New PASS Summit speakers that deserve votes

May 19, 2011

I’m not going to ask you to vote for the abstracts that I submitted for the PASS Summit. I’m not even going to mention the abstracts that Roger and Ashley submitted. I figure if you’re reading this, you may have already read the post I wrote about them, back before SQLPASS had said that there’d be voting.

Instead, I’m going to pick a few people that I recommend you vote for.

The people I’m going to pick are Paul White, Chris Testa-O’Neill and Erin Stellato. Three very different people, even from different countries. But I don’t think any of them have spoken at the PASS Summit before, and it would be good if they got accepted.

Paul White (NZ) is a fellow blogger at If you haven’t read his stuff, you’re seriously missing out. He spends an inordinate amount of time researching the behaviour of SQL Server, and has discovered all kinds of amazing things. He recently gave a presentation at the Boston SQL Saturday, and there was a lot of good feedback about it.

Chris Testa-O’Neill (UK) is one of the organisers of the SQLBits conferences in the UK, and has also appeared on many of the eLearning training for Microsoft. He hails from Manchester but has family living in Adelaide. He visited over Christmas and did an excellent job of speaking at the Adelaide SQL Server User Group.

Erin Stellato (US) blogs at (I guess that makes sense). I met her briefly at the last PASS Summit, but over recent months have had a few conversations with her about some of the things she writes about on her blog. She submitted an abstract for 24 Hours of PASS event, but didn’t manage to get enough votes to speak. Despite this, I know she knows her stuff, and would do an excellent job presenting.

So there’s three people that I recommend you vote for. You can easily see the abstracts they’ve submitted on the site, to help in your decision. There are plenty of other people you should vote for too, such as the Scottish Jen Stirrup, the Aussie Darren Gosbell, or Seattle’s own Kendra Little (I think they haven’t spoken at the PASS Summit before either) – but please have a look through the names and pick some that are not the usual suspects.


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jen Stirrup

    Thank you very much for the call out Rob 🙂 I’m honoured. I have to say that Kendra, Erin, Chris and Paul had my votes since I follow closely on Twitter and they’re on my ‘get to know better!’ list.
    I’ve heard Chris before, he’s an excellent speaker and it would be great if he got the chance to speak at SQLPass.
    It would be nice to have some non-US speakers, I think, in order to emphasise that SQLPass is accessible across the world. I’ve attended a SQLPass meeting here in London, and it was very good.

  2. WIDBA

    I am surprised Paul White is not an automatic in, if nothing else because of his crazy in-depth blog posts that are so well done.  Learned a ton from the guy in the past year and passed around his posts to many coworkers.

  3. Jack Corbett

    Good list of people that should be presenters at the Summit.  It’s always good to get new people on the schedule.  I was in Paul’s session at SQLSaturday – Boston and it was fantastic.  Great 300-400 level session of which there are too few.

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