As 2020 winds to a close, we have so much to be thankful for, and so much to set out as intentions and hopes for 2021. Each of you has made a difference in your organizations, or if between jobs, in your network of colleagues, as well as in the lives of your family and friends. My wish for all of us is to look back and to value the lessons of 2020 while releasing the burdens of things we regret or that may have caused us pain.
This is also a time to recognize and celebrate the successes that we achieved in 2020, including the hire of a new Executive Director for our international organization, Cara Woodson Welch, and her work to update the organizational structure of IPMA-HR. In addition, we had an opportunity to attend IPMA-HR’s first virtual conference and enjoy time together learning about who we are and how we scavenger hunt! There was a gratitude event that sponsored 15 folks throughout the region who attended the conference and we are grateful for their enthusiasm for learning! Lastly, we convened with a series of workshops led by Viva Asmelash to talk about racism, beginning or continuing equity work at our organizations, and working on our personal journeys.
There really has been a lot to be grateful for, including the election of the first female Vice President of the United States of America! Regardless of politics, we can all celebrate this step toward inclusion in governance. Happy December to all of you and your loved ones. On behalf of your WRIPMA-HR board of directors, I hope that you have a wonderful solstice, or other winter holiday!
The WRIPMA-HR 2021 conference committee members are actively working to provide networking and programming in May 2021. At this point, we are happy to provide certainty that the 2021 WRIPMA-HR Conference will be held virtually, rather than in-person in Portland, OR. Though we are sorry not to be able to convene together, it’s wonderful we are in a time when we are able to be together virtually and have a different but valuable experience. Registration will open in early 2021, with more information to come regarding the technological platform, sessions, social, and networking opportunities. The sponsorship store will open as early as this month with opportunities to support the event and raise awareness of your organization. Shout out and thank you to Mary Rowe, Conference Committee Chair and the fantastic group of sub-committee chairs: Chris Hazen, Marketing and also Sponsors and Technology; Stacey Lewis, Programming and Speakers; Nancy Love and Brody Lorda, Registration and Finance; Patricia Anderson Wieck, Prizes; Janet Newport, Social events/volunteers; Mel Gregg, Awards; and Risa Williams, Wellness.
In new news, Paula Adams, WRIPMA-HR 1st Vice President and lead of our Innovation team, has worked with Inland Empire PMA members, HR generalists & volunteers to create The HR Helpdesk podcasts! Sessions on Meet Paula Adams, Training Tips to Stay Calm during Uncertainty, Recruitment Conversations, Help Me I have a question, and Parenting During This Pandemic are now available here. We hope that you enjoy them. On the same link are previous Western Region podcasts interviewing HR leaders Alex Smith, Serilda Summers McGee, and Trish Holliday who continue to offer inspiration to us.
Logo ContestFinally, we are currently working on updating our website as we need to freshen it up a bit. As part of that effort, we would love your involvement in designing a new logo for the region. We know there is talent out there and we want to see it! David Kitchen, from the Utah Chapter, has volunteered and is leading that effort. Please click here for more information.
Best Wishes for 2021!
Christine Hoffmann, IPMA-SCP
Western Region President