I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 International Academy of Collaborative Professionals [IACP] Networking and Educational Forum held in Washington, DC, from October 16-18. It was my first Forum experience since joining the Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey [CDANJ] in May, 2014 and it was more than worth my time.
Upon arriving in Washington DC, the first session I attended was a Meet & Greet with Stuart Webb, the founder of Collaborative Divorce. To say that I felt out of my element and a little intimidated was an understatement. After speaking with Mr. Webb and the other speakers for the session, I instantly felt comfortable. the session included singing a song, meditating and interacting with others. I connected with people on a level I probably never would have otherwise. That Meet & Greet session jump-started my Forum weekend and got me energized to learn more about the process and meet more colleagues.
For my first Forum, as a new financial collaborative professional, the majority of the sessions I attended focused on the financial aspect of collaborative practice. My goal was to learn the most I could, in the financial area of the process, to better my skills and to spread the knowledge to other members of the CDANJ.
The weekend was so motivating, watching attorneys, financial and mental health professionals, from all over the world, come together to teach and better collaborative practice. The sessions were mentally stimulating and the speakers were inspiring.
I look forward to attending IACP Forums in the future and will focus on attending more sessions that are outside my comfort zone; I believe that they will greatly contribute to my being a more well-rounded professional.
The next IACP Forum will be held in Lake Las Vegas, NV, from October 17-30, 2016.
Megan Sartor, CPA/ABV/CFF/SAX BST/LLP