Here’s what we learned at the industry’s largest national convention in March 2022
Last month the team at CHC Training traveled to Phoenix, where the Environmental Information Association (EIA) hosted its annual conference. We have so much to unpack after three full days of networking, presenting, and simply celebrating an in-person reunion with our friends and peers.
For those who weren’t lucky enough to attend in person, here’s a quick recap. Highlights for CHC Training were chatting with other attendees at our booth and on the patio, giving a plenary presentation on “Asbestos Regulation 101”, and taking home an award in the category of “Training and Education.” We also learned so much from this gathering! We’ll share our top three insights and conclusions here.
Ongoing Connection is Crucial
At the conference in March, one thing was certain: the industry thrives when we all come together and connect. After a few days of sharing stories, asking questions, and laughing, we all left with a renewed sense of purpose and determination!
If you missed the national conference this year, be sure to mark your calendar for 2023. You can count on the CHC Training team attending, giving you at least one group of friends and familiar faces to join. We’ll hope to see you there.
Mentorship and Sponsorship are Key Themes of Organizational Leadership
There was a lot of discussion about employee and colleague mentorship and sponsorship as a way to pass extensive human capital through to current and future industry leaders. It was important to note that these services would benefit both new and seasoned professionals.
We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to sponsor new talent entering the industry. This need is, in part, what inspired our “Crew Raiser” program, which donates training to industry newcomers. We have plans to expand this program to include corporate sponsorship and offer even more opportunities in 2022 and beyond. Follow us on Facebook for Crew Raiser news and updates.
Organizations such as EIA are Central to Maintain Ongoing Compliance and Knowledge of Best Practices
We attended talks from experts ranging on topics such as asbestos, lead, mold, silica, and legionella. Each presentation was well thought out, and in just 3 days, we were able to learn more about the industry and best practices than if we hadn’t attended the annual conference. Involvement in EIA is imperative for the busy professional and serves as more than just a crash course in compliance and regulation.
In related news, our co-founder and CEO Danaya Wilson was appointed Vice President of the EIA. She’s honored to accept this leadership position and become a formative part of the organization’s direction.