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UNYSLA Updates, Spring 2014

Dear Upstate NY Chapter of SLA,

UNYSLA’s spring conference, held at the awe-inspiring Corning Museum of Glass, was a resounding success – good attendance, great speakers and plenty of networking opportunities.  This conference was a collaborative effort between SCIP, Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals, and UNYSLA and was generously sponsored by S&P Capital IQ. The morning began with a brief introduction to competitive intelligence (CI) by Tim Kindler of Ernst and Young. Janis Whritenor of Paychex and Tim Kindlerthen described how competitive intelligence can be used to further one’s business and career.  We also learned what CI is not and how to be ethical and forthright as one gathers, synthesizes and presents information to stakeholders.  The morning session concluded with J.R. Yanchack of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP who presented information on CI in the legal profession – from the current state of CI in the legal industry to practical advice on developing a CI program.

After a delightful lunch with time to tour the museum, we heard from Scott Swigart of Cascade Insights whose presentation focused on “tuning into the voice of the competitor” and going beyond typical search techniques to find CI information.  Our last speaker was Alice Li of the Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization who described university R&D and the techniques and challenges of commercializing research products.  The day ended with a lively panel discussion and many questions from interested participants.

A big thanks and kudos to Susan Kendrick, Janis Whritenor (of SCIP) and the rest of UNYLSA’s planning committee.  Our fall conference is in the formation stages now (tentatively scheduled for 10/17/14).  If you have ideas for the conference or would like to participate in planning, please contact me or any member of UNYSLA’s board. If you are not a member of SLA, we would encourage you to join our vibrant professional organization and become a member of the Upstate New York Chapter.  Hope to see you in Vancouver!

Linda Galloway
UNYSLA President, 2014


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