07 Jun 2023

What does the conference theme of ‘New Horizons’ mean to you?

Some of our expert speakers tell us how they interpret the theme for this year's Memcom Conference 

New Horizons is a great theme, we have such a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what we learned during COVID, to adopt new ways of working for ourselves and for our members, and to make sure we’re aware, preferably ahead, of the next big opportunity.
Victoria Barlow, Agenda

Associations must be more agile in today’s world, quick to adapt to the ever-changing environment.  New horizons, new generations – in our session we will focus on engaging the younger generation.
Nikki Walker, MCI

New Horizons is like Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country – the neutral zone was being dismantled and hostilities between humans and Klingons coming to an end. Doubters on both sides did not trust what would happen next so colluded to sabotage the peace talks.  People fear the unknown and act illogically without facts and clarity. So I hope the conference will help attendees to embrace the future, not fear uncertainty and have hope that the future provides opportunity to improve on what they do now.
Dr Marcia Philbin, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

The conference theme really resonates for me this year as I feel like its the first time in three years that organisations can look forward, and can now afford to be strategic rather than just survive. Plus, after seven years at the CISI, I just moved into a new role in a membership body that I think will greatly benefit, not only from being part of Memcom, but contributing to and participating in it as well.
Helen Anderson, The Network One

We’re at a point of inflection in the membership sector; we are all cognisant that members are changing, both in how they navigate their life/career and how they engage with their membership body. With that comes opportunity. ‘New Horizons’ for me is about how exciting this time is, and how we must look beyond existing thinking to continuously drive the sector forward. 
Ruth Bolle, Research by Design

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