My job takes me across the US and I spend a fair amount of my year on the road to meet with prospective partners of Cmed. You have heard it said before, ‘travel isn’t what it used to be’. My travel so far this year has been made by car, by train, by air and even included one memorable ferry trip on the bay in Boston. Through all of these journeys I carry a few essentials to keep me connected to the office and effective in the field.
Last winter I attended the ballet on a free evening while on business in New York.
I was struck by the power and control of the dancers on the stage. The music, the lighting and the fanciful costumes made the whole evening feel magical. Every dancer hit their cues and the performance flowed beautifully. It looked almost — easy.
What I could not see from my seat was the years and years of sweat, injuries and sacrifice that each of those dancers invested to make it to the stage of a premier ballet company.
DIA 2018 was held at the convention center in Boston and I had expected the event to be much like every other DIA conference of the last ten years. I’ve attended most years since 2008 and followed the event from city to city across the US. I had polished up my shoes and was prepared to shake a lot of hands, talk to many, many people and stay up way too late each evening.