The highly anticipated CLOC Global Institute is just around the corner, and legal operations rockstars from around the world are preparing for an exciting and informative experience in Las Vegas.
As you gear up for this remarkable event, I’ve compiled a list of seven critical tips to help you make the most of your time at CGI 2023. Being that this is my 3rd time at CGI, each time I learn and improvise. From networking to session planning and embracing the Vegas ambiance including evening parties, these suggestions will ensure that you have an engaging and fruitful experience.
Let’s dive right in:
- Embrace the welcoming CLOC community.
If this is your first time attending CLOC, don't let the size of the event overwhelm you. The CLOC community is known for its warm and inclusive atmosphere. Be open to meeting new people, strike up conversations, and forge valuable connections.
Always remember, networking is the lifeblood of this event, and you never know who you might meet or what insights you could gain from fellow attendees. I’m hearing Braindate’s are all the rage and even hosting one myself about making the most of your CLM investment with Salesforce integrations. Join me on May 17 at 1pm.
- Plan your sessions strategically.
With a vast array of sessions and topics to choose from, it's essential to plan your schedule wisely. Take the time to review the session lineup and identify those that align closely with your organization's needs and your personal interests. By prioritizing relevant sessions, you'll make the most of your time and come away with valuable knowledge and insights. I’ll also be hosting a session with my friend, Ewa Hugh, Head of Legal Operations at Momentive (SurveyMonkey). We’ll be discussing how to navigate the current economic turbulence and what adjustments you should be making to resource allocation and budgets. Creating value with legal tech during these times will be the hottest topic. Be sure to stop by at 11:40am in Monet 3 & 4 on May 17.
- Take a break and enjoy the fresh air.
While CGI 2023 promises to be an action-packed event, it's crucial to step outside and take a moment for yourself. Las Vegas boasts stunning scenery and a vibrant atmosphere. Use breaks between sessions to explore the city, soak in the fresh air, and recharge your batteries. Go walk by the pool and don’t be surprised if you encounter other CGI attendees. Remember, balance is key, and a brief respite can rejuvenate your mind and enhance your overall experience. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and attire.
- Set limits at the gambling tables.
The allure of the Vegas Strip and its dazzling casinos can be irresistible.
If you're tempted to try your luck, be sure to set a limit for yourself. Remember, CGI is primarily an educational event, and maintaining focus on the professional aspect will ensure you gain the most from your attendance. Enjoy the entertainment and keep your priorities in check.
- Strategize your swag collection.
The exhibit hall at CGI 2023 will be brimming with exciting vendors and booths offering enticing swag. Before diving into the swag frenzy, consider your needs and preferences. Plan ahead and prioritize the vendors you want to visit. This approach will help you make informed decisions and collect swag that aligns with your interests, all while optimizing your time in the exhibit hall. If you have kids, ask them what type of swag they value and bring an empty bag to carry it all back on your flights! I have good intel telling me the Malbek swag will impress!
- Schedule meetings with priority vendors:
To make the most of your time at CGI, it's vital to allocate specific time for meeting with vendors who are currently a priority for your organization. Research ahead of the event and identify vendors that align with your needs and objectives. Setting up dedicated meetings ensures you have meaningful conversations and can discuss potential partnerships or solutions in more detail.
- Enjoy the after-hours events.
CGI 2023 offers plenty of opportunities to unwind and enjoy yourself outside of the event. If you're a wine enthusiast, I would love to host you at our exclusive wine-tasting experience, which offers the best views from the Bellagio Presidential Suite. Take advantage of these after-hours options to relax, connect with fellow attendees in a more casual setting, and create lasting memories.
Attending CGI 2023 in Las Vegas is an incredible opportunity to expand your network, gain valuable insights, and have an unforgettable experience. By following these seven critical tips, you'll navigate the event with ease and make the most of your time.
In addition to these tips, we highly recommend making a stop at the Malbek booth. As a leader in contract lifecycle management solutions, we’ll be showcasing our latest innovations and industry expertise at CGI 2023. Our booth will offer a unique opportunity to explore how our cutting-edge technologies can revolutionize contract management within your organization, especially as it relates to generative AI and ChatGPT. Don't miss the chance to engage with our knowledgeable team, learn about CLM, and discover how Malbek can help drive efficiency and compliance in your contract processes.
Mark your calendar, pack your bags, and get ready for an incredible experience at CGI 2023. See you there!