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Meet Our Board:
From Left to Right:
Liz Fletcher Brown,
Gregg Gregory, CSP,
Dr. Josef Martens,
Treasurer & Immediate Past President
Shelley Row, P.E.,
Dr. Shirley Davis,
06/13/2015 8:30 AM • Pooks Hill Marriott, Bethesda, MD
08/08/2015 8:30 AM • Pooks Hill Marriott, Bethesda, MD
Ian Cook, CSP, MILR
Ian specializes in what he calls “micro leadership,” helping managers lead successfully at the “micro” level–in that vital interpersonal space between the manager and his/her individual employee. He shows managers how to generate strong results through effective conversations with staff around (1) job performance, (2) job satisfaction and motivation, and (3) ongoing development.
He began the independent consulting firm, Fulcrum Associates, Inc., back in 1988, following seventeen years of corporate experience in both the high tech manufacturing and transportation industries. His extensive client list includes some of the largest corporations in the private sector, major trade and professional associations, small business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
Ian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and, from Cornell, a Masters degree in Industrial & Labor Relations, majoring in Human Resources Management, and has been a lecturer in the Faculty of Business of Ryerson University. He is author of: Would They Call You Their Best Boss Ever?: Practical Tips and Insights for the Successful Manager.
Sally Strackbein, CBCP, MBA, NCE
Sally Strackbein is the Chief Story Finder at Defining Story®. She says,
“When you want to be persuasive, tell a story. When you want to be remembered,
tell a story. When you want higher speaking fees, tell a story.”
helps her clients discover and tell the right stories. Her clients range from
people with stage fright to CEOs, professional speakers and business people who
speak to get new clients. In addition to individual coaching, she facilitates
speaking and storytelling workshops on her own and for organizations such as the
She is a member of the National Speakers Association and has
appeared on NBC Nightly News, Fox News, NPR Marketplace, TV 3 Barcelona, and
many other media spots.
WOW! What a fantastic meeting we had this month. You asked to hear from some of NSA-DC's seasoned members, and for more networking opportunities. Our programming team made it happen. From the feedback we got, it was a huge success. Thanks so much to everyone who was involved. We will definitely be looking at other ways to mix up the format of our meetings, and to make them more interactive.
Something else exciting happened at the May meeting. We reached 100 full professional members in NSA-DC. Back in the summer of 2013 when the Board was discussing membership changes, we had 68 professional members and 45 candidates. It was a hard decision to no longer accept candidates in our Chapter, but it was the direction NSA National was moving towards. In 2014 it became part of the National Bylaws and all Chapters had to comply.
There was concern that our meeting numbers would drop, but instead our membership has steadily grown month by month. Attendance at Chapter meetings has increased by 13% in the last 6 months over the same time period the previous year. But even more significant - more professional members are attending meetings (up 30% in the last 6 months over the same time period the previous year). When you include our Chapter Academy Participants and Graduates, our overall numbers have increased by 11% since we made the decision to be a "member only" Chapter (which is significant as we did lose many candidates who did not qualify for membership), and membership is up by a whopping 55%. We are growing - but not just in numbers - also in the number of members engaged in chapter events.
Which brings me to the upcoming National Convention to be held in DC in July. It is my hope that every Chapter member, Chapter Academy Participant and Graduate reaches out to volunteer. Even if you cannot attend the convention, there are many opportunities to get involved. There is more information about how you can support the Chapter's efforts below. For everyone who has already committed to volunteering, a heartfelt "thank you." It's going to be a great convention, and we will be the best host Chapter ever!
Finally, please save the date… Following the August Chapter meeting (which will feature our new National President, Ruby Newell) we will be having a fun, volunteer recognition event. All Chapter volunteers are invited. More details will follow, but I hope you will plan on being there.
And don't forget to celebrate every day!
Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Marriott, Pooks Hill Road Bethesda, Maryland
Registration fees will be increased by $10 beginning on July 1st.
To help offset the increase, a Season Pass may be purchased between now and August 1st which will allow you to attend all ten meetings during the 2015-2016 season (August-June).
The cost for Members is $405 and for Chapter Academy Graduates is $495.
In essence, this will give you one free meeting.