A Flashback to the Elves at Work…

This blog was written just before our Summit last month in Amelia Island: Right now I feel a bit like Santa. It is the week before Christmas (read: Summit) and the elves are hard at work and the reindeer are being exercised and the turbo sleigh just had a tune up but still, so many things can go wrong. What if the doll legs or logo ‘d wine glasses don ‘t come in? Why did the price of memory skyrocket at the last minute for the robot brain or in our case flash drives? Who is on the naughty list (still don ‘t have their final presentations) and who is now on the good list (confirmed for executive roundtables)? What if it rains on Summit Eve? What if someone is unhappy with their toys or their room? How do I keep the elves motivated to put in 80-hour weeks right now and then still smile and execute flawlessly? And is there enough time to make sure I can still fit in my red suit? Seriously though, this is a time of great anticipation at SIG. While occasionally you can see that someone is stressed, everyone pitches in to make sure that all the work gets done successfully. We have now worked extensively with every presentation, sent some of them back and forth with feedback four times. The Resource Guide is at the printer, the signage has all been designed and the app has launched. We have met with every general session speaker and know they are on track to be awesome. We have procured our 60 pounds of registration desk chocolate, and picked up the wine and beer for my team during the final days of prep. We are now having sticker parties (putting labels on luggage tags), pen parties (marrying pens to padfolios because the factory forgot to do so), tipping our UPS and FedEx men due to the cases and cases of items they have to carry up to the office (we are on the second story of a historic building, sans elevator). We have a committee working on everything: front desk procedures, Executive Roundtable flow, first time attendee welcome, Man on the Street interview series (new this Summit), speaker prep and guidelines, facilitator assignments €¦you name it, we focus a group on it before each Summit in order to bring every part of the event to the next level every time. As I write this, I ‘m anticipating the arrival of the rest of the team, who start getting on sleighs next Thursday to work around the clock until Monday when we move to the Omni. They are all sacrificing Mother ‘s Day to be at the Summit, so my husband is going to BBQ Sunday afternoon for all of us. So with great excitement I feel like Santa. I get to deliver to you an amazing Summit! We have worked to hard to ensure your eyes dance with excitement as we plant some seeds in your garden brain (to paraphrase Mister Rogers). I am also so thrilled to be able to welcome you to my hometown and to be able to see all of you in person! Ho, Ho, Ho!

Dawn Tiura

Dawn Tiura

President and CEO, SIG

Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of SIG, SIG University and Outsource, has over 26 years leadership experience, with the past 22 years focused on the sourcing and outsourcing industry. In 2007, Dawn joined SIG as CEO, but has been active in SIG as a speaker and trusted advisor since 1999, bringing the latest developments in sourcing and outsourcing to SIG members. Prior to joining SIG, Dawn held leadership positions as CEO of Denali Group and before that as a partner in a CPA firm. Dawn is actively involved on a number of boards promoting civic, health and children's issues in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Dawn is a licensed CPA and has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in taxation from Golden Gate University. Dawn brings to SIG a culture of brainstorming and internal innovation.