Dear Fellow SIETARians,
As many of us tend to do heading towards the end of a year, so it is that I get to add my reflections on what has happened in SIETAR USA for 2021.
We entered the year with continuing uncertainty for ourselves and those whose lives we have the honor of touching in our work. So many stories have been shared of the impact of the pandemic on the education and research fields, as well as the many aspects of coaching and training in support of business activities across the globe. Domestic happenings related to social justice have continued to grab the spotlight, focusing us in on the realization that our work as interculturalists is fundamentally intertwined with the need for continued awareness and education around inclusion, diversity, and equity.
Personally, it has been a year of observation and learning. Through the always generous, guiding hand of our immediate Past President Sandy Fowler, we have assessed where we are as an organization and sought to frame how we will need to evolve to meet the needs of our growing membership. And how we have grown! Our many initiatives of engagement include informative monthly newsletters, as well as enriching webinars hosting a wide variety of guest presenters and impactful topics. Of course, we were once again asked to manage a further postponement of our flagship national conference. While this was a disappointment, a great team of committed and tireless conference volunteers pivoted to provide a weekend of master workshops through virtual means.
Looking forward, we will welcome a new President Elect in 2022. I am confident that once the announcement is made, that there will be resounding support for the candidate. Those who have been in the SIETAR orbit for any period of time know this person well, and will no doubt join with me in seeing this as a powerful message regarding our intentions as an organization moving into the future.
We continue to look at new ways to streamline processes and establish “best of breed” organizational frameworks. The job of managing non-profits can be a complicated one. It is here that I am truly grateful to all the current board members, as well as the network of support we all receive from conference volunteers and advisors who help us guide this wonderful institution. Initiatives are in the works that will ensure an even better member experience. All with the goal of further building on our fast-growing membership.
I look forward to a positive year of openness, growth and change at SIETAR USA. We are grateful for your continued support. If you are celebrating holiday traditions over the next month, may they be spent with the warmth of loved ones, whether in person or across the miles.
To everyone, let’s remember to inspire others towards a deeper curiosity and understanding across cultures, beliefs, and values.
Brett Parry, President