"You learn from the people that do the job you're doing," said Miller of APTA. And, just as important, "You're building not only professional connections, but you're making personal friendships and the learning continues beyond the conference.
"You're not alone."
When interviewing Melaniphy prior to his taking on the position of president at APTA, one of the things important to him was getting people involved and he always stresses, "This is your association." There are a variety of committees and within the Marketing and Communications Committee, there are specialized areas for people to be involved in the areas they're most passionate about, from social media or ad revenue to the newest Military Family Task Force.
Not sure how to get involved? Just contact APTA and they'll be happy to head you in the right direction. Or as Melaniphy said in a previous interview, "You have to raise your hand. There will be a lot of people to help you and guide you."