Welcome to IAEE Washington D.C. Chapter
Greetings from the Chair
Welcome to the IAEE DC Chapter Website!
Happy 2014! I am proud and excited to lead our terrific chapter this year, and I thank you for allowing me this opportunity.
I don’t make New Years’ resolutions, primarily because I know I will break them, but also because I believe it’s better to take a step back and recalibrate (if necessary) many times throughout the year. However, I do like thinking about goals…whether it’s getting out of bed tomorrow morning to eek out a paltry 20-minute workout or the always-popular “where do I want to be in five years?” I may not have the answer to either question for you today, but I will tell you my goal as Chair this year: engagement.
Over the past 12 years of being involved with IAEE, and specifically the DC Chapter, I’ve often been inspired by the level of commitment from our fellow members. We have our day jobs (which often take us into the night) and our personal lives, and yet, so many find ways…both large and small…to show their commitment and engagement in our industry. From volunteering at the food bank or helping out at a Chapter luncheon to more formal activities such as serving on a committee or running for a position on the Board, there is a plethora of ways to get engaged.
When IAEE changed the membership structure to being organization-based, it opened up opportunities for members of your company or association to take advantage of the terrific resources IAEE offers. Do you know who’s a member from your organization? For that matter…do THEY know they are a member? Are they aware of the ways they can enhance their skill set through insightful articles, commenting on a MemberLink discussion, or volunteering for the Mentor Match program? IAEE and the DC Chapter are not just about happy hours and receptions (although these are a nice perk!), there are countless learning opportunities, ways to give back to the community, and networking to share best practices and ideas.
Every year the Chapter offers scholarships for CEM classes and to attend Expo! Expo! This year I’m looking forward to seeing applicants who have really been engaged with our chapter and fellow members. Joining one of our committees is an easy way to get your feet wet. I will be encouraging my fellow board members to more fully engage their committee members, so everyone feels involved. Contact Vice-Chair, Andy Ortale, for more information or just complete the volunteer form on our chapter website.
I understand not everyone can or wants to give the commitment to a committee, so engage me! Tell me what would make you get more involved with IAEE. What are you looking for? What ideas do you have for member engagement? What more can we do or what have we missed out on doing? E-mail me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, last but certainly not least, I’d like to extend my deepest heartfelt thanks to my fellow board members, many of whom are returning to board duty: Debbie Langelier, Andy Ortale, Dede Walsh, Bill McGlade, B. Murphy, Mary Higham, Ronnie Schaer, and Donna Johnson. I’d also like to extend a special welcome (and welcome back) to Charlie Robinson and Paula Herz.
I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the year and let’s make 2014 a great year for everyone!
Karen P. Miller, CEM
Chair, 2014 Washington, DC Chapter Board
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DC Chapter Luncheon
WHEN: January 9, 2015
WHERE: Clydes of Gallery Place | Washington, DC
REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON
DC Chapter Luncheon
WHEN: February 13, 2015
Interested in writing an article for an upcoming issue of Showbuzz in 2014? Please contact Donna Johnson