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President's Leadership Symposium - Building the Tools to Lead Our Chapter


Hello fellow marketers! This is Amy Matsumoto, SMPS Seattle's President-Elect. Welcome to my first ever blog post.

I recenly attended the SMPS President's Leadership Symposium (PLS) in Alexandria, Virginia. The goal of PLS was to help prepare all chapter incoming President-Elects for our upcoming role as president. Needless to say, it exceeded all expectations! We shared ideas, brainstormed, and I took enough notes to fill a 75-page spiral ring notebook. SMPS Staff, SMPS Leadership Symposium Committee Members, and the SMPS Board of Directors organized an information-packed three days. Not only did I come away feeling confident about my future role as president, but I also know the SMPS National Staff and Board of Directors are there to assist with resources or advice. By the way, if you haven't already explored the SMPS National website, I encourage you to do so. It offers an enourmous amount of valuable information. The staff are wonderful and always willing to answer any questions you may have.

Back to PLS - Leadership was a hot topic (being a Leadership Symposium and all). I could share the lists we received on how a good leader leads, or what qualities a good leader has, but I'm not going to. Why potentially set myself up for failure?! Kidding! I will tell you my goals for the upcoming year include: working with the SMPS Seattle Board as a team; listening to our membership (you); and communicating with our membership (you). I would also like to enable and support the board and their committees to continue to offer quality programs, educations workshops, and networking events to meet the needs of our membership (you). AND have fun!

Now, don't start thinking, oh my, she really doesn't know what she's getting into; we're doomed. When I was approached to apply for the SMPS Seattle President-Elect position, I thought - holy cow, I am so far away from being a leader, I'm a follower! Then I started thinking. It's all perspective. Everyone is a leader in one capacity or another. The PLS I attended validated that message for me. To get to know me better, here's my self-made leader list: being a mom, playing soccer, volunteering in my role as medical logistics coordinator at Ironman and, in my own way, doing CrossFit. What does you list look like?

If you would like to explore your SMPS leadership potential, we have several opportunities and levels at which you can be involved! It's an enriching experience, both professionally and personally. Please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks for reading and see you soon at an SMPS Seattle event!


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