There was a very nice reception held for the CIO Decisions Advisory Board members and the staff. It was a nice time and I had the opportunity to finally meet some of the people I had only known by e-mail. They were every bit as nice as they seemed through their messages.
Afterwards, there was a larger reception for the conference attendees. I managed to catch up with people I had met at other CIO or technical events. And unlike many other times, there was the chance to meet their spouses. This created a true networking opportunity for everyone, not only to establish business contacts, but to forge new friendships.
I was able to introduce my wife to several people I had met and considered friends and colleagues, so she could see that they were real and genuine people, and not just technical conference geeks.