I've been thinking quite a bit about SND lately. Someone nominated me for SND secretary/treasurer, the first step on the organization's leadership ladder.
And so, while pondering whether or not to run for SND office, two questions kept coming up:
1) Do you still believe in the organization, and 2) why?
The answer to the first question is an easy "yes". In truth, more than ever.
The second is more slippery. It's pretty clear that some people think professional societies such as SND are a bit anachronistic. Others hold that SND is an organization teetering on -- or perhaps over -- the edge of its usefulness. Still others don't think they get enough value out of being a member. So why would I still hold it in such high regard, and think engagement more important than ever?
In my early years with SND, I'd go to the annual conference, lugging around a portfolio full of tearsheets. "Ask etting advice from people with ten times the talent. Any one of them could have told me to take a walk. They didn't. Instead, they spent time teaching, challenging,
It's a privilege to run against quality candidates Gabi Schmidt and Mike Rice. In truth, any of the three of us would serve SND and the membership well.
That's why I'm not asking you to vote for me.
But I am asking you to vote.
A professional society