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Northeast Technology Community Leaders Pages

Event Location...
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Join by Phone 1-857-453-6001 Conf ID: 29735851

Live in person:
Microsoft Corporation
201 Jones Road - 6th Floor, EBC
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 487-6400

How to find us
"Follow signs in lobby for Microsoft - 6th Floor, left off elevator and we are on the right in MPR-B. Receptionist can assist if needed"

Twitter: #NELeaders

Mission: Mission: Give IT Pro Community Leaders a mechanism to network and brainstorm. Improve our technical community and assist our community leaders. Always act and encourage others to act in a positive, giving and caring way.
· Build Process and Strategy for promoting influencer published works. (Books, Articles, Blogs, Upcoming Meetings, Etc)
· Brainstorm ideas on how “we (community leaders)” can work closer together or better
· Build North East IT Pro Technical Community
What is NELeaders? is a web presence for "North East IT Pro Community Leaders Group". This group was created by a community leader for the benefit of all IT Pro community leaders in the North East US.  Over the last couple years there have been a few community leader gatherings.  Microsoft has put on a couple and O'Reilly has put on a couple.  In attending these leader summits / leader socials, it occurred to me that we should have some way of getting this very significant brainpower of all these people together to solve real community problems.  With that thought process and much investigation and questions and answers from other community leaders, North East Leaders was born!
We are a group of community leaders that get together on a normal cadence (once a quarter) to discuss topics that are of interest to the group.  The group is made up of community influencers. 
Who Should Join?
Information Technology Professional Community Influencers should join the group. That is anyone that has a stake in the IT Pro Space in the North East US and is involved in leading the community. Anyone that focuses on a technology that bridge the IT Pro and developer space (SharePoint, SQL, PowerShell, etc.) should absolutely attend. If developer community leaders wish to attend they are welcome but it is an IT Pro leader focused group.
• User Group Leaders (Presidents, Board Members, Leaders, etc.)
• MVP - Most Valuable Professional (Microsoft MVP)
• Influential Bloggers and Forum Participants
• MCT - Microsoft Certified Trainers (and other trainers too)
• Writers, Authors
• Other people in the technology industry that help the broader online or in person community

What happens at the Meetings?
We get together to do a little networking and help solve each others problems.  In doing this, we hopefully find some personal or professional value for ourselves.  We get together for a face to face meeting (summit style).  For those that cannot make the trek to the meeting location, we have a dial in and/or web connect capability so they can join from anywhere in the world.  As many of our members are public speakers that travel often, and many are not geographically close to the meeting place, this gives all an opportunity to join in on the discussion.
More Specifically what does the agenda look like?
The formal event is 2 hours and the clock is watched closely to make sure we respect everyone's time. We start off each summit one our before the summit actually starts.  We have one hour of open networking prior to each summit.  Some attend, some do not.  Once we start the summit, we go around the table introducing ourselves [optional, you may opt out if you like :)].  This introduction will include, name, company, community plug (blog, user groups, etc.), most recent published work, upcoming speaking engagements, twitter handle or other contact information and what we would like to get out of this summit. This will help all find out what others in the territory are doing. If you already have strong relationships with community, you can use this event as a catalyst to build on those relationships. If you would like to get more community exposure or get more involved in the community, this is your chance. This should be a great networking opportunity for those that are new to the community and to those that want to extend or expand their community service.
After Introductions we will brainstorm some ideas for growing our community. The agenda usually has one item of focus for the summit. This topic will be something that is likely of value to all or most.  It will likely be a topic that all can either benefit from or be able to contribute to.  It is not product focused, it is community focused.  It is not a one way presentation of the topic.  It is a brainstorming session of the topic so all can benefit from others opinions. After spending a bit of time brainstorming the topic of the day, we turn to brainstorming the topics that were brought up during the introductions.  Again, with the idea that most or all in the room can either benefit from the discussion or contribute to the discussion.
Very Short Presentation (time permitting)...
If time permits, we will end the day with a very short, to the point presentation on a topic that is likely of interest to all or most of the attendees.  After we wrap the formal summit up we have another hour of networking time reserved with the venue for those that want to continue the discussions of the day or otherwise take advantage of all being in the room at the same time.
Why Join? What's in it for the leaders?
By joining/attending, you will get the opportunity to help shape our technology community. You will get an enormous amount of brainpower focused on any community problems you might have. You will get to help your fellow community leaders with issues they may have. You will get the opportunity to design and implement a strategy for local community collaboration.
What Next?
I hope you will block off your calendar and attend the next event either in person in Waltham MA or online if you cannot attend in person. If you are not able to make it due to schedule conflicts please let me know your thoughts via email Dan Stolts prior to the event or even shortly after if you have to miss it due to last minute conflicts. Also, I would encourage you to pass on an invite to other community leaders that work with IT Pro technologies. Some people you know may have gotten an invite from me, but they may not have. So, please send it, just in case :)
I do need to make sure we have enough capacity on the phone, the online meeting, and the live meeting facility, so I am asking all to RSVP by clicking "Count Me In" for the event (below). If you have other things that you think are important to discuss at this event, please post your ideas to this site or send them to me (Dan Stolts let me know by sending an email to
Collaboration Group Site for people to add to the agenda
Discussion Boards
Online Polls
Who started this group and why?
Dan Stolts... The "ITProGuru"
Twitter: @ITProGuru
Phone: (857) 453-6412

Dan Stolts started the group. Dan has been very involved with the technology community for more than a dozen years. He is founder of Virtualization Group Boston ( former president of Boston Area Windows Server User Group ( and current president of Boston User Groups ( He owns a technology consulting and hosting firm ( and works for Microsoft as the North East District IT Pro Evangelist (IT Pro Community Lead). Dan has been looking for a way to bring the many community leaders he knows together to share ideas.

To kick this group off we had our first "Leader Summit" on 11-23-2010. Minutes from that meeting were posted to the website and some discussions and poll questions were added to keep the discussion going. Everyone that attended really liked the idea of getting together and found it a very productive use of their time. Future meetings were scheduled. Please join the online discussion to get out of the community and most importantly give more to the community!

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