President’s Message: Leah Jaramillo

Another annual general meeting is in the books. These meetings are always a nice way to review the progress we’ve made as an organization and an industry in the past year, as well as to answer questions and receive feedback from members. IAP2 USA continues to grow, (with membership now over 1,200), offer new programs and services and host wonderful events. In case you missed them, we had an outstanding skills symposium in San Diego last February and a stellar conference in Denver in September. In between, we launched four new online trainings and have had a series of fun and informative webinars, not to mention all the chapter meet-ups, events and conferences.

Through our general member survey, we’ve confirmed that the organization is providing the things our members need including professional development and networking opportunities. We’ve updated our 2018-2020 strategic plan based on those ideas and will be working to support existing local chapters and a series of new chapters popping up on the east coast, in Texas and California.

As you know, the need for good public participation continues to grow across the US and the world. To help our members and partners, IAP2 USA is launching the Ambassador Program. This program will develop Ambassadors to advocate for good P2 in the US and provide them with the collateral, presentations and other materials needed to help decision-makers and process owners understand how good P2 will benefit their processes, organizations and the public. Interested? See more below.

IAP2 USA is not alone in advocating for the practice. We are pleased to support an international IAP2 effort to partner with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). IAP2 will be represented by Leanne Hartill (Australasia), Aldi Muhammad Alizar (Indonesia) at the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York in July, giving us an opportunity to build our profile in this important international setting. Stay tuned as there will be further opportunities for members to be involved as this initiative grows.

John Poynton and Jay Vincent, IAP2 USA Board Members and US Federation Representatives, just returned from the IAP2 Federation meeting in Durban, South Africa where representatives from the international affiliates shared updates from their respective regions and worked face-to-face on ways we can continue to support the organization internationally. Specifically, the group focused on advocating for the practice of good P2, developing ways to support emerging practice and developing and maintaining quality trainings, products and services to IAP2 members and partners around the world.

Back home, the need for the public to get engaged continues to grow. We know you are out there doing the good work, and encourage you to continue sharing your best practices, lessons learned and quality projects with your peers by getting engaged with us on social media. We’re launching some new programming and are always happy to share your content. Also, we hope you are planning to attend the 2018 North American Conference in Victoria, BC, September 6-8. Registration is open and the early bird rate is available through the end of June.

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