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    President’s Message – February 2021

    It’s hard to believe we are already at the halfway point of the SMPS SFBAC board year, but February brings us to mid-year. The board will be having a mid-year (virtual) retreat in early March to review our goals, celebrate our successes, and think about what needs to be done in the next six months.

    Mid-year is also the time of year when our President-Elect begins to think about the next board year. Shannon Daggett will attend the Chapter Leadership Symposium (along with other President-Elects from around the country) in early April and then begin to get ready for a strategic planning session for the 2021-2022 board year. She will also be issuing a call for nominations for open board positions – so if you are a current volunteer and interested in joining the board, please reach out to Shannon for more information. If you are not a volunteer, we still have volunteer opportunities available! Please get in touch with any board member for more information.

    Welcome 2021 Sponsors
    We launch the new year with a huge thank-you to our 2021 sponsors. Your generous sponsorship allows our non-profit organization to offer educational programs, networking events, and career development programs that directly affect all of our members. Thank you so very much!

    CPSM Study Group
    Did you know that CPSMs on average make 30% more than those who don’t have the certification? Is 2021 the year you take the next step in your career? Join us on February 9th for our 2021 CPSM Study Group kick-off, which will be hosted jointly by the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Chapters.

    Taste of SMPS
    Are you a new or prospective member looking for more information on your membership benefits and how you can get involved? Please join us for our Taste of SMPS virtual meeting at 12pm on Thursday, February 11, to learn more and to meet representatives from the SMPS SFBAC Board of Directors.

    Members-Only Events
    We’re excited to announce that our members only Motivational Mondays will be starting up again this month. Our members-only virtual happy hours will now be quarterly and kick-off in March. Keep an eye on our calendar and weekly emails for dates and registration information as those get scheduled. If you are a 2021 sponsor and would like to host a member event, please reach out to Melissa Glickman or Jillian Grabenstein.

    While 2021 hasn’t yet been much better than 2020, I feel a glimmer of hope in the air and better days coming soon. In the meantime, stay safe, be kind to each other, and please get in touch if I can help in any way.

    Thank you,

    Allison Halvorson, CPSM
    Communications Manager, McMillen Jacobs Associates
    [email protected]
    President, SMPS SF Bay Area Chapter


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