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Steering Committee Recap

Greetings WID Community-

We’d like to thank everyone who attended last week’s Steering Committee Meeting.  We appreciate the energy and incredible effort that so many of you have put into WID over the years, and it’s such a rewarding experience to see everyone at the table celebrating our successes and planning for a new year!  To provide a quick recap for those of you who weren’t able to attend, WID had an incredibly productive 2017. Among our many established efforts - Educational Series, WID Wednesdays, ABx Symposium, WID Award of Excellence - we were able to expand with the following initiatives:

Mentorship:

We piloted several programs focused on mid-career professionals, which we felt were under-supported by established programming.  Through a very engaged collaboration with Women’s Principals Group, we were able to pilot programming that provided one-on-one, peer-to-peer, and peer-group mentoring.  Stats on the successes and growth of each effort will be detailed over the next year, so be on the lookout for opportunities to join in!

Education and Recognition:

We have bolstered two of our key events with more focused attention to their broader learning outcomes.  Our mid-year event has a targeted focus on wellness, with programming that serves the whole person - professionally, mentally, physically.  Our end-of-year holiday event partnered with IALD to showcase the work of artists within our own community.   This allowed us to celebrate the talent around us while raising money for charity.

Research:

We have initiated a research initiative to look comprehensively at the subject of policies & equity within the workplace.  To date, we are developing survey that we hope to launch this spring that seeks to understand the current conditions in and around Boston, which will be the foundation for creating a resource for professionals and offices who seek to develop more comprehensive and equitable working environments.  Anyone interested in joining this research initiative - either on your own or through an allied group - please reach out to us and we can connect you to the group.

WID Organization:

With all of this progress we’ve made, the time has come to focus some attention on the broader WID organization. Therefore, WID Leadership has taken the past few months to step back and look comprehensively at our structure - our support systems, objectives, sub-committees, and programming - in order to develop a more comprehensive picture of who we are, what we do, and how we do it.  A draft of that organizational structure is in the attachment, which has been developed in collaboration with the sub-committees.  Our goal is to refine this over the course of this year so that we can leave 2018 with a sustainable system for growth and action!

As always, we’d love to get even more of you involved! Attached is a list of contacts for the various sub-committees, or you can reach out to us and we can make some recommendations. We’d also love to get several women with a particular interest in marketing/branding to help us establish graphic standards and help us synthesize the many things we do into marketable material.  If this sounds of interest please email us and we’ll give you all the detail.

Thank you again for a strong start to the year, and please reach out to us if you have any questions or suggestions. We look forward to 2018!

Best,

Kelly & Elen, WID Leadership Co-Chairs

khaigh@designlabarch.com

ezurabyan@payette.com

 

Draft Organizational Chart below and can be downloded from the attachment.

 

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