be in a pre-recorded format, so you can take your time to watch them with flexibility. There are a number of live sessions that you can catch on the day, but they will also be recorded. The summit is FREE for 48 hours, after which you can upgrade to gain lifetime access to the materials. With all of that, and the fact that we’re squeezing it all into one day, it means that there won’t be as many opportunities to ask the speakers questions during their presentations like you would at an in-person event.

Fear not! We have a solution.

Throughout the summit, you can access our HERD Virtual Summit Facebook Event page where you’ll be able to continue the conversations from the presentations, network with one another, and pose questions to our speakers. Please be mindful that our presenters are located around the world in different time zones, so may not respond to your questions immediately! As always, we are here at The HERD headquarters if you need any assistance.

For now, I’m heading back to my checklist. I look forward to connecting with you all during the summit and to continuing conversations beyond.

Warm wishes,

Dr. Veronica Lac
Executive Director