Several of the SIETAR Local Group leaders gathered together during the SIETAR USA conference in Atlanta to explore ways to foster a virtual community among the local groups, tap into local resources, generate new ideas for events (including virtual events) and support new groups just starting, and to get to know each other better. As leaders sipped wine and engaged in stimulating dialogue, they shared what the SIETAR community means to them. Comments such as “it feels like coming home” and “a sense of belonging” were echoed by several members who stated the camaraderie with like-minded people and professional development opportunities were what originally drew them to SIETAR.
Currently, SIETAR has local groups in Washington DC, Minnesota, Florida and the recently formed Tri-State (NY, NJ, and CT) with interest in reviving a group in North Carolina soon. Interested in starting a local group in your area? Please contact Julia Gaspar-Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.