SANTA ROSA, CA (Oct. 28, 2019) – Due to the tragic and dangerous Kincade wildfire (the largest in Sonoma County history), our first-ever Talent Development Think Tank conference is being rescheduled possibly for February or March 2020.
As the fires in the region escalated on Sunday, Oct. 27, the conference venue at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country became part of a mandatory evacuation zone. Even if this mandate is lifted soon, we remain concerned about road closures, airline delays and cancellations, shipping of conference materials, and the overall health, safety, and well being of our guests, speakers, and staff.
We are donating $1,000 to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund for those families and individuals affected by the wildfire. If you want to support the cause as well, you can do so here: www.sonomacf.org/about/.
“We have been working hard on this event for the past 9 months so it was a difficult decision to reschedule, but we are committed to doing what is in the best interest of our members, partners, speakers, and volunteers as well as what is best for the community,” said Andy Storch, co-founder and co-host of the event with Bennett Phillips. “We are optimistic that the Santa Rosa community will recover and that we will be able to host a really fantastic conference in February or March.”
“While this is an unfortunate inconvenience for all of us, we are trying to stay focused on the good fortune we have to be safe in our homes while so many are not,” Phillips added. “Our thoughts go out to the people of Sonoma County and the surrounding area, and we are proud to be able to support the cause of the Resilience Fund.”
“After much deliberation, we are saddened to have to announce that we will be rescheduling this event to which so many have contributed,” said Jonathan Hodge, president and CEO of Advantage Performance Group, a premier sponsor of the event.
“However major or minor this inconvenience is to us and our TDTT family that has been forming over the last 9 months, it pales in comparison to the very real threat faced by the residents of Santa Rosa. Our hearts and spirits are with them in these coming weeks and we look forward to finding a time in early 2020 where we can celebrate their safe journeys and support the community in person.”
The event was originally scheduled for Nov 6-7, 2019, and was sold out. Questions about the event can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.