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Sharing the Aloha Spirit

YOU GUYS. Next week, myself and a few dozen other Seattleites will travel to HAWAII for the Pacific Regional Conference in Honolulu and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED. I’ve never been to Hawaii and if you ask me, it’s about time I get to go.

The really cool thing about it is that SMPS is sending me to represent our chapter! Pretty cool, huh? I’m not trying to make you jealous here, in fact, what I’m trying to do is drop a hint: if you sign up to volunteer for the chapter, you never know what might happen. Maybe you’ll get a free trip to a fabulous tropical destination. Just saying!

One of the things I’m spearheading when I return from PRC, is a brown bag member-only recap for anyone who’s not able to attend. That event will happen on February 26th and it’s free! A handful of PRC attendees will share the highlights of what they learned from the conference, so that even if you didn’t get to attend, you’ll gain some of the wisdom we picked up while we were there. The things we can’t promise to bring back are the beach and 80’ weather, but we’ll try to make it worth your while nonetheless. Let’s call it our attempt to share the Aloha Spirit.

Here’s a bonus bit of intel: Our chapter offers many scholarships to our members – to continue their education, to reimburse their CPSM fees, to join or renew their memberships – and – to attend conferences. We offer several conference scholarships throughout the year, and you can’t win if you don’t apply! The next conference scholarship that you’ll hear about is the Fellows Scholarship, which provides funds to attend the National SMPS conference in August: Build Business. This year it’s in Washington D.C., and I’m sure it’s going to be as fabulous as always. What I’m trying to say here is that you too, could attend a conference on SMPS’s dime.

If it’s not clear yet, SMPS has lots to offer, you just have to be willing to jump in. I’m continually amazed by our chapter and the people who make it all happen, and I’m honored to serve as your humble leader for this part of the journey. So – mahalo and aloha for now - I look forward to seeing many of you in Honolulu, and I hope the rest of you will join me for the brown bag recap.

- Erin Hatch, CPSM, SMPS Seattle President

Erin Hatch is SMPS Seattle’s 2018/2019 chapter President. When she’s not working with the board of directors to keep the chapter humming along, she’s the Marketing Director at Weber Thompson, an interdisciplinary architecture firm in Seattle. You can reach her by email at [email protected]

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