First-time attendees of the FPA Experience 2011 annual conference were eager to learn about new events this year centered around the concept of "communities" -- groups of planners of similar ages or specialties. The communities are meant to help attendees glean the most appropriate information for their practices and to better network with their peers.

"This year we decided to do something really different and organize the continuing education tracks around smaller communities of interests, depending on where you are in your careers -- young professionals, portfolio managers, retirement planners," says Evelyn Zohlen, task force chair for the Financial Planning Association's annual conference in San Diego this week, and a planner in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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