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Growing Our Chapter Together

by Amanda Erickson, Sellen Construction, SMPS Seattle President

What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time, I was hesitant but excited to step into the presidential track for our Chapter. I had probably just attended my first board meeting as President-Elect and knew I needed to figure out exactly how I could prepare for this role.

Between then and now, I must have figured something out, because now – as we are nearing the end of my first month as our Chapter President – I’m just excited.

One of the reasons for my excitement is I find myself in a position that everybody knows is the secret to being an effective leader – I am surrounded by people who are better than me in their respective roles. We have a great board of directors this year. They are some of the hardest working people I know and are dedicated to seeing our Chapter succeed. If you haven’t had a chance to meet this year’s board, I urge you to read their blog posts (which I’ve conveniently linked for you below) and introduce yourself at the next SMPS event.

I’m also excited because I believe this year could be a vitalizing one for our Chapter. If you attended the Annual Kick-Off, you already heard my theme for this year: Taking it to the next level. This year, we are going to work together to take everything our chapter offers to a higher, more improved level. Our board will strive to make our Chapter more welcoming, motivating, inspiring, relevant and fun for everyone involved.

But it doesn’t just end with the board – we need your help, too. I challenge all of you to help take our chapter to the next level as well. I challenge you to go to a new event, meet new people, send us your ideas, and just get involved a little bit more this year than you did last year. If we’re going to grow as a chapter it can’t just happen within the board of directors – it has to happen with you, too, so I hope we can grow together.

With that, all I have left to say is cheers to what I know will be a great 2016/2017 SMPS year!

Interested in meeting our Chapter’s 2016/2017 Board of Directors? Check out their blog posts:


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