Call for content now open for SAS Global Forum 2019


As SAS Global Forum 2019 Conference Chair, I am excited to share our plans for an extraordinary SAS experience in Dallas, Texas, April 28-May 1. SAS has always been my analytic tool of choice and has provided me an amazing journey in my professional career.  Attending many SAS global conferences throughout the years, I've found this is the best venue to learn, contribute and network with other SAS colleagues.

The content will not disappoint – submit your abstract now
What presentation topics will you hear at SAS Global Forum? In 2019, expanded topics will include deep dives into text analytics, business visualization, AI/Machine Learning, SAS administration, open source integration and career development discussions. As always, SAS basic programming techniques using the current SAS software environment will be the underpinning of many sessions.

Do you want to be a part of that great content but never presented at a conference? Now could be the time to learn new skills by participating in the SAS Global Forum Presenter Mentoring Program. Available for first-time presenters, you will collaborate with a seasoned expert to guide you on preparing and delivering a professional presentation. The mentors can also help before you even submit your abstract in the call for content – which is now open. Get help to craft your title and abstract for your submission. The open call is available through October 22.

How to get to Dallas
Did you know there are scholarships and awards to help SAS users attend SAS Global Forum? Our award program has been enhanced for New SAS Professionals. This award provides an opportunity for new SAS users to enhance their basic SAS skills as well as learn about the latest technology in their line of business. Hear what industry experts are doing to solve business issues by sharing real-world evidence cases.

In addition, we're offering an enhanced International Professional Award focused on global engagement and participation. This award is available for those outside of the continental 48 states to share their expertise and industry solutions from around the world.  At the conference, you will have a chance to learn and network with international professionals who work on analytic projects similar to your analytic career.

Don’t miss out on this valuable experience! Submit your abstract for consideration to be a presenter! I look forward to seeing you in Dallas and hearing about your work.


About Author

MaryAnne DePesquo

Health Care Consultant, SAS Global Forum 2019 Chair

MaryAnne is currently an independent Healthcare Analytic Consultant. She holds a Master’s degree in Statistics which has been used in the healthcare field throughout her career. Professional experience includes working for major pharmaceutical companies, CROs, healthcare quality improvement organizations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Veteran’s Administration and BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona. The focus of her healthcare experience has been in health outcomes research, predictive modeling, profile segmentation, data quality, surveys, data management, clinical trial statistics and reporting. MaryAnne attended numerous SAS Global Forum and SUGI conferences over the years. She later became involved as a volunteer at a Local User Group, Regionals, PharmaSUG and SAS Global Forum including Conference Chair at WUSS and PharmaSUG. She has been on the SAS Global Forum Conference Committee since 2010. During her career, MaryAnne has presented at WUSS, PharmaSUG, SCSUG, SESUG, SAS Global Forum as well as internationally at ISOQOL and PhUSE.

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