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Creating an Environment of Learning, Collaboration, and Inclusion

By: Nichole Petersen

A successful future is built by learning from our past. This is true in any sense – historically, professionally, and personally. We cannot create a future without knowing what we want, and more importantly, what we don’t want.

My goal over the next year is to create an environment for SMPS CT members and our Connecticut AEC community where learning, collaboration and inclusion are at the forefront. Through the leadership of the 2018-2019 SMPS CT president, Samantha VanSchoick, and through the hard work of our board and committees, we were able to implement a 3-year strategic plan (2018-2021).

This plan offered me the foundation to expand last year’s goals and develop new ones for this year. Again, with the help of our past, current and future board, committees, and members we had a successful strategic planning session this past June and have developed many initiatives to help us create the environment and culture I envision for SMPS CT.

I am happy to share a few of those initiatives with you.

The 2019-2020 Strategic Planning Retreat was both fun and productive!

Diversity & Inclusion

  • Create a membership of more marketing and technical professionals from minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, historically underutilized and small businesses in CT
  • Expand geographical reach to all sections of the state

For more information please read our #MemberMonday blog post.

Talent/Volunteer Development

  • Create a volunteer opportunity job bank
  • Initiate a student outreach program
  • Volunteer appreciation event
  • Sponsor the President Elect and Programs Committee Chair to attend the Society’s Presidential Leadership Symposium

Website & Communication Design Improvements

  • Develop new navigation menu
  • Update content copy

Please check out the progress!

Increased Collaboration with other Industry Organizations

  • We’re exhibiting at AIA CT’s CACX conference today
  • Collaborating sponsors for the Win More Work Summit
  • Help promote other industry organizations programs and events

Advocacy Campaign Centered Around Our Mission/Vision

  • Do I even need to say it? #SMPSCT week!
  • Utilize the footage from our member video for more promotional activities
  • Show us your notes


Fun fact: my first strategic planning experience with SMPS CT was in 2014 with Carolyn Bligh as the incoming president

These are a small fraction of our complete initiative listing. As you can see, we have a busy year ahead of us!

Whether you’re a marketing, admin, engineer, architect or anything in between, I challenge you to start building a successful professional future. That future starts with SMPS CT. Feel free to contact me to continue this discussion, [email protected]. I encourage your feedback, comments and ideas. Welcome to the 2019-2020 SMPS CT year!


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