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ISSA International President Candy Alexander

With Persistence Comes Rewards!

In the campaign goals I expressed when running for office this past summer, I spoke of my desire to bring stability, focus, and direction back to our Association. I am so happy to say, after a lot of work, we have taken the first steps in setting the foundation for that goal.

The International Board has just completed the business planning cycle by defining the strategic goals for 2019 and an operations plan that describes how the goals will be achieved, with a lot of emphasis on members and chapters. You will be seeing some exciting changes in the coming months designed to improve services and provide expanded value for your membership.

There will be a shift from our past support models. In 2019, there will be more responsibility and accountability afforded to our Executive Director to concentrate on improving member and chapter experience through strengthening our existing services with a focus on quality and member/chapter satisfaction.

Our support staff will be looking at ways to incorporate new and fresh approaches in our delivery of services, including strengthening our infrastructure for chapter support. This needs to be accomplished in partnership with our chapters, and one way of doing so is chapter leaders providing feedback to our Executive Director as to what is and isn’t working.

There has been a concentrated effort this past year to respond to chapter feedback and resolve issues. Currently that only works for those chapters that speak up. Our support staff have been tasked with identifying “chapters at risk” and to proactively reach out to them to begin working through any potential issues. It is this type of minor change in our support approach that will help all our chapters to remain healthy and grow.

With the shift in having more responsibility and accountability of our support staff with true board oversight, it leaves the International Board opportunities to focus on reinvesting intellectually in our Association through identifying new services and benefits.

As mentioned in my letter last month, there are several new committees that have been identified and will provide YOU the opportunity to get involved. A call to action was recently made announcing the “Emerging Technologies Global Watch” task force, led by International Director Ken Dunham. This is an exciting task force that will provide thought leadership and member awareness of emerging technologies that are likely to change the global status quo. If you’re a member of the ISSA and like to follow/research new technologies, then consider joining the task force! Contact Ken Dunham if you are interested or want to learn more.

Other planned task forces include Global Industries (health care, automobiles, manufacturing, government, etc.) and Regulatory, Standards & Practices (providing ISSA collaborative public comment to standards such as NIST, IEEE, ISO, etc.). If any of these are of interest to you, contact Member Services.

These are but a glimpse of the new items we have planned. I hope you agree that we are at an extremely exciting point of time in the history of the ISSA. The possibilities are endless and only limited by our imaginations and innovation.

Candy Alexander, CISSP, CISM

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