This June, NEACH will launch its latest educational initiative: Virtual Symposiums. The new Virtual Symposiums are the place to be to learn the newest trends, identify challenges and explore solutions, and to collaborate with peers on the topics that matter most to you and your organization. As interactive events led by industry experts, the symposiums will serve as a key component to complement members’ education and training initiatives.
And here are five reasons why…
1. They support the new norm.
The pandemic fundamentally changed the way in which professionals now engage in learning. While in-person learning isn’t going away, professionals are accustomed to a virtual education setting (and many still prefer it), and are comfortable with this delivery. So much so, that data shows 75 percent of professionals would rather acquire a new skill by using e-learning training videos. So, by providing learning through our new virtual symposiums, we are meeting the needs of professionals and members where they are now.
2. They are super accessible.
Our Virtual Symposiums are…well, virtual. This means members can learn and engage from their business office, a home office, or wherever they might be in the world. They are convenient and flexible. Additionally, the symposiums allow for multiple staff from a member organization to participate, significantly increasing access to valuable learning opportunities.
3. They create opportunities to hear from an expanded set of experts…
While we know you enjoy hearing from NEACH staff, different experts on trending topics can provide new perspectives that can deepen understanding. With the Virtual Symposiums, the universe of experts we can tap into to present to members just grows exponentially.
4. ...and engage with a more diverse group of your peers.
Our subjects span the U.S. payments industry. But typically, we hold events in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, and attending an event in either of these two areas might not be conducive to all of our members. The Virtual Symposiums require no travel so they provide an opportunity to engage with so many more individuals – from varying parts of the country.
5. They are cost-effective for member organizations.
Online learning saves organizations money. It eliminates travel costs and allowances paid to cover costs incurred while traveling, and travel time. Statistics estimate that online learning can lessen training time for employees by up to 60 percent. With no travel costs and the removal of travel time, our member organizations can save, while still providing top-notch education and training for staff. And, as an added bonus, they qualify for AAP and APRP certification credits.
Our first Virtual Symposium, the Risk Management Symposium, takes place on June 9th and 16th. During the event, attendees will learn new information, gather actionable intel and hear helpful tips to support their organizations in efforts to manage enterprise risk – all in an engaging and interactive environment. Subsequent symposiums will take place on August 4 on Payments Compliance, September 8 on Fraud and October 20 on Check.
As an organization, we are very excited about the launch of this new learning format. We believe these will be a coveted addition to educational and training agendas for all of our members.
If you have questions about the new symposiums or ideas for future topics, we’d love to hear from you. Please reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUTHOR: Sandy Cinelli, AAP, APRP, CAMS, NCP
Senior Director, Education
As the Senior Director of Education for NEACH, Sandy is involved in the strategies behind what education NEACH produces and why, as well as teaching some of the material. Connect with Sandy to read more of her blogs, articles, and posts.