Dear Chapter Presidents,
It is my pleasure to serve as President of National BDPA. I look forward to working with all Chapter presidents to execute our strategy and ensure that NBPDA delivers value to our stakeholders.
NBDPA could not exist without the partnership and collaboration of its Chapter presidents. Your role is critical and you are the dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours leading our members, performing many tasks and wearing multiple hats.
With that in mind, it is important to maintain focus and truly represent the Chapter to the best of your abilities. In no way should you have to participate in every aspect of operations, nor work endless hours while the general membership reaps the rewards of your hard work and efforts. On the contrary, you must learn that only a with a team effort can the Chapter become successful and live up to the vision of developing IT professionals "from the classroom to the boardroom”.
As the president, you assume many responsibilities that extend beyond the basic operations of a Chapter. The members, corporate sponsors, and the national board of directors all look to you for strength and stability within the Chapter. It is very important for you to utilize your role as a lead communicator for these groups and use them as resources for information and guidance. People will look to you as the premier example of what BDPA represents in your city. Your actions will have a direct effect on the image of your Chapter.
Aside from the many expectations and responsibilities of the Chapter president, your position can be one of the most rewarding. You are now in a position to directly impact the Chapter's performance and future. You can be a catalyst for positive change, as well as provide direction so that your Chapter can benefit and prosper with the lasting legacy you leave behind.
As Chapter president, what are you expected to do?
- support, uphold and adhere to chapter and national by-laws and guidelines
- oversee chapter operations and general membership
- promote and sustain positive relationships with the local community
- represent the chapter on a regular basis with members, sponsors and community
- conduct a successful transition with your successor
While serving as Chapter president, you will work with many diverse groups within and outside of your Chapter. Your role involves maintaining constant communication with members of BDPA and individuals who assist the Chapter on a regular basis. Maintaining these crucial relationships is the foundation for developing a successful Chapter and the ideal BDPA experience.
Hopefully, you will take this opportunity to grow personally and professionally by:
- making an impact and assisting in the development of your Chapter and the IT profession
- being recognized as a leader in the field of information technology and your community
- counting the hours spent as a volunteer leader toward re-certification hours for PMI
- being part of an organization that gives back to the community
- assisting other members with their professional development
- developing your organizational and networking skills
- developing personal relationships with local corporate leaders
Over the next few weeks, I will be calling each of you. I will also connect with each of you on the National BDPA website. I hope you will visit the National BDPA website often. Use the Contact Us feature to let us know if you have ideas or suggestions that will make the BDPA services even more valuable to you.
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of NBDPA!
Monique F. Berry
President, National BDPA