A few weeks ago, we met some TSPA members in San Francisco at Spark Social’s double decker bus. It was a blast to see our members in a large group, face to face, for the first time! I think it was a great experience for our members as well, getting to chat with their fellow T&S colleagues without a screen.
As we enjoyed delicious food, cold drinks, and the warm sun, small groups of attendees chatted about everything from managing law enforcement responses to comparing notes on child safety to the democracy of the internet. One of the best parts was seeing team members from a few different companies get to meet each other in person, some for the first time! So many T&S professionals joined their current teams during the pandemic (including the TSPA team!), and we loved providing a space for them to get to know each other outside of work.
We loved seeing everyone and are looking forward to doing more in-person events with the TSPA community. TSPA was founded with the assumption that we would have many in-person events, but because of the pandemic we’ve had to move a lot of our programming offline. We’ll continue to do virtual events because we are a global community, and the ability to travel and gather in person is still a privilege. But we’re also stepping up our in-person game!
The next few meet and greet locations are still tentative, but be on the lookout for announcements for in-person meet & greets for Dublin, London, and New York City this summer. We’re also considering Seattle and LA before TrustCon in September. If we can’t schedule these meet and greets beforehand, we’ll definitely plan for something after TrustCon. And APAC, we’re not leaving you out! TSPA staff might not be able to travel to APAC before TrustCon, but we’ll try to get there afterwards, and we’re planning something localsoon.
If any member would like to help us host a local meet up, let us know! One of the challenges of doing local meet-ups is finding local venues, but if someone local can help with that, it’ll be easier for our small team to organize a successful event for you.