SND annual workshop: We know where we’re going

Mark your calendars. The next four workshops are set: San Francisco, Charlotte, Toronto, New York.

As you probably know, we’re headed to the City by the Bay on April 7-9, 2016. Frank Mina of the Seattle Times and Elizabeth Burr of the San Francisco Chronicle are spearheading the planning for SND San Francisco, and program announcements will begin in the coming weeks. Space will be limited – register here!

In 2017, SND will return to the South for the first time in a decade, with Charlotte, N.C., playing host. Jon Wile, creative director at the American City Business Journals, will lead the effort, along with Kyle Ellis of ACBJ and Steve Dorsey of the Austin American-Statesman. The Queen City, America’s 16th largest, is home to 2.4 million people and is considered the NASCAR capital of the U.S. We might be spending some time at the NASCAR Hall of Fame — stay tuned.

In 2018, we’re heading north to Toronto. Adrian Norris, creative director of the Globe and Mail, is the site chair for 2018, and the event will be held at the sparkling new headquarters of the Globe and Mail, slated to open in 2017. This will mark SND’s first return to Canada since the 1984 workshop.

“After 34 years Canada is delighted to host the 2018 SND conference in Toronto,” said Norris. “We extend a very warm Canadian welcome to all the delegates at our brand new state of the art facility at the The Globe and Mail Centre. We look forward to seeing you in the True North.”

In 2019, it’s the Big Apple. SND will celebrate its 40th anniversary in style. We’ve already done extensive research into classy-yet-affordable sites and hotel options.

“The last time SND held a workshop in New York City was in 1982,” said SND president Lee Steele. “The board agreed that a return to Manhattan was long overdue. Thanks to Stephen Komives‘ and Douglas Okasaki‘s groundwork, we were able to vote on the location of our 2019 workshop in 2015, giving us the luxury of time as we nail down the details of our return to New York.”