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The Path to SMPS Leadership

It takes one heck of a village to run our chapter – the board, our committees, our volunteers – they keep everything rolling along smoothly. Now that we’ve entered the mid-point of the SMPS year, this is more clear than ever.

So on that note – I’d like to take a minute, just stop right there, to tell you how I became the prezzie of this SMPS chapter. Actually I’m kidding, I’m not going to channel my inner Fresh Prince to give you my personal history. But I will say that it happened fast – and it could for you too!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Get involved as a volunteer. Our committees are always in need of folks who can contribute their time and skills to help out. There’s lots to be done! Even if you’ve only got a few hours a month, we can find a place to put your skills to work.
  2. Once you’re on a committee, step up to be a Chair! We have dozens of – let’s call them VIP volunteers – who raise their hand to take on an elevated role within the chapter. They help us plan big events, find luncheon speakers, keep the blog humming along (thanks Emmy!) and many other tasks. Plus, it’s a great resume builder (Yes you can put that position on your resume and LinkedIn profile!)
  3. If you’re giving your time to the chapter and can’t get enough, apply to be on the board. That’s right – any SMPS Seattle member can submit a nomination form. It’s that easy! A nominations committee is assembled in late spring (which you can also volunteer for), and this committee receives and reviews the applications, submits a slate of candidates to the board, and the board submits that slate to the membership to vote.
  4. Once you’re on the board for a year or more, you’re eligible to become President. Again, it’s open to any SMPS Seattle member, if you follow the right steps! Serving as your chapter president has been one of the most challenging, but also most rewarding experiences of my life – and we’re only half way through the fun! I can’t wait to see where this path takes me, and I can’t wait to see where we go in the future under the guidance of Heidi Maki and our other future chapter presidents.

We’ve got lots in store over the second half of this SMPS ‘year’ – which runs through August. Coming up we have a Fellows Forum on April 4th, our next Trivia Night is on April 18th (we’re calling it ‘Trivia Night X’) because it’s the 10th one we’ve offered!) and we’re offering the always popular AEC Marketing 101 series in May.

In June we’ll all gather at the Georgetown Ballroom to celebrate marketing and communications excellence in our region’s AEC firms at the annual Reign Awards Gala. This year the event will be bigger and better than ever – thanks to a whole team of volunteers, Hansen Belyea’s excellent graphic touch, and printing support from Copiers Northwest. We’re in the midst of soliciting award entries and additional sponsors – both offer great opportunities to get your firm or business in front of our region’s premier marketers and firm leaders. 

I hope to see you at one of our many upcoming chapter events, and who knows, maybe your name will be on the board of directors’ ballot later this year?

     –   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 ehatch@weberthompson.com

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