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 Family and Youth Services Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families contracted with Paltech to build capacity among those receiving government grants to provide abstinence education. Enhancements were needed in implementing sound business practices, evaluating training results, integrating current scientific findings in curricula, complying with Congressional standards, and communicating with constituent groups and media.
Solution: Paltech developed both technical assistance and capacity building plans, planned and managed three national conferences, each with approximately 400 participants, planned and executed more than 20 telephone conferences and Webcasts, and five conference calls for prospective grantees. We produced evaluation reports for each event. We also provided media training for grantees through a subcontractor.
Result: All deliverables on this project have been and are being completed at or below projected cost, and events have been planned and executed in record time; one successful conference was held just three months after contract award.