GenY to the Xpower

First speaking gig by Valerie Hoven
April 7, 2010, 4:18 pm
Filed under: HIT, Intranet | Tags: , , ,

Time to change my blog and LinkedIn profile. I put that I want to relaunch two intranets before I turn 26. Well, my birthday is Friday and I have nothing to show for it.

But I do get to add that some consider me an expert in my field, as I will present at a marketing conference about communicating and promoting technology systems in healthcare internally. Sounds pretty esoteric. It is.

At hospitals, almost everything is going online. We all know about electronic medical records by now. In addition to those, most employee processes are being automated, and someone has to break that news to employees. It’s me. Nothing like telling 70-year-old doctors that they have to switch from paper to a computer.

My hospital isn’t the only one with this issue, so I submitted a presentation to the Association of Academic Medical Centers marketing conference called “Geek Is Chic: Communicating and Promoting Technology in a Changing Healthcare World.” The conference called me and said they didn’t even get past the title before they selected it. They accepted about a quarter of all presentations submitted.

As a matter of fact, so many people signed up for my presentation that I was moved to a bigger room and asked to present twice.

Now the presentation isn’t until tomorrow. So I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m quite nervous. It’s my last day as a 25-year-old, and I’m not really an expert in anything. But I brought goodies for everyone, including “Geek Speak” lunch bags filled with Nerds candy and a couple of our publications that outline our IT systems in simple terms. People love examples of what worked. Plus, who doesn’t love free candy?! That will distract them as I say “um” and “errr” 100 times.

And “free” is arbitrary. It cost me $360 to check five bags on American Airlines. Four of my bags are hopefully not coming back with me, as they are all presentation give aways.

On my birthday on Friday, I will be accepting an award. I submitting my “Geek Speak” internal marketing campaign to the conference, and it won an honorable mention. So perhaps I am sort of an expert. As with all award winners, “I wouldn’t be here today without my parents, my boss and my co-workers.” Seriously though, my boss pitched me an idea about hosting a Geek Fair, and I ran with it and turned it into a full-blown, year-long, marketing campaign. And now it’s an “honorable mention,” competing against all other marketing campaigns (mostly external I imagine) for academic medical centers nationwide. My little geeky campaign – a winner! So on my first day of being 26, I will be a seasoned presenter and award-winning internal communicator.

OK, I’ll get off my high horse now.

Yes, I will share my slides by end-of-day tomorrow hopefully. I might have a podcast, too.


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Congratulations and (almost) Happy Birthday. Where will we be able see your presentation? This blog? Slideshare? Is there a Twitter hashtag for the event where you are presenting?


Comment by Tom Stitt

hashtag is #GIA10. I will post the slides on here, possibly slideshare, I will put the notes on the Barnes-Jewish FB page, and I might possibly have a podcast. Nothing live, all after-the-fact. So details tomorrow evening!

Thanks for the bday wishes 🙂

Comment by Valerie Hoven

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