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PASS Summit Pre-Cons and Spotlights!

The most dynamic and knowledgeable speakers in the industry will take center stage at PASS Summit 2011 in 13 full-day pre-conference seminars and 24 invitation-only spotlight sessions.

The in-depth, hands-on pre-cons—available for $395 each—enable SQL Server pros to immerse themselves in their topic of choice with today's top experts. The pre-cons will run Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 10-11. The spotlight sessions—spread across the conference and available as part of the standard PASS Summit registration—are 90 minutes long, letting these popular speakers drill into their technical topics.

"It's been a tough job to select the pre-cons and spotlights this year because the quality of the abstracts is so high," notes Program Team leader Lori Edwards. "Looking at the list of submissions, choosing the regular sessions is going to be just as challenging. We look forward to presenting a great schedule for Summit 2011."

A big thanks to everyone who helped the review teams by marking their session preferences, and stay tuned for the regular sessions, which we'll announce in the next couple of weeks. Until then, sign up for your favorite pre-cons and don't miss your chance to save $600 off Summit registration, only until June 30. Register today!

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Call for Speakers: PASS SQLRally Nordic 2011

Internationally known experts such as Microsoft Corp.'s Mark Souza, Thomas Kejser, Stuart Ozer, Lubor Kollar, and Cihan Biyikoglu are already onboard for PASS SQLRally Nordic 2011, with the community Call for Speakers open until July 31.

Hundreds of IT professionals are expected to sharpen their SQL Server and BI skills during 2 days of technical sessions across BI, DBA, and Developer tracks at PASS SQLRally Nordic 2011, Nov 8-9, in Aronsborg, Sweden. Attendees can save 150 euros until June 30 during early-bird registration. Spread the word!

NEW: PASS HQ Profiles

Starting in two weeks, the Connector will feature a member of the PASS HQ team. A staff member will be profiled at least once a month – helping you get to know the behind the scenes folks who help make PASS such a successful community organization (and bringing us closer to the community we so happily serve!)

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PASS SQLRally Orlando 2011: What Attendees had to Say:

We pulled quotes from the recent PASS SQLRally attendee survey—read on below and stay tuned for complete survey results in the next edition of the Connector.

"I was really impressed with the quality of the sessions, the relevance to the work I'm doing, and the knowledge and professionalism of the speakers. I had a great time and got lots of great ideas to take back to work!"

"I really enjoyed SQL Rally. Perfect location and timing. Only wish the actual conference was 3 days instead of 2. Didn't get in all the sessions that I wanted to."

"It was an excellent meet, especially the pre-conference sessions! We should have more of these pre-con days—very important for developers like me."

New and Familiar Faces at PASS HQ

The PASS HQ team is thrilled to announce the addition of two new team members to its core staff.

Karla Landrum—already well-known as a PASS volunteer extraordinaire—will join the team on July 1. Karla will manage the PASS Chapter and Regional Mentor programs along with the full roster of SQLSaturday events.

Michelle Nalliah, PASS Senior Executive Administrative Assistant, officially started last week and manages all administrative duties and governance-related tasks for the PASS Board of Directors and HQ.

Welcome, Karla and Michelle!

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