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24 Sep, 2020

President's b(log) - September 2020

Jen McGovern

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Hello, SMPS DC!

Last Thursday, we held our Annual Kickoff & Awards Celebration, which served the dual purpose of celebrating our successes from 2019-2020 and looking forward to our plans for 2020-2021.

Part of our 2019-2020 celebration included honoring our New Heights Volunteer Services Award winners, our President’s Award winner, and our Marketing Communications Awards winners. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for helping elevate SMPS DC!


New Heights Volunteer Service Award

  • Career Advancement – Patsy Gordon, CPSM
  • Education – Haley Fisher
  • Membership – Karen Cotton, CPSM, LEED AP
  • Procurement – Joe Monahan, CPSM
  • Special Events and Communications – Laura Petersen


President’s Award

  • Courtney Messick, CPSM – Communications


Marketing Communications Awards

  • Special Event: First Place – Hickok Cole, Art Night 2019
  • Holiday Piece (Digital or Print): First Place – Ayers Saint Gross, Celebrating 2020 with Ayers Saint Gross
  • Project Pursuit: First Place – HGA, Northern Virginia Science Center Interview
  • Video: First Place – HITT Contracting, Work Hard, Stay Humble
  • Social Media Campaign: First Place – Hickok Cole, TOGETHER

Looking ahead to 2020-2021, we shared the results of the annual planning survey. Nearly 20% of our membership weighed in, giving the SMPS DC Board valuable input to consider in planning this year’s program of events. With 76% of respondents reporting that they either felt completely uncomfortable attending in-person events at this time or would only feel comfortable attending with stringent social distancing measures in place. Based on this feedback, we have decided to plan for virtual SMPS DC events through December 2020. At that point, we will send another poll to develop our plan for the second half of the program year.

We also discussed the vision for this year’s SMPS DC programming. In my experience, SMPS is an organization where you get out of it as much as you put into it—and we want to give you lots of opportunities to get involved! From volunteering on committees to attending programs to presenting or authoring articles, we’re here to help make your SMPS DC dreams come true.

In October alone, we’re offering:

If you have ideas for programs or speakers you’d like to hear from, we’re all ears. Let’s make the most of your SMPS DC experience—together!

Jen McGovern, CPSM
SMPS DC President