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During Breakout Sessions at Sections Congress 2011 (SC2011), speakers share information on specific topics with attendees, leaving time for a question and answer period.  The following tracks have been established.

Each Session will also be available live via webinar, for IEEE volunteers and members who are not at SC2011, but who are interested in participating in the sessions. Each webinar will also be recorded and available after SC2011 on the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence training portal. Several sessions will also be available on


Empower the Member

The growth and nurturing of IEEE's 400,000+ members is a core value of IEEE. This track focuses on how a member’s relationship with IEEE can be enhanced through local engagement.  Leaders will be trained on the benefits of IEEE membership and how to communicate and apply these benefits to the needs of their members. Track participants will also learn best practices for using the IEEE Membership Development tools, staff, and volunteer network. Leveraging these resources will ultimately lead to significantly increased retention, recruitment, and recovery of members at the local Section and Chapter level.


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Enhance Geographic Unit Vitality

IEEE has over 5,000 local geographic units.  All of these units serve as a key component in improving the IEEE member experience. This track provides information on obtaining support and resources which can assist the local volunteer. Sessions in this track will address how to keep your Section activities relevant to your members and how to manage activities such as finances and Affinity Groups. Sessions will provide information on effective practices for planning successful meetings, tips on volunteer recruitment, and leadership development skills. A review of the tools for supporting the volunteer administrative responsibilities will also be introduced.


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Serve the World

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. This track highlights how members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. This track focuses on how to promote and facilitate the delivery of technical, professional, and educational material. Topics cover a broad range, including how geographic units can participate in the Standards process, learning about the IEEE Foundation, engaging members in humanitarian projects, and promoting IEEE to industry and your community.


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