• CMEpalooza Spotlight: Your Final Checklist

    It’s summer camp season here in the Kober household, and before the ring-a-ding kid is sent off each morning, we have to run down a mental checklist to make sure he has everything he needs for the day.

    Bathing suit? Towel? Lunch? Water bottle? Sunscreen? Change of clothes? Extra masks? Check, check, and check.

    It’s easy to forget something, although I will proudly say we’ve done pretty well this summer and avoided that pesky “So, this is Camp XYZ. Do you realize that you forgot to pack lunch for your son today?”

    Being that I am now an official “Checklist Expert,” I figured I’d run down a few items that you’ll need to be ready for today’s CMEpalooza Spotlight featuring the grants team from Daiichi Sankyo. The primary topic of this discussion is the inner workings of a grant department during times of crisis (you can get which crisis we’ll be focusing on). Seeing as how we always tend to meander a bit during these talks, you can bet there will be lots of good tidbits for you and your team.

    Here is your prep list:

    1. Set an alarm clock/online reminder for 10:55 am ET. This will give you a 5-minute buffer in case you need to grab a drink, hit the head, or get in some last-minute jumping jacks. Our broadcast will start promptly at 11 am ET and will last approximately 35-40 minutes.
    2. Make sure you have our Live page bookmarked or open in your browser. This is where you’ll be able to view the broadcast. We’re trying out a new way to ask questions for this session – hopefully it’ll work.
    3. Download the PollEverywhere app (search for it in the App Store or on Google Play if you don’t yet have it on your phone). You’ll need this app to be able to participate in the interactive questions we’ll be including within this session. If that’s too much work, an alternative is to open this link in your browser window: www.pollev.com/CMEpalooza005.
    4. Think about what you want to eat for lunch before this session begins. We don’t want you to get distracted thinking, “Hmm, PB&J or corned beef on rye? I just don’t know.”
    5. Make sure you are nattily dressed and your hair is perfectly coiffed. Just kidding. You won’t actually be on camera so come as you are. Derek tells me he’ll be wearing his favorite T-shirt from Hanson’s 1999 Tour. You should see how he gyrates any time MMMBop comes on the radio.

    That just about covers it. Now where did I leave the bug spray again?

  • CMEpalooza Spotlight: It’s a Hot One

    Hey gang, it’s your pal Derek here. Feels like it has been a while since I posted anything on the ol’ palooza blog. How’s your summer going? If the weather where you are has been anything like it’s been in Philadelphia, you have probably been spending the majority of your time inside like me basking in the A/C. I think weather like this can best be summed up by the lyrics of modern-day minstrel Rob Thomas from his 1999 ballad Smooth, which opens with Rob crooning the poetic words:

    “Man, it’s a hot one.”

    Truer words were never spoken, Rob.

    Speaking of modern-day minstrels, few people realize what a lovely singing voice CMEpalooza’s own Scott Kober has. He is far too modest to ever say anything about it, but I once heard him bring down the house with his 1 am version of Firehouse’s Love of a Lifetime in the JW Marriott Orlando hotel lobby bar at the Alliance conference a few years ago (note from Scott: Derek’s memory is failing him. It was The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News in San Francisco). That alone was worth the cost of the registration fee. I recommend asking Scott to sing a little something the next time you see him. Sometimes it takes a little encouragement to build up his confidence, so don’t feel bad about nagging him constantly to do it.

    But let’s get back to the main point of this post: finding more opportunities for sitting comfortably indoors in the A/C. Lucky for you, we have a CMEpalooza Spotlight session with our friends at Daiichi Sankyo coming up on Thursday, which gives you another opportunity to bask in the coolness of the indoors. Here are the details:

    CMEpalooza Spotlight. Thursday, July 22. 11 am ET. You watch it here.

    Heeding the advice of Rob Thomas in the parting words of Smooth — “Let’s not forget about it” — I recommend adding the CMEpalooza Spotlight to your calendar now. Hope to see you all there!

  • CMEpalooza Spotlight: Your Cure for the Summertime Blues

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t understand the “summertime blues.” You don’t have to worry about what to wear every morning, it’s light out until late in the evening, and you can do all kinds of fun stuff outside. What about that gets you down?

    But hey, maybe you are tired of people leaving their empty beer cans from the bar three doors down in your flower pots (wait, that’s just me? Huh) and that’s given you those good old “summertime blues.” Well, my good man (or woman), you are in luck because we have just the thing to turn that frown upside down.

    As we announced in late May, we have a very special CMEpalooza Spotlight coming up with the good folks at Daiichi Sankyo. I know it’s been a while since we announced this live broadcast, and maybe you don’t mark down your calendars that far in advance, so consider this your reminder.

    CMEpalooza Spotlight. Thursday, July 22. 11 am ET. You watch it here.

    Among other topics, we’re going to be focusing on the inner working of a grant team during times of crisis. I think you’ll find it quite interesting. So, um, join us. Oh yeah, this goes without saying – no cost, no pre-registration necessary. Just show up.