Jennifer Waller

1月 132018
 

SAS Global Forum 2021 Conference ChairEach year the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board (SGUGEB) solicits applications for the SAS Global Forum Conference Chair for the conference three years from now. Individuals are identified, applications are requested, submitted applications are reviewed, candidates are interviewed, and finally a choice is made.

We are asking for interested individuals to submit their application for SAS Global Forum 2021 Conference Chair. Yep, 2021! The SGUGEB wants to ensure that each conference chair has time to learn, gather ideas, generate ideas, learn from their predecessors and determine the focus for their conference.

Three years?

Is three years really necessary? Yep! The first year you will be working with the current conference team and begin to understand all the ins and outs of planning the content, organizing the content, and delivering the content. You will play a key role on the conference team, either on the Content Advisory Team or on the Content Delivery Team. This will help you in understanding the various roles and responsibilities of each team.   In the second year, you will again play a key role on the conference team and will utilize the experience gained from the previous year to begin developing and determining your content focus, identify potential new initiatives, and begin to build your team. The third year is all about your conference and the implementation of the focus and initiatives you identified… all with the aid of your team of course.

Who are we looking for?

Good candidates should be active SAS users, authors, administrators, managers, and/or practitioners. Individuals should be active in the SAS community and other professional conferences and organizations as well. Good presentations and collaboration skills are a must. Also, candidates should have a vision on how they want to shape their conference to benefit the SAS Community. As an SASGF or Regional conference attendee, we have benefitted from the content and education we received. Those who have been a conference chair will tell you that it is an honor and a privilege to be able to shape the educational content delivered to our SAS Community.

My experience

As conference chair for SASGF 2016, I can tell you it was one of the most rewarding professional and personal experiences I have had. I was given the opportunity to work with a lot of intelligent and talented individuals who, like me, wanted to ensure that current and future SAS users have a place to learn and grow professionally. With over 5,000 attendees and Livestream content available to millions, my institution had increased visibility, I developed additional leadership skills (by chairing such a large international conference), and I got to know and spend time with some exceptional SAS users, SAS leaders and executives. The experience was worth all the time and effort I expended.

Ready to Apply

So, are you interested? If so, we invite you to peruse information about Conference Leadership and SAS Global Forum Conference Chair roles and responsibilities, as well as the many different volunteer opportunities that exist before, during and after SAS Global Forum, and then make an informed decision about whether to apply for conference chair.

I would encourage anyone interested in applying to submit an application. Information on how to apply is available here. As well, share this information with anyone you feel would make a great conference chair and remember that the application deadline is February 18, 2018.

Interested in being the SAS Global Forum 2021 Conference Chair? Apply Now! was published on SAS Users.

1月 132018
 

SAS Global Forum 2021 Conference ChairEach year the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board (SGUGEB) solicits applications for the SAS Global Forum Conference Chair for the conference three years from now. Individuals are identified, applications are requested, submitted applications are reviewed, candidates are interviewed, and finally a choice is made.

We are asking for interested individuals to submit their application for SAS Global Forum 2021 Conference Chair. Yep, 2021! The SGUGEB wants to ensure that each conference chair has time to learn, gather ideas, generate ideas, learn from their predecessors and determine the focus for their conference.

Three years?

Is three years really necessary? Yep! The first year you will be working with the current conference team and begin to understand all the ins and outs of planning the content, organizing the content, and delivering the content. You will play a key role on the conference team, either on the Content Advisory Team or on the Content Delivery Team. This will help you in understanding the various roles and responsibilities of each team.   In the second year, you will again play a key role on the conference team and will utilize the experience gained from the previous year to begin developing and determining your content focus, identify potential new initiatives, and begin to build your team. The third year is all about your conference and the implementation of the focus and initiatives you identified… all with the aid of your team of course.

Who are we looking for?

Good candidates should be active SAS users, authors, administrators, managers, and/or practitioners. Individuals should be active in the SAS community and other professional conferences and organizations as well. Good presentations and collaboration skills are a must. Also, candidates should have a vision on how they want to shape their conference to benefit the SAS Community. As an SASGF or Regional conference attendee, we have benefitted from the content and education we received. Those who have been a conference chair will tell you that it is an honor and a privilege to be able to shape the educational content delivered to our SAS Community.

My experience

As conference chair for SASGF 2016, I can tell you it was one of the most rewarding professional and personal experiences I have had. I was given the opportunity to work with a lot of intelligent and talented individuals who, like me, wanted to ensure that current and future SAS users have a place to learn and grow professionally. With over 5,000 attendees and Livestream content available to millions, my institution had increased visibility, I developed additional leadership skills (by chairing such a large international conference), and I got to know and spend time with some exceptional SAS users, SAS leaders and executives. The experience was worth all the time and effort I expended.

Ready to Apply

So, are you interested? If so, we invite you to peruse information about Conference Leadership and SAS Global Forum Conference Chair roles and responsibilities, as well as the many different volunteer opportunities that exist before, during and after SAS Global Forum, and then make an informed decision about whether to apply for conference chair.

I would encourage anyone interested in applying to submit an application. Information on how to apply is available here. As well, share this information with anyone you feel would make a great conference chair and remember that the application deadline is February 18, 2018.

Interested in being the SAS Global Forum 2021 Conference Chair? Apply Now! was published on SAS Users.

3月 012016
 

Ten things that excite about SAS Global Forum 2016It’s hard to believe, but SAS Global Forum 2016 is less than two months away. As chair of this year’s conference, I’ve been preparing for the event for nearly two years. Now, it’s right around the corner!

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading and contributing to the 2016 SAS Global Forum community group. This group was designed to help users stay updated on all things SAS Global Forum 2016. It's a great place to post questions, share ideas for content, and connect with others about the event.

As I was perusing the community recently, I started thinking about what I’m most looking forward to at the conference. Since I really can't choose one single thing, I thought I’d share with you the ten things that excite me most about SAS Global Forum 2016.

1) The First-Timers’ Session

This year, our First-Timers’ session takes place on Monday, April 18 from 2:30-3:30. I always enjoy seeing new faces at the conference and this session is a must if it’s your first conference experience.

2) The Academic Summit

Held on Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., this event showcases our SAS Ambassadors, Student Scholarship winners, Faculty Scholarship winners, and the Student Symposium semi-finalists. If you’re in academia, it’s a great time to see the award winners and network with fellow educators and students.

3) The Charity Event

This is event is SOOOOO much fun!  It is a great way to get to know fellow attendees and give back to the Las Vegas community at the same time. This year, attendees will roll up their sleeves on Monday at 7 p.m. to build, decorate and fill wagons with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) items.

4) Monday Evening Mingle and the #SASGF TweetUp

I can’t miss this event. Held from 7-9:30 p.m., this is the perfect place to eat, drink and tweet! It’s a great event to see old friends and make new ones.

5) SAS Student Symposium presentations

Conference sessions begin bright and early Tuesday morning and a few talks I definitely want to attend are the presentations from the first SAS Student Symposium. In these sessions, the semi-finalists will present their solutions to the analytics problem of their choice. I always love seeing the next generation of SAS users in action.

6) Conference Sessions

Getting to attend sessions in general is always a great experience. I always learn something that I can take back to my workplace and immediately implement!

7) Technology Connection

Held on Wednesday morning, the Technology Connection gives me the opportunity to learn about the new things being implemented at SAS. Also during this time we will be announcing the winners of the Student Symposium, and hear from Ben Casnocha, one of our super keynote presenters.

DavidMcCandless8) David McCandless

Though I’m looking forward to all the great talks, I am particularly excited about David McCandless. His keynote presentation will take place from 2:15-3:15 p.m. on Wednesday. David is the visualization king and I’m looking forward to the creative ways he tackles data presentation.

9) The Kick Back Party

All work and no play makes for a very boring Jennifer and I plan on being front and center at the Kick Back Party to dance and sing along with Capital Cities! This event will take place from 8:00-11:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

SusanCain10) Susan Cain

Another keynote that really excites me! Susan is our final keynote presenter (8:30 on Thursday) and best-selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Her talk promises to be an excellent one.

So there you have it. Jenn’s ten things to be excited about at SAS Global Forum 2016.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to at SAS Global Forum?

 

 

tags: SAS Global Forum

Ten things that excite me about SAS Global Forum 2016 was published on SAS Users.

11月 232015
 

SmallGraphicSAS Global Users Group and SAS have a history of giving back to the community where the conference is held.  We think giving back is important.  Conference attendees have played a big part in contributing to this effort   every year.  Over the years, the opportunities where attendees have been able to contribute have included such activities as a STEM related Book Drive and a Networking Charity Event where bikes and wagons were built.  Last year, a new way to contribute was offered: Giving Tuesday. This year, we are sharing this opportunity with attendees again.

Giving Tuesday will occur on December 1, 2015, a global day dedicated to giving back. I hope that each of you considers participating in some way, shape or form. It can be as simple as giving a donation to a charity you are passionate about or spending time in service to your community.

SAS Global Forum 2016 is participating in Giving Tuesday as well, and we want to partner with you. How? Simple. You register for the conference at a 15% discounted rate between December 1st and December 18th. SAS Global Forum Users Group then donates 5% of your registration fee to purchase STEM related books, games and materials to be used during a Networking Charity Event on Monday evening, April 18th, at the conference. And there's more. If you sign up for already discounted certification or post-conference training during registration, SAS will also donate 5% of the training revenue. These books, games and materials will then be donated to daycares, schools, after school programs, or shelters in the Las Vegas community.

Who benefits? Everyone! The girls and boys of the Las Vegas community benefit because they will get to use the STEM books, games and materials purchased with the money raised. You benefit because you get a discounted registration rate and you get to attend a great conference with great educational content. Your employer benefits because you get a discounted registration rate and you get to bring back what you learned to the workplace and apply it. SAS Global Forum benefits because we get to partner with our attendees in giving back to Las Vegas. Plus, we all get that warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing we made a difference.

Thanks for being a part of it,

Jenn
2016 SAS Global Forum Conference Chair

tags: SAS Global Forum

Giving Back – It’s What We Do was published on SAS Users.

11月 172015
 

SmallGraphicDid you know that SAS Global Forum, like other SAS User events, is run almost exclusively by volunteers? With hundreds of workshops, presentations, demos and networking opportunities, the event gives SAS users the invaluable opportunity to develop their SAS skills, exchange ideas with experts and peers, and explore new ways of using SAS. But none of it would be possible without the army of volunteer SAS users that contribute each and every year. For an event the size of SAS Global Forum, that means literally dozens of volunteer opportunities at SAS Global Forum, a great way to give back to the user community. It’s no small task, and I’m always amazed at how a group of volunteers can pull off an event of this quality and magnitude.

But volunteering doesn’t just help the SAS community, it helps develop you as a SAS professional, expands your network, and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Then there’s the personal satisfaction you get, knowing you were part of something really awesome.

For me, volunteering has always been a part of my life. When I was in elementary school, I remember my parents helping out with our church youth group, even though they didn’t have a “youth” aged child in their household just yet. They volunteered because it was fun and because they wanted to make a difference in some teenager’s life. It certainly made an impression on me.

Volunteering in my professional career started back in 1999 when Maribeth Johnson, a co-worker, introduced me to the SouthEast SAS Users Group (SESUG). She was one of the conference co-chairs for SESUG 2000 and asked if I could help. Working side-by-side with Maribeth, I stuffed conference bags, labeled envelopes, and helped staff the registration desk. The conference was an incredible educational experience for me, but the fun and connections I made through volunteering is what really stuck with me. Fifteen years later, with volunteer opportunities too numerous to count, I now find myself in the pinnacle of volunteering for SAS users groups: as the chair of SAS Global Forum 2016.

Today, I find myself in the same position Maribeth was so long ago, asking the question: “Can you help?” Volunteering can help you earn something new and expand your professional network. But best of all, I know you’ll have a blast doing it. You never know where volunteering will take you, who you will meet, or how it will enrich your life unless you do it!

How you can get involved in SAS Global Forum?

Volunteering opportunities abound. You can volunteer your time to be a room coordinator, facilitator or presenter coordinator. These are all great ways to meet new people, expand your network, and make the most of your experience at SAS Global Forum.

Start thinking about how you can be an integral part of SAS Global Forum by volunteering. The volunteer system will open in late January or early February. Learn more now. Contact sasgfvolunteer@gmail.com if you have questions or other suggestions on how you can volunteer.

Thank you ahead of time!

Jenn

tags: SAS Global Forum

“Can you help?” Volunteer opportunities aplenty at SAS Global Forum 2016 was published on SAS Users.

9月 222015
 

SmallGraphicSo you have an idea for a presentation for SAS Global Forum 2016. The idea isn’t earth shattering, but you did figure out how to do something cool in SAS. Still, you have a moment of pause. Questions abound. “Is it good enough? Should I submit it to the Call for Content? If I do, what is the likelihood of it being approved?” I asked myself these same questions when first thinking about submitting a presentation. When users ask me whether they should submit a topic for consideration, my answer is always the same: “Go for it! Your approach and how you used SAS to answer a question or implement a solution may be just what someone in the audience needs to learn.”

Improving your odds of acceptance

In the past few years, the acceptance rate of submitted papers has been around 55%. (This varies based on the number of submissions in a given topic area.) There are things that content reviewers look for in a submission. Your submission will have a better chance of being approved if it has:

  • An abstract that is clear and concise. The abstract can stand on its own and someone who reads it knows exactly what will be presented. Don’t be too concise in your abstract, however. A two-sentence abstract is not enough.
  • A draft paper or outline that shows how the idea developed, what the solution is, and how that solution was implemented.
  • Be sure to select the most accurate tags to describe your submission. Not only do these tags help reviewers select the right content, they are also used for by attendees to filter sessions as they prepare for the conference.

If you are a new presenter there are several things you can do:

  • Sign up for the SAS Global Forum Mentoring Program. You will be paired with an experienced presenter who can help you with your abstract and draft paper/outline.
  • If an oral presentation isn’t for you, consider submitting the session as an ePoster. The submission abstract and draft paper/outline still needs to be done well, but an ePoster allows for presenting one-on-one rather than to a large group.
  • Present your presentation at a Regional, Local or In-House User group and gain feedback.

Why user-contributed content?

SAS Global Forum prides itself on being a user conference. We love presentations by SAS developers and experts, but we also love having presentations by users who use SAS day in and day out. And the SAS developers and experts love having users present as well. Why?

  • SAS developers and experts look to the community to see how people use SAS, where improvements can be made, and what new things need to be implemented.
  • Sharing of information between colleagues is essential. We are all constantly learning. What better way to learn than from someone who has figured out a problem and can show you the solution?

Ensuring content reflects what users want and need

To ensure that the best content that users want is chosen, the content review is a peer review process. Three to five users with expertise in a topic or subtopic area will review each submission and give feedback. The reviewer’s feedback is examined by the Content Advisory Team, another group of users with expertise and the approval for presentation is determined.

Remember, reviewers need to have enough content to review. If content in a particular topic or subtopic area is sparse, the approval of the best content may mean very few presentations in the area. Then attendees have less content to choose from at the conference and in the proceedings.

I hope this information convinces you to submit your content for consideration. The Call for Content closes October 7, 2015. There is still time to submit your idea, pair up with a mentor if you choose, and improve the chances of having your submission approved. The first step is submitting your idea. Just imagine how great you’ll feel if your creative innovation is selected!

tags: call for papers, papers & presentations, SAS Global Forum

Presenting at SAS Global Forum 2016 - Is my idea good enough? was published on SAS Users.

6月 222015
 

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Hello, I’m Jennifer Waller, your SAS Global Forum 2016 conference chair. This is the first of several blogs I’ll be writing to help keep you informed about the conference and ways you can get involved.

Because of my background in education, I’m especially excited about a new initiative at this year’s conference that showcases the next generation of analytics professionals.

The SAS® Student Symposium is a program designed to add to the great content that will be presented by users and SAS at the conference April 19-21, 2016 held at The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV.

About the SAS® Student Symposium

The SAS® Student Symposium, an initiative of the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board (SGUGEB) and SAS, is a competition where teams of 2-4 students and a faculty mentor work together to submit a paper to SAS Global Forum 2016 that answers a question of their choice on one of the provided publicly available “big data” sets using SAS analytics.

The goal of the symposium is to provide an outreach program for university students to enhance their SAS skills, increase their understanding of SAS products and solutions to solve real world problems, and develop a peer network of SAS users from other universities that use SAS for mutual benefit. The symposium will enhance the Student Ambassador and Student Scholarship programs that provide other avenues for students to attend SAS Global Forum and learn from other users and SAS experts.

Working together with SAS, the SGUGEB has been able to create a cloud-based solution where no less than 12 “big” publicly available data sets will be housed and each student team will have access to the data and a comprehensive set of SAS software products for the competition. Teams will define a problem, execute the appropriate analyses using SAS software and submit a paper that defines the problem, describes the analysis performed and presents the results in such a manner as to be of use in industry, government, or education.

How to register for the SAS® Student Symposium

Registration for the SAS® Student Symposium will be open from July – October. Software and data will be provided to the teams from August 24 – October 31. So students, get your teams ready.

The team submissions will be evaluated by a panel of independent analytical professionals from the SAS User community and 8 semi-finalist teams will be selected to attend SAS Global Forum 2016 and present their project in an oral 20-minute session for the final competition.  First, second and third place winning teams will be announced during the last General Session on Thursday at the conference.  Learn more about the SAS® Student Symposium at www.sasglobalforum.com.

How the SAS® Student Symposium benefits the analytics community

While attending the conference, the SAS® Student Symposium will provide a great opportunity for industry leaders, government employees, and educators to see the imagination, innovation and creativity of students who will be soon joining the workforce.  Each day we, as SAS users in our chosen fields, are asked to open the envelope just a little bit more for the projects we work on and provide a faster, better, and cleaner solution.  SAS Global Forum provides the opportunity to see some truly innovative uses of SAS by users and SAS employees alike.  Time and again, students provide these elegant SAS solutions and I am awed by their abilities.

Join me at SAS Global Forum 2016 (conference registration is open now) to learn just how imaginative, innovative and creative these students are.

Here’s my interview with Inside Analytics host, Anna Brown, where I explain what else I’m looking forward to at next year's conference.

 

tags: Inside SAS Global Forum, SAS Global Forum, sas student symposium

What’s new for SAS Global Forum 2016 was published on SAS Users.

2月 022015
 

I love to teach, but it took several years of teaching before I felt comfortable being in front of a class. And having taught for over 20 years, the fear of presenting in the classroom has passed, but what about presenting at professional meetings or in front of my peers? I still get nervous for presentations outside of the classroom, but the 20 years of teaching has helped me control my nervousness.

Like me, some of this year’s SAS Global Forum presenters have a fear of public speaking.  Others have topics that lend themselves to more visual treatment. Others simply prefer the give-and-take of an informal discussion. Rather than giving a paper, they have chosen to present their ideas as an ePoster.

An ePoster is visual presentation that summarizes a SAS-based problem, tip or coding trick, its implementation, and the final solution. The ePoster is created in specific presentation software and can be animated to zoom into a specific section, highlight snippets of code, or draw attention to a comment. As well, short audio explanations can be included that are recorded and embedded into the presentation file.

At SAS Global Forum, ePosters are displayed throughout the conference on 20 different monitors and attendees are able to look (and listen) to each ePoster at their leisure. Each monitor has 4-5 ePosters loaded, and attendees navigate with a mouse to the ePoster they want to see. And what is displayed will live on in the Proceedings.

We do want attendees to meet the people who are providing the content, though, to ask questions, give suggestions, etc. SAS Global Forum is about you learning how to use SAS to it’s greatest potential. So there are specified time blocks on Monday and Tuesday where ePoster presenters are able to have informal one-on-one conversations with other attendees about the content of their poster.

This year at SAS Global Forum 2015, nearly 100 ePosters will be presented. All topic areas are covered: Data Management, Programming, Administration, Analytics, Business Intelligence and Business Analytics, and Solutions. System administration, macros, graphics and visualization, data and metadata, statistical analysis, data and text mining, sports and gaming—it’s all there. Some ePosters that I will definitely be checking out include:

Session 2785: “Transpose Data Sets by Merge” because I have to transpose data for just about every project I work on.

Session 3434: “From Backpacks to Briefcases: Making the Transition from Grad School to a Paying Job” because I might be able to give my students some pointers from this ePoster.

Session 1335: “Using GLIMMIX and GENMOD procedures to analyze longitudinal data from a Department of Veterans Affairs multisite randomized controlled trial” because I do this kind of analysis A LOT.

Session 2787: “GEN_OMEGA2: A SAS® Macro for Computing the Generalized Omega- Squared Effect Size Associated with Analysis of Variance Models” because some journals now require effect sizes.

The ePoster sessions above are just those I am interested in. I would encourage attendees to check out the ePoster presentations this year, find those that are of interest and spend some time in the Quad with the ePosters.

Why don’t you consider submitting a session for an ePoster for SAS Global Forum 2016? For people new to presenting or new to SAS Global Forum, an ePoster is the perfect way to start working on your presentation skills as it requires you to focus on the key areas of your idea and solution, just like you would with an oral presentation. The Call for Presentations for 2016 will be coming this summer.

tags: ePosters, papers & presentations, SAS Global Forum