I am privileged to be attending the yearly IOUC conference which essentially brings together all the Oracle usergroup leaders from all over the world. It was amazing to see so many talented and respected individuals who have dedicated so many years to educating new users and bringing new content. They sat all together teaching and learning from each other.
However, while looking around one thing that struck me was that no one there seemed to be under the age of 45. It was hard not to ask myself, where are all of the young faces? While all of these individuals bring their years of experience with them, it cannot be denied that new blood young is in short supply and needed to move forward. Many sessions focused on how to get students, kids and undergrads into the Oracle development world but my question is where are all the 30 – 45 year olds :)
This is where ODTUG comes in. The ODTUG group has created an amazing new Leadership Circle program where older Oracle veterans can guide and mentor new leaders. Through the program younger people can throw their hat into the ring and become the next generation of Oracle leaders. New ideas and new energy are needed to continue innovation in the Oracle world and the user communities. It is essential that the people who live in the new social media world begin contributing their ideas, passions and “friend circles” otherwise we end up in a situation of stagnation. With all of this in mind I encourage anyone who is passionate about Oracle to apply to the ODTUG leadership program and help us shape the next generation of the user group leadership. I will end with the wise words of Tim Gorman my fellow board member who said today at the IOUC conference “Every leader should prepare their successor.”
So apply here TODAY