I have worked for the same employer for almost 19 years and have decided that it’s time to take on a new challenge. I accepted a job with Microsoft and will start on January 9. It’s an opportunity that I am over the moon about and it was a perfect fit for myself and my family. This change means that I will have to step down from my position on the PASS Board of Directors, effective December 31. You can read this post from Adam Jorgensen on the replacement and transition process.
I want to thank everyone that has supported me on this amazing journey serving on the PASS board. There are too many names to list, including PASS members, the team at HQ and my fellow board members. That’s exactly what our community is about! I have learned a tremendous amount being on the board which is something anyone thinking about running for the board should also take into consideration. You learn skills and ways of thinking that you do not traditionally learn as an IT technologist.
Before I leave, I want to provide an update on our progress since I took this seat on the board 1 year ago.
Since January 1, 2016 we have on-boarded 17 new chapters. Since June 30, 2016 we have seen LATAM grow by 16%, EMEA by 33%, APAC by 13%, and US/Canada by 11%. Our goal for the fiscal year, of which we are only 6 months into, is 10% growth for APAC and US/Canada and 15% for LATAM and EMEA. As you can see, we are well ahead of the game. What’s even more exciting is the different types of chapters like those dedicated to Power BI and we even have a new one in Los Angeles, CA that is a Korean language based group. To top it off, Chapters brought 256 first-timers to the 2016 PASS Summit.
We also committed to increasing communications with our chapters by holding quarterly meetings between our chapter leaders and the Director of Chapters. We held calls every quarter and had the last quarterly meeting in person at PASS Summit 2016. We also started a Slack channel where Regional Mentors and Chapter Leaders can create their own groups.
As we look to increase PASS membership and help our chapters increase their local membership, I’ve had a project to help chapters market their meetings easier. I wrote this blog post several years ago that shows how time consuming the process can be. What we have done (PASS HQ IT) is create an RSS feed containing new meetings posted in the chapter dashboard. Chapter leaders can use the IFTTT website to create applets that can automatically post their meetings to social media when they post a new meeting. PASS HQ is working on putting together documentation for chapter leaders on how they can set this up for themselves.
I have been honored to serve our community as a Director and I thank you for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to seeing what PASS accomplishes in the future.
Director, PASS Chapters