There is a close and logical relationship between conference planning and management and Paltech’s primary expertise in training services. Conferences – whether they’re virtual or physical meetings – are fundamentally about sharing knowledge and are an important part of professional development.
Paltech entered this arena initially because a government client needed to hold a major meeting, but had neither the staff nor the time to do it properly. Since that first successful endeavor in 1995, Paltech teams have planned and executed all aspects of major meetings for groups as large as 3,500, and earned stellar reviews for their efforts. Paltech will work with you at any level you wish … taking on the entire conference operation, or handling discrete elements.
Regardless of the subject matter, substance and logistics are the crucial elements of successful conferences along with a certain professional enthusiasm we call “Working to Wow.” This last element makes a meeting memorable and causes participants to feel their participation will significantly enhance their professional skills and careers. Participants leave energized and motivated to put what they have learned into practice when they return to their programs.
Challenge: The Department of Health and Human Services needed technical assistance to improve Head Start programs nationwide by facilitating the adoption of best practices, identifying new initiatives in early childhood development, and recommending action. Paltech was selected to support the National Resource Center (now known as HSRC; Head Start Resource Center) established to accomplish these objectives.
Solution: Paltech has provided technical guidance, produced 35 publications, performed myriad special projects, written analyses and reports on early childhood development and education, created an array of training materials, and planned and managed eight major institutes and more than 100 smaller meetings for groups ranging from a half-dozen to nearly 4,000.
Result: Based on our performance, particularly in the area of conference management (ratings have earned Paltech ratings of 6 on a 5-point scale), Paltech’s contract with HHS ACF Office of Head Start has been renewed twice.