The power of learning

GUEST OPINION: Reno Deschaine

Some say success happens when preparation meets opportunity. And many credit lifelong learning with an endless spark of curiosity as fundamental to success. I think we all need a bit of both. 


I am honored to be a part of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) team that focuses on providing educational opportunities to attractions industry professionals around the world. We strive to provide diverse events and programs year-round that inspire professionals to take the next step in their career, enhance their knowledge and skills, and learn from industry experts. 

During the annual IAAPA Expo, we host our largest education conference of the year. For the 2019 event, we will have more than 100 educational experiences that include in-depth learning opportunities such as IAAPA Safety Institute and exclusive EDUTours around Orlando. 

We are thrilled to have Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, as the keynote speaker during the GM and Owners’ Breakfast. Christine will share how our industry plays an ever-increasing role at her company. We also look forward to the session “Game Changer: Creativity is the New Attraction,” featuring Vince Kadlubek, cofounder of the interactive experience-creating multimedia art collective Meow Wolf.

In addition, the “Young Professional: Welcome to the Industry Forum” will be a must-attend event for young professionals who are passionate about the industry. 

While IAAPA Expo is truly our busiest week, IAAPA’s educational work does not stop there. IAAPA members receive complimentary access to all IAAPA webinars all year long. In December, we will host our second virtual IAAPA Safety Institute. The IAAPA Certification program is a great way for members to track their participation in our education programs while also working toward earning professional achievement. If you don’t know about IAAPA Certification, I invite you to learn more today. Please visit

I am honored to help industry professionals further their careers through IAAPA’s education programs. I encourage our members to look to IAAPA and the many ways we can help further their pathway to lifelong learning.