Our last chapter event of 2018 just wrapped up, so before things wind down for the holidays, and before the baton is officially passed to incoming 2019 Chapter President LaShaun Solomon, I wanted to take moment to thank you all for this amazing year.
I have been privileged to work with the Southeast board of directors, a team of 31 dedicated industry professionals who give their time and talents to help fulfill WICT’s mission. Working alongside the board is our army of passionate volunteers. You may have read a blog post one wrote, or been greeted by another when arriving at an event. And there’s the folks who help behind the scenes ordering the catering, booking a speaker, organizing a judging panel and many others who contributed to the success of this year’s 16 in-person or virtual leadership development programs, five membership events, mentoring programs for students and professionals, and a celebration of the 2018 Red Letter honorees.
I am grateful for our generous sponsors and corporate champions. Their financial support keeps our leadership training and mentoring programs free for members, and their executives provide us with inspiring panelists, mentors, and support for participation in WICT by our most valuable asset – nearly 1200 members who are the lifeblood of this organization.
Our chapter has seen its share of the disruption and transition occurring in our industry. For those who have been affected, I urge you to stay connected and involved with WICT. You are not alone. Now more than ever we need our professional network, and WICT Southeast member companies represent many different facets of this ever-evolving industry.
It has been an honor to serve as President of this chapter and it’s been a gift to meet and talk with so many of you as I’ve traveled throughout our region. While I joke that I’m moving into semi-retirement on the board, I hope to see you at an upcoming WICT Southeast event.
With much gratitude and appreciation,
2018 WICT Southeast President