Mandan, N.D., Sept. 7, 2021 :: National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software and solutions to utility and broadband companies, will again host its annual learning event, the Member Information Conference (MIC), from Sept. 13-16 but at a new location – the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in Louisville, Ky.
For the first time in NISC’s 50-year-plus history, the MIC will be leaving St. Louis, Mo., and hit the road to Louisville. The four-day premier learning event will feature more than 100 concurrent sessions and two inspirational general sessions.
“The MIC has grown far beyond just your typical user conference,” says Ed Wolff, NISC vice president of Professional Services, Sales, & Marketing. “Our first goal is, of course, to ensure Members are getting the most value possible from NISC solutions, but we also host Member-led sessions where the users of our enterprise software themselves lead the class from their perspective. the MIC is also a great opportunity to show our Member-Owners first-hand the innovations we have developed since we last had the opportunity to be together.”
The theme for this year’s MIC is ‘Together’ – celebrating all NISC Members as they power and connect their communities. NISC is better because of the Members we serve. And we’re all better Together.
From financials to operations and all points in-between, the 2021 MIC will provide more than 100 sessions on the latest enhancements to NISC solutions, updates on the technology roadmap and discussions of issues facing the utility and broadband industries. This year, we’re excited to have 51 NISC Members leading 28 sessions and sharing best practices with fellow attendees, sharing tips and tricks and personal experiences with the NISC enterprise software.
As the hub for the MIC’s events, the Partner Pavilion is home to NISC’s Consulting Booth and Solutions Lab, where attendees can meet with NISC subject matter experts, as well as 39 exhibiting partners and vendors showcasing a variety of solutions and services valuable to Member organizations.
Opening General Session
Mon., Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. | Dan Wilbanks, President and CEO of NISC
What NISC and our Members have been able to accomplish over the past year and a half would not have been possible if we hadn’t worked together. Through the challenges, we’ve all found new ways to achieve goals and continue serving our members and customers. The 2021 MIC Opening General Session features NISC President and CEO Dan Wilbanks along with some special guests as they share highlights from the past year, NISC’s focus and strategy for the future, and the power of collaborating, innovating, and overcoming obstacles – Together.
Early Birds for Thoroughbreds
Tues., Sept. 14 at 6:30 a.m.
For this year’s #CoopStrong fundraiser, MIC 2021 attendees are invited to kickstart a full day of learning with an instructor-led bootcamp, then visit with the NISC executive team over a benefit breakfast. Proceeds from the event will be donated to two local charities in the Louisville area – The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) and Blessings in a Backpack.
Wed., Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.
After two full days of learning and networking, MICfest will provide a little bit of relaxation and fun at the historic Churchill Downs. At the home of the Kentucky Derby, the longest-continually running sporting event in America, attendees can enjoy the legendary sites and experience some of Louisville’s unique food and beverages before an exciting performance by country music superstars Diamond Rio and opening act Tigirlily.
Closing General Session
Thurs., Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. | Carey Lohrenz, 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy
Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.
Join us for the 2021 MIC Closing Session as Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments – an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.
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NISC is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to 882 independent broadband companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including financials, service, operations and marketing as well as many other supporting platforms and business services. With facilities in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Blacksburg, Va., NISC and its subsidiary employ more than 1,200 professionals between the four locations and remotely throughout the United States. Additional information about NISC can be found at www.nisc.coop.