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CFUnited 2010 Registration Open

What? Registration for CFUnited 2010 is open!?!

Heck yeah. I talked to several people at CFUnited and ask "If we reduced the price, would you register tomorrow?" Enough people actually said yes. So I'm giving it a shot. Mainly because this helps us secure the venue for next year. The size of this event makes us limited to the number of venues we can occupy. If we have the deposit available early we can negotiate on room prices and more to help keep the costs down.

So please help us in this effort!

We are opening 200 tickets at $499 for the 3 day price. But we also have to cut it off September 25th. So tell your friends who didn't have the opportunity to go this year. It is more affordable than ever. Once you have your ticket, that's half the battle!

2010 will rock and you might just be surprised that we will be able to make it even better.

Oh yeah, and a special gift will be also be added to each of the first 200 registered attendees. And you know Liz's gifts can be special. ;-)

We are 90% sure the event is in August

The event will be in the MD/DC/VA area

CFUnited Lunches

Ever wonder what you will be eating at a conference? The hotel has come up with a delicious menu and we want to share it with you.

Vegetarian and Kosher options will be delicious as well.

8/11- Pre-Conference Classes - Deli Style

Insalata Caprese with Ripe Summer Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

Summer Vegetable Cobb Salad

Corn, Cucumbers, Mixed Greens, House-made Ranch Dressing

Premade Sandwiches:

Roasted Turkey Breast with Pesto Mayonnaise on Whole Wheat Potato Rolls

Slow Roasted Beef with Brie Cheese and Horseradish Spread on 3 foot long Ciabatta

Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese on Sun Dried Tomato Baguette

Strawberry Shortcake Display

Macerated Strawberries, Short Bread Biscuits, and Whipped Cream

Fresh Baked Rich Fudge Brownies

8/12 - Wednesday, First day of Main event - Mediterranean Style

Gemelli Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables, Roasted Pepper and Pesto Vinaigrette

Lansdowne Caesar Salad with Focaccia Croutons and our House made Dressing

Rosemary and Lemon Grilled Chicken Breast,

Grilled Mushrooms and Peppers, Balsamic and Herb Jus

Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs, Creamy Ricotta and Herb Polenta,

Citrus and Herb Gremolata

Orecchiette Pasta Baked with Vegetarian Sauce Putanesca and Feta Cheese

Chocolate Espresso Cake with Mocha Buttercream

Classic Tiramisu On the Rocks:

Ladyfingers, Whipped Mascarpone and a Reduction of Coffee and Kahlua

8/13 - Thursday, Second day of Main Event - BBQ Style

Bean and Vegetable Chili,

Fresh Baked Cornbread with Roasted Jalapenos and Cheddar Cheese

Red Bliss Potato Salad

Macaroni Salad

Slow Roasted Chicken Al Diablo, Roasted Tomato and Corn Salsa

Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Tequila Macerated Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa

Smoked Pork Loin, Grilled Peach Chutney, Riesling and Basil Vinaigrette

Baked Mac N Cheese with Grafton Cheddar Cheese

Sliced Watermelon and Fresh Fruit Salad in Honey and Mint

Warm Mixed Berry Cobbler with Streusel Topping

Pound cake Display with Assorted Toppings and Garnishes

8/14 - Friday, Third day of Main Event - Pan Asian Style

Lo Mein Noodle Salad with Napa Cabbage, Crunchy Vegetables,

Crushed Peanut Vinaigrette

Salad of Edamame, Marinated Tofu and Roasted Mushrooms,

on Baby Spinach with a Soy and Sesame Vinaigrette

Lemongrass Marinated Chicken, Toasted Peanuts and Fresh Herbs

Short Smoked Mahi Mahi, Miso Honey Glaze, Crispy Mushrooms and Leeks

Bulgogi Marinated Flank Style, Spicy Marinated Vegetable Pickles

Vegetable Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy and Sugar Snap Peas

Coconut Rice Pudding

Ginger Infused Creme Brulee

Cinnamon and Orange Flavored Panna Cotta

Fortune Cookies

8/15 - This menu will be added soon. Possibly a Deli style lunch like the pre-conference classes

New Topic - Janine Driver, The Lyin Tamer

Do you have it all?

I brought in a celebrity to speak at CFUnited. I saw Janine Driver in DC in June and she's hilarious and has a ton of great tips for business professionals. She will show you how to climb the ladder in your career. She's trained many in the government and law enforcement agencies, now she's reaching to business professionals like us. (See the link to her recent TV show appearances below)

For all you "LIE TO ME" show fans: Janine Driver's mentor is Dr. Paul Ekman, the inspiration behind the new hit TV show.

Her topic is "The New Executive Presence"

Speaking Times:
Thu. 3:15PM-4:15PM
Fri. 9:00AM-10:00AM

Janine Driver, Body Language Contributor for NBC's The Today Show, has been dubbed the "Lyin' Tamer" and that's L-Y-I-N Tamer because...she knows when people are lying! Janine is a world-renowned body language expert, international speaker, author and life coach. She has been seen on the Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, the History Channel, ESPN, Fox News Live and many more. She is the author of The Masters of Success and will release her second book with Crown Publishing, "YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK: A 7- Day Plan on How to Use the New Body Language to Get What You Want", February 2010. Janine's background is as fascinating as the subject matter she teaches. By day, she spent more than a decade as an award- winning Federal Law Enforcement Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), training 30,000+ cops, lawyers and judges in the fine art of separating fact from fiction. By night, she thrilled audiences as a stand up comic who shared the stage with Chris Rock, Robin Williams and Ray Romano. Today, Janine teaches her recently de-classified body language strategies to thousands of businesses around the globe! Her motto: "If I can teach cops to get the bad guys to confess, then I can teach YOU to easily get the people in your life to say 'YES'!"

Watch videos of her recent appearances on TV

I decided to bring in something a little different to this conference. I hope everyone enjoy this rare experience.

Final CFUnited Early Bird ends June 30th 2009

The final CFUnited early bird rates will expire on June 30th 2009, only 4 weeks away! After June 30th the 3 day and 4 day packages will go up by $100 and the Saturday only package will go up by $50

For more pricing details visit

To register visit

Once you are registered you can log in to the scheduler app and sign up for sessions.

The Lansdowne Resort & Conference Center is 70% full, visit to book your rooms and learn more about the venue.

Concert at CFUnited

We booked a band for CFUnited: BoxCar Collision

Alumni from 2005 probably remember this band. They are still in DC and really popular around the clubs. We'll have this band playing for a couple hours during one of our evening open bar events. Be ready to party!

Formed in 2003, Boxcar Collision started when 4 friends started meeting weekly to jam. They were invited to play an open mic, and somewhere in-between the PJ Harvey and Gillian Welch covers, they realized they were a band.

Since then theyĆ½ve played Iota, The Velvet Lounge, DC9, and have written 15 original songs. Though not easily categorized, their sound has been compared to Rilo Kiley, The Pretenders, and The Smiths. Their debut CD was released in 2007.

Sample of their music:

More photos:

Liz's inside info: I hear they have a new album coming out around the time of CFUnited, maybe we'll be the first to hear some of their new stuff. ;-)

CFUnited Manager Guide

This is the Ultimate Manager Guide for CFUnited 2009.

If you do anything today, print a copy of this document and hand it to your manager. It has great information and I hope they realize that CFUnited is the place for you to be this year.

*Also, please tell your friends :-)

Billy the Geek: Goals for 2009

See Billy's Goals for 2009

CFUnited Express New York April 20th

Hello NYC! We are coming back to your home town.

Only $149

Register now!

It will be held at the Pace University on April 20th.

We will have coffee, snacks, lunch, and lots of free stuff. Including a CF8 tag poster for each person. Lots of prizes and software to give away. Even a free ticket to CFUnited.

REMEMBER, when you register at an express event you can use 100% of your registration as a discount towards CFUnited's main event in August.

Topics and Speakers:

Advanced Custom Tags Presented By Ben Nadel

Charting with ColdFusion and Flex Presented By Andrew Schwabe

Flex-a-sketch: Creating online drawing and image creation tools Presented By Simon Free

Practical Code Generation Presented By Peter Bell

Selling Selling CF Development to Small and Mid Size Businesses Presented By Sean Hanover

TBA topic Presented By Jeff Tapper

Call for Women Speakers

Hello Ladies!

A recent conversation has been sparked by Raymond Camden with someone who recently asked why conferences can't find that many women speakers. I think lots of conferences would like to see more women participate as a speaker.

See blog entry here:

CFUnited has seen increased numbers in women attending over the years and I think it adds a nice balance to the event overall. However, we don't see that many women submitting topics in the call for speakers.

Because of this recent discussion I have decided to open the call for speakers again for women only. I've open up 5 more topic slots starting today. Submit on the call for speakers until March 20th. I'll post all the choices in a survey on March 23rd and let the community vote again for two weeks. And to further my support I'm going to submit a topic as well.

I'm glad to announce that Selene Bainum will be added as a speaker soon to a Database Track. And of course Dee Sadler is currently accepted as a speaker.

Thanks Ladies and I'm excited to see ideas for new topics.

Note: I will post on this blog what topics have been submitted from women already so that they get a chance too. And as they come in, I'll try to update this entry as well in the comments section.

CFUnited Podcast: Douglas Knudsen - Connecting Flex to ColdFusion

"In our third installment of the Speakers of CFUnited series, Dan Wilson interviews Douglas Knudsen, consultant with Universal Mind, who is speaking on Connecting Flex to ColdFusion at CFUnited.

Doug talks about topics from his talk at CFUnited, working in a coworking group environment instead of working from home, his start with ColdFusion, and music to work to, including Chinese Silk music." - Brian Meloche

Visit CFConversations to listen to the podcast.

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