SAS® GLOBAL FORUM 2019
If you want to know what technology is hot or learn how others are solving today’s most pressing business challenges – SAS Global Forum offers programs tailored to your interests. After all, the Users Program is designed by SAS users, for SAS users. It is planned and sponsored by the SAS Global Users Group, which is open to all SAS software users around the world.
During the conference, take advantage of hundreds of workshops, presentations, demos and networking opportunities that will broaden your skills. Exchange ideas with experts and peers. Explore new ways of using SAS.
About SAS® Global Forum
Champion the needs of SAS users worldwide to help them learn, connect and grow.
To be the SAS community’s most vibrant facilitator by connecting SAS professionals to expert content, best practices and thought leadership.
In partnership with SAS, the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board supports the continued growth of a global community of professionals by providing engaging opportunities to meet, present and share ideas. This is accomplished through a broad professional platform that includes an annual conference designed to inspire people to learn more about SAS and create opportunities for personal and professional achievement.
To be the premier international SAS conference for developing SAS professionals.
In partnership with SAS, the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board drives strategies that provide SAS users with exceptional content and networking opportunities throughout the year, including SAS Global Forum, media activities, blogs, e-learning and other venues.
With more than four decades of experience managing the conference, the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board is a diverse group of individuals who bring a myriad of perspectives on how people use SAS products and services. The board advocates on behalf of the community in order to support its growth.
Your Executive Board
McDougall Scientific Ltd.
SAS Global Forum 2017 Chair
Oklahoma State University
SAS Global Forum 2018 Chair
Kathryn A. Council
Health Care Consultant
SAS Global Forum 2019 Chair
Bank of Montreal
SAS Global Forum 2021 Chair
SAS Global Forum 2014 Chair
Kenneth L. Koonce
Louisiana State University
SUGI 6 Chair
Andrew T. Kuligowski
Qurate Retail Group
SAS Global Forum 2012 Chair
IQVIA Government Solutions
SAS Global Forum 2020 Chair
J. Philip Miller
Washington University School of Medicine
SUGI 8 Chair
SAS Global Forum 2013 Chair
Jerry L. Oglesby
SUGI 18 Chair
Mile High Healthcare Analytics
SUGI 29 Chair
Georgia Regents University
SAS Global Forum 2016 Chair
SUGI 25 Chair
Your Content Team
SAS Global Forum includes an abundance of incredible sessions from which our attendees can learn, develop and grow their SAS knowledge. Please review the esteemed panel of content reviewers and approvers that help make it possible.
SAS® Global Forum 2020
March 29 - April 1, 2020
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Lisa Mendez, Conference Chair
SAS® Global Forum 2021
April 19 - 22, 2021
Las Vegas, NV
Dina Duhon, Conference Chair
SAS® Global Forum 2022
April 10 - 13, 2022
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
TBD, Conference Chair
The SAS Global Forum Executive Board is committed to giving back. One important way the board does so is in the form of scholarships and awards. The recipients of such awards are among the best and the brightest. Learn more about each award below, and review the list of previous winners.
New SAS® Professional Award
For relatively new SAS users who want to experience the conference for the first time, there's the New SAS Professional Award (formerly known as the Junior Professional Award). This award provides full-time SAS professionals with five years or less of SAS experience the opportunity to earn a free conference registration and one free pre-conference tutorial. Eligibility criteria: You have never attended a SAS Global Forum in the past and would not otherwise be able to attend.
International SAS® Professional Award
The International Professional Award provides SAS users outside of the 48 contiguous US states the opportunity to attend the conference. Eligibility criteria: You must be a full-time SAS professional who has never attended a SAS Global Forum and would not otherwise be able to attend. This award provides free registration, including meals; one free pre-conference tutorial; and an invitation to an awards recognition luncheon.
The SAS Student Ambassador program is designed to recognize the next generation of SAS users. This highly competitive program showcases students using SAS technologies in innovative ways in their respective fields of study. Award recipients get the opportunity to present on a global stage at SAS Global Forum and receive free registration, travel and hotel expenses.
SAS Global Forum provides a powerful platform for students to advance their SAS skills, network and collaborate with other SAS users. That’s why the Executive Board provides scholarships to cover costs associated with conference attendance.
Faculty are at the forefront of talent development. SAS Global Forum connects academia and industry to share ideas and advance innovation. Scholarships recognize faculty and provide opportunities for them and their students to benefit from the global experience and recognition of conference participation.
2018 SAS® Global Forum Statistics
52% Technical Professional
15% Banking & Financial Services
10% Health Care, Pharma & Life Sciences
3% Energy & Utilities
A Message From Your 2019 Conference Chair
Greetings! SAS Global Forum is near and dear to me. This event takes me back to the early days of my career – my first manager and mentor was wonderful. She was my go-to person as I learned SAS, and supported my attendance of SAS conferences. That experience was transformative. My SAS skills grew exponentially, as did my network of SAS users.
SAS Global Forum is so much more than a conference – it’s about true skills development, networking in abundance, and ultimately being a part of an entire SAS community. I want that for each of you!
If you’re a new SAS user or transitioning to using SAS, the conference offers a wealth of resources – from breakout sessions to posters, e-learning and Quick Tips – all of which will equip you with the tools you need to succeed.
I also hope that you’ll explore new avenues! SAS touches all industry sectors – such as finance, retail, marketing, health and life sciences, education, government, manufacturing and services. Take advantage of the access to industry experts. Learn new software. Hear from expert panelists and discuss today’s hottest topics like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Find answers to business issues that your organization may be facing.
If you’re joining us from the international community, let me be the first to say welcome! We look forward to sharing and exchanging valuable knowledge with our fellow SAS users around the globe.
Finally, I’d like to take just a few moments to recognize the dedicated village it takes to make this conference a reality. Our conference team, along with the ongoing support of SAS staff, are what makes this event possible. Their tireless commitment to provide attendees with unprecedented tools, resources and an unforgettable experience is remarkable. And we thank them all.
If you see me at a session, in The Quad, or perhaps at our Kick Back Party, I hope you’ll say hello. I know SAS Global Forum 2019 is going to be bigger and better than ever in Dallas!
Health Care Consultant
SAS Global Forum 2019 Chair