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10 Jan, 2017

President's (b)Log: January

Laura Ewan

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Happy New Year, SMPS DC, and welcome to 2017! I hope you all enjoyed a few quiet weeks at the end of December to relax, spend time with family and friends, and reflect on all that you accomplished in 2016. Because if your office is anything like mine, now that it’s January, IT'S GO TIME!

I love the start of a new year because, frankly, I’m an optimist, and a new year brings with it a lot of promise. Promise of positive change and personal improvement, of new healthy habits and finally getting our priorities straight. At the beginning of a new year, everyone’s an optimist, and (for at least a few weeks) we tackle our resolutions with inspiring energy and commitment. My personal resolutions are exactly what anyone who’s met me would expect them to be – overly ambitious, constantly changing, and (like most people’s) somewhat short-lived. But, ever the optimist, I make them anyway, and am proud to say that I’m two weeks into the new year and still going strong. How about that? A new record!

In December’s post I talked a lot about reflection, and taking time to look back at how far you’ve come. This month, in the spirit of resolutions, it seems only fitting to look forward, and focus on where it is that you want to go next – and no matter where that is, SMPS DC is here to help you get there.

This upcoming Monday marks the final registration deadline for this year’s CPSM Bootcamp. I know I’m a little biased, but if you’ve ever considered getting your CPSM, this Bootcamp is the way to do it. It’s never too early or late in your career to pursue certification, and Bootcamp leaders and fellow CPSMs Amy Cuddy, Kim Metzinger and Jen McGovern will be with you every step of the way – leading a blend of webinar and in-person sessions designed to help you retain information, stay focused, and show that exam who’s boss.

For those of you who already hold the CPSM designation, mark your calendars for our On the Road to Fellow Recognition program scheduled for February 15th. President-Elect Pipper Mosley will be leading a panel discussion with SMPS Fellows Susan Merrigan and Andrew Weinberg, who will be sharing personal experiences, words of advice, and insight on pursuing the Fellow designation, and how it can take your career to the next level.

Outside of these two exciting initiatives, we have a full slate of programs scheduled over the next six months to help you embrace this year’s theme of Connectivity – and find new opportunities to push your career, your firm, and this industry forward. Check out the SMPS DC website and stay tuned for our weekly emails for the latest program announcements and updates.

This year is lining up to be an eventful year for the chapter, and DC in general. And though the future may seem more unclear than usual this particular January, the optimist in me is tackling 2017 with the same renewed energy and commitment I try to bring every year. So go ahead and set those resolutions, and let us know what SMPS DC can do to help you keep them. The old cliché is true – you’ll never get “there” if you don’t know where “there” is. Think about the positive change that you want to bring to your life, your community, and your career, and get to work setting some goals. Your 2018 self will thank you.

Laura Ewan
President, SMPS DC