- We were honored to have Jackie Parker, VP, Global Inclusion & Diversity, Corporate Philanthropy for Newell Rubbermaid, here with us on November 24 to do some strategic planning with our Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Jackie led us through a review of our current work and official documents and then worked with the committee to set goals and strategies for FY11 and FY12 that will help us rise to the Vision 2020 goals as well.
- The Alumni Coordinating Committee met here in Leesburg, November 13-15, along with staff. I joined them on the second day for strategic planning. Plans are in place for travel and support at state conferences as well as the national conference, and the committee has a new strategic plan with SMART objectives.
- Staff took the alumni strategic plan up to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and Air Products has pledged continuing support for the alumni. They’re also working to engage SkillsUSA in the local community college. Staff reported that Air Products is a new model for how SkillsUSA can become known and supported throughout a company and cited particularly the work of Laurie Gostley-Hackett in intra-corporate communications as well as Lynn Scheitrum and Stacey Halliday.
- We had a staff meeting on November 17. It’s always impressive to hear how much this organization is doing. And, staff had a Thanksgiving luncheon with a potluck dimension and a lot of turkey on November 16. It was perfect: a vision of Thanksgiving leftovers before there were real Thanksgiving leftovers.
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