Laura Ewan

10 Aug, 2017

President’s (b)Log: August

Laura Ewan

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This is it – we made it! The end of another big year for SMPS DC. As my term as Chapter President comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to say a few words of thanks.

Looking Back

Around this time last year, your 2016-2017 Board of Directors gathered for the first time as a group at our annual strategic planning session, breaking the ice with an exercise called “What’s Your Superpower?” As I reflected on the past year in preparation for this post, I went in search of superhero quotes to bring us full circle. An obvious choice is Uncle Ben’s “with great power comes great responsibility,” from Spiderman. But then I found this one from Batman, said by Commissioner James Gordon:

“You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times, it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible even. But it will matter just the same.”

A lot of the work that goes on to make this chapter what it is happens behind the scenes. Board members and our army of dedicated volunteers taking time away from work, friends, and family to attend strategic planning sessions, complete event forms and budgets, brainstorm program topics and coordinate with speakers, attend countless conference calls, and keep up with hundreds of emails and Slack messages. A lot of very small things that add up to a very big impact.

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The 2016-2017 SMPS DC Board of Directors at this year's Summer Celebration. From left to right: Pipper Mosley CPSM, Carol Duke, Katie Garrett, Laura Ewan CPSM, Mary Noonan CPSM, Michael Knowles CPSM, Seth Takoch, Alex Hallheimer, Debbie Chen, Amy Cuddy CPSM, Melissa Blum, and Melissa Hollinshead. Not pictured: Ashley Campbell, Justin Jacobs, Stacey Minott Hardy, and Tom Strandberg.

It’s been my pleasure to work alongside each and every one of them this year to bring our collective vision for SMPS DC to life. Thank you for all of your efforts, big and small, to invest in SMPS, this chapter, and our members. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of superheroes to share this journey with, and I’m extremely proud of all that we’ve accomplished together.

Looking Forward

While August marks the close of our 2016-2017 program calendar, it is also the beginning of a brand new era for our chapter. Next week, we will be launching the new and improved SMPSDC.org – a completely revamped chapter website that celebrates our members, and helps connect you with the tools, resources, and programs you need to drive your career and your firm forward. It has been a true labor of love, and we can’t wait to share it with you. The website launch will be followed by a much-needed update to all of our communications channels, including email, social media, and print expected to be complete later this fall.

More importantly, this September we kickoff a year-long celebration of SMPS DC’s 35thanniversary, starting with our annual kickoff event, Our Future’s So Bright, hosted by incoming President Pipper Mosely on September 12 at the beautiful DNV Rooftop Bar. Our Special Events committee is hard at work pulling together a memorable evening that you will not want to miss. Register today to reserve your spot, and then brush up on your SMPS DC and 80’s trivia, cause we’re gonna party like its 1982.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of SMPS DC, and I can’t wait to see what this next year – not to mention the next 35 – brings for our chapter. My parting advice to you? Get involved now. I speak from experience when I say that the more you give to this amazing organization, the more you get from it. SMPS can change the course of your career, introduce you to lifelong friends, and provide you a platform to make a real difference. If you don’t know where to start, just ask. You never know where it will take you.

It has been my honor to serve as your Chapter President this year, and I look forward to supporting our incoming 2017-2018 board as they continue to dream big for SMPS DC.

Laura Ewan
President, SMPS DC