Celebrating First Time Speakers in the PASS Universe

I’ve long been an advocate of growing more speakers locally, something that turns out to be surprisingly hard to do, at least here in Orlando. This past weekend I was at SQLSaturday Tampa watching the end of day raffle and was interested to hear that one of the winners was also speaking for the first time (Dan King). We should do more to recognize those people, so that they know it matters (and perhaps will continue speaking), and so that the rest of us can see the progress happening (and perhaps connect with our latest peer). The number of first time speakers would be a really nice metric for PASS to track.