The Season of Giving: How to Give Back to Your Association and Colleagues

by Kathleen Powell, NACE President

It’s that time of year: The postal service is delivering solicitations from your favorite charities, which ask that you give back to your community and causes. In the spirit of the holidays, I’m asking that you think about an easy way to give back to your professional community—NACE—by updating your profile in MyNACE.

It’s free, it’s easy, and, quite candidly, I’m eager to see your faces! Yes, I did it (completed my profile, including a photo) and hope you will, too.  I’m asking you to not only upload your photo to your profile (available through MyNACE) , but also to check your profile to make sure the information is accurate and provide missing information.

Why is this important? There are more than 11,000 members in our community, and I have a goal of getting to know as many of you as humanly possible. The best way for me to know you and know more about you is to put a name and a face together.

Beyond that face-name connection, any demographic information you provide, including gender and race/ethnicity (optional, of course!), will help us gain a better understanding of who we are, and that will help us better plan for addressing your needs through products, services, and professional development offerings.

In the spirit of the season—being grateful for those around us and wanting to give back, whether it be to colleagues, co-workers, friends, and family—I’m hoping your practice will be to give back to your professional community and update your profile information.

Do we need a thermometer to gauge our success or a challenge to showcase results?  I’m not certain of either of those ideas (although my personal goal is to get 100 percent in 100 days!).  What I am certain about is your dedication and commitment to our profession and to NACE as your association. Our association runs on our membership: Members raise their hands to serve on committees, present at conferences, serve on panels, attend roundtables, blog, participate in professional development, and so much more. I ask that you “raise your hand” one more time by updating your profile.

In closing, I want to express my gratitude to you for the work you do and the support you give NACE.

Kathleen PowellKathleen Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development, College of William & Mary
2016-17 NACE President
Twitter: @powellka
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kathleenipowell/

 

 

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