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So, you want to be a SAS Global Forum Conference Chair?

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It’s an exciting role! Serving as a SAS Global Forum Conference Chair means expanding your network, increasing your visibility in the SAS community, working with an amazing team of volunteers and SAS staff, and – A LOT OF WORK.

  • What should you think about before taking the leap and applying?
  • What are the qualities and competencies that the SAS Global User Group Executive Board looks for in their search for a Conference Chair?
  • What do you need to know about the Conference Team, their Roles, Responsibilities, and Structure?
  • And, who do you contact with your questions?

This document will help you answer the above questions and better prepare you on your Path to Leadership with SAS Global Forum.


To better understand the conference organization, leadership roles, and team responsibilities, review the details about SAS Global Forum leadership.


What are the responsibilities of the position?

The SAS Global Forum 2024 conference chair will immediately become a member of the SGUG EB. During the 2022 and 2023 conference years, he or she will work with the conference chairs for those years as a member of the organizing team. The 2024 chair will be introduced during the SAS Global Forum 2023 event.


Following the closing of SAS Global Forum 2023, the primary role of the 2024 conference chair will be to manage their assembled team to establish conference content that will attract and resonate with SAS users from around the globe. For a full description of the chair’s roles and responsibilities, please refer to SAS Global Forum Executive Board and Conference Team Roles and Responsibilities, specifically the section titled Conference Chair – Roles and Responsibilities.


What are the benefits of serving in this capacity?

  • Gain visibility in the SAS community.
  • Secure a leadership development role and experience on a global level.
  • Advancement of personal SAS skills and awareness.
  • Accentuated reputation as a leader in technology and analytics.
  • Brand exposure for your company.
  • Collaboration and networking with SAS leaders, employees, partners and executives.

How do I apply?

  • Submit a cover letter.
  • Include a conference experience resume.
  • Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Provide two or three references.


  • Your cover letter should address your desire to lead SAS Global Forum 2024, your employer's level of commitment and support, your ability to devote time and resources to the task, and your vision of how you might enhance the conference.
  • Your conference experience resume should list the roles you have played in organizing and conducting other conferences, especially other gatherings of SAS users: regional, country, local and in-house user groups or conferences. Include how your participation has evolved if you have participated in different aspects of these groups and conferences.

Submit all of the above-noted information or any questions you may have about the opportunity to by April 23, 2021.


When will selections be made?

Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by May 10, 2021. Interviews will be held via video conferencing from late May through early June 2021. Final selection will be by June 15, 2021.


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