I have attended and been involved in dozens of annual meetings and conferences across the United States over the past decade. My experiences at these events, I am certain, are likely to be very similar to those of most readers. At these conferences the basic format involves a large number of people coming together to presumably learn something new, to interact with colleagues, to network and meet new colleagues within the context of bringing what is learned back ones institution.
"The Zen of Annual Meeting Attendance and Conferencing,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 8
, Article 54.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol8/iss3/54