|Front Runner to Salt Lake|
The morning began with a meet up with Jen Baldwin from Findmypast.com.
What I learned about this invaluable tool is coming soon!
It was then time to head over to the conference center and register. Luckily the line was short for Ambassadors and I was finished and wandering around looking to see who else had arrived.
Wednesday morning was the opening of the Innovator Summit where ideas for new businesses and the Showdown for the winner of the best for the year was in it's semifinals.
The keynote speaker, Liz Wiseman was inspirational. If you aren't familiar with Liz or listened to her speak, I would encourage you to do so here.
Liz asked us to think back to when we were new to something and had a "Rookie Moment". We were to tell our neighbor about that experience. I was sitting next to friend Michelle Ross Goodrum of the Turning of Generations blog and told her I felt like my whole life was a "Rookie Moment"!
|With Liz Wiseman|
Out in the hall, I noticed Liz was talking to a few of the attendees of her keynote presentation. I took the opportunity to thank her for the presentation and was able to get a couple of photos.
|Liz looking at the beginning of my trail of ribbons!|
|Eating lunch with friend Kathleen Keenan|
while waiting for the Showdown to start.
The Innovator Showdown Semi Finals were judged by Thomas MacEntee, Kenyatta Berry, Alan Doan, John Richards and Dalton J. Wright.
|Judges Alan, Kenyatta and Thomas|
|Listening to Diahan Southard|
RootsTech sessions began at 3pm. My first choice was Diahan Southard's presentation "DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together". This was a touching story of her mother's use of DNA to reunite with her birth family.
|Learning from Angela McGhie|
Part of the day was also spent running into friends.
|Fellow Genealogy Bloggers|
|The NextGen Genealogy Network|
|With Valerie Elkins|
The Opening Social, was held that evening across the street at the Marriott Hotel. It was sponsored by FamilySearch and featured light refreshments, a photo booth, and dancing.
The Finalists of the Innovator Showdown were announced-Double Match Triangulator, Emberall, Kindex and OldNews USA. For more information about these products please click here.
|Photo Booth Fun with Michelle Goodrum and Mary Roddy|
|Opening social with Thomas MacEntee and Michelle Goodrum|