Stepping Down

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.

Ryan Adams
Director, PASS Chapters


Filling Vacant Board Seat

I wanted to share a change to our current Board composition. Ryan Adams has resigned from his role as Director-at Large for the PASS Board and will be joining Microsoft effective January 9, 2017. Ryan’s resignation from the Board will be effective December 31, 2016.

When a Director-at Large seat becomes vacant outside of a standard election cycle, the PASS Bylaws indicate that the Board of Directors may appoint a candidate for up to one year, by a majority vote, to fill the remainder of the term, until it may be added to a general election.

The Executive Committee will be working closely with the Board, our partners, and our community to appoint a director to fill the remainder of Ryan's term. We will have more on that process after our January Board meeting.

Until an appointment has been made, support for our Chapters will be provided by members of the Executive and the team at PASS HQ. Portfolio announcements for all Board positions will be made in the coming weeks.

On behalf of the PASS Board, I want to take this opportunity to personally thank Ryan for his dedication and passion, particularly in his efforts in support of our Chapters and Regional Mentors. He has been an active volunteer, Regional Mentor, Chapter Leader and Speaker at PASS and we are fortunate for his commitment.  We wish him tremendous success in his new role.

Adam Jorgensen

The Civic Technology Movement

PASS is constantly striving to find new opportunities to engage not only within our own community of Data Professionals, but communities around the globe as well. We have recently been introduced to the exciting world of Civic Technology, a relatively new movement of people with technical skills who want to work together, toward the public good. Collaboration is at the core of the movement, where solutions are built to solve important social issues. Examples of this exciting work can already been seen through organizations such as Code for AmericaDataKind, and The Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

We are partnering with Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Innovation Group to host two community sessions about Civic Technology, what's currently being done and how we can get involved to take what we know, use it for social benefit, have fun and make valuable connections along the way.

Interested in learning more? Register for one of two free upcoming webinars with Adam Heckman, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation for Chicago – Microsoft:

Thursday, December 15 at 2:00 pm (Pacific) – hosted by the PASS Excel BI Virtual Chapter

Tuesday, December 20 at 9:00 am (Pacific) – hosted by the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter