PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Heroes, Hurricanes and Happy Endings

Catherine Smith, CP3A good story has a setting with a hero on a quest. There are challenges, choices and consequences. With those, other heroes arrive, change happens, and a new reality takes shape. Fade to a perfect sunset, and the story is complete.

As it happens, we have such a story.

It starts in 2017 over a bowl of fresh pasta in a little Italian restaurant in downtown San Diego. It was there where our newly elected Board Member, Traci Ethridge, shared her quest to hold for the first time in IAP2 USA history a North American conference on the east coast in her hometown of Charlotte. She shared there was energy happening there and that IAP2 could be the home for that energy. She brought the idea to the Board and they agreed, it was time to go east.

Message from the President: Good People

Catherine Smith, President

I’m sitting at my desk and looking at a list of our new members. Their addresses send me on a small and temporary road trip to travel coast-to-coast and border-to-border. They are in: Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Gainesville, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; Golden and Boulder, Colorado; Scottsdale, Arizona; Beaverton and Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington.

This organization and its values are forces that truly unite us across our country.

These new members, along with our existing ones, have found a home here. For the past five years that home has been taken care of by Amelia Shaw, our Executive Manager. Most days, my email inbox shows a message sent from her at 5:30 am or so from her desk, which is in the middle of a beautiful place that she shares with husband, Drew, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. That 5:30 am email lets me know that she’s there among the forest and flowers doing the work of the organization to make it a welcoming home for each and everyone one of us.

Strong and Getting Stronger

Cathy Smith“Strong” is a word we hear often. Sometimes, it’s a word that mobilizes communities that are recovering from disaster; other times, it’s simply a concept that just make sense. When I open my favorite book, the thesaurus, the index for the “strong” shows that it relates to words like these: energetic, great, influential, robust, substantial, tough. Good words.

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.

President’s Message – Leah Jaramillo

Greetings from Austin!

I am writing to you from the AUX tarmac after nearly a week of training and fun at the IAP2 USA Board face to face meeting. Following the 2018 Skills Symposium, your board of directors welcomed two new members – Traci Etheridge and Gwen Happ – and buckled down to address priorities for 2018. Among them are: maintaining our existing member services; ensuring our services, costs and fees align; focusing on chapter support and planning for the future. It was a whirlwind of work, but we are excited to be here and ready to get down to the details. On a personal note, I was honored to be confirmed to my third term as board President and appreciate the support of each of our directors and staff in helping to move the organization forward. 

Year End President’s Message

As we reflect on the things we are thankful for, IAP2 USA would like to thank its members for regularly providing input and feedback on the services and programs we provide. You are taking the surveys, filling out evaluations, sharing social media posts and emailing suggestions. So, thank you for being engaged and communicating with us regularly!

The feedback you have provided through the membership survey, conference and program evaluations and via individual comments have been reviewed and incorporated into the updated IAP2 USA Strategic Plan (2018-2020). We are pleased to report that significant progress has been made since the creation of the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan and we continue to advocate for best practices in public participation, for the professionalization of the field and remain the organization of choice for good P2.

Message from the President: Leah Jaramillo

A big round of applause for IAP2 USA’s conference committee and staff for executing an outstanding North American Conference in Denver earlier this month! Thanks to those of you who were there and contributed to IAP2 USA’s goal of Pursuing the Greater Good – P2 For a Changing World. In addition to nearly 40 sessions, this conference introduced the pathway concept – where participants took a deep dive into special topics and worked together to develop some output.  Results include an Encyclopedia of Positive Questions – using an appreciative inquiry approach to reframe questions; planned international extension of the IAP2 USA National Dialogue on Conflict’s impact on P2 and an associated white paper, website and resource bank to help practitioners manage conflict and division in our processes. I truly appreciate those of you who waded into the deep end with us.

The Core Values Awards Gala was truly inspirational and the IAP2 USA and Canada award winners truly exemplified what we stand for as a practice and organization. From engaging kids against domestic violence in the Yukon to working with a community to provide a health center that meets multiple needs in Denver, these award winners are truly making a difference in their communities by implementing public participation processes that are strategic, engaging stakeholders across the spectrum of participation and inspire us all.  Thanks to our judges and applicants for truly embodying the spirit of IAP2!