A message from your President - Gwen Howard
January 2021 President's Message
Happy New Year to our IAP2 USA community! I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well.
Okay, before we exhale, grateful we are coming out of tough 2020 and hopeful for what 2021 will bring, I'd like to take a second to pause and reflect. I want to share with you what YOU, our members, did in 2020 as we became a more nimble organization.
So THANK YOU for all you did in getting us through 2020 and advancing the practice.
As 2020 is now hindsight it also has become foresight for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for IAP2 USA in 2021, and potentially beyond. But before we get to that part, let’s talk about what is planned for this year.
And of course there will likely be more that we accomplish in this year.
I am proud to be a part of this organization and the great work we are doing. We are in the enviable position of figuring out ways to bring people together to solve problems, to change their communities, to affect policies and systems, to build relationships and social capital, and to emulate who we are as an organization. We all know the potential communication and relationship challenges as it has become more evident now than ever before, the chasm that can exist between us. However, we as formal and informal leaders in public participation are heavily equipped and resourced to be the bridge across the chasm.
Here is the opportunity. There has never been a time more fitting than now for the work we do. We know how to collaborate, how to facilitate, how to communicate and how to relate. So let’s demonstrate how we come together to value and celebrate our differences, how we embrace innovation and creativity, how we promote equity and inclusivity, and how we connect with one another at a deeper, more curious and more meaningful level. And, still deliver transformative work for the communities and the organizations we serve.
As leaders, may we all continue to grow and to be the light in every space we visit or frequent. Because truly that's what an enlightened America is all about.
Let’s encourage leadership and lead in courage. I look forward to working with all of you this year!
In your service,
IAP2 USA, President