Words of Wisdom and New Leadership at the August Membership Luncheon
Written by: Lauren Antista – Communications Coordinator, Florida Psychological Association
2009-2010 FPRA President, Heidi Otway, APR kicked off the August membership luncheon with a recap of the Capital Chapter’s successes at the recent FPRA conference in Naples. The Capital Chapter stole the show, receiving more awards than any other chapter, including: the Professional Development Award; the Integrated Communication Award; the Chapter President of the Year Award – Heidi Otway, APR; and the Doris Fleischmann Award – Rachel Smith, APR, CPRC.
Members of the 2009-2010 Board of Directors received recognition and thanks for their dedication and service to FPRA. Several awards were presented for notable achievements, which included: an Unsung Hero Award to Meg Shannon, APR as thanks for her continuous dedication to FPRA; the President’s Award to Cecka Green for her achievements as Roast & Toast Chair; the Member of the Year award to Christina Johnson, 2009-2010 Co-VP/Membership Chair; and the New Member of the Year Award to Kiley Mallard. New members were also presented with FPRA pins and the 2010-2011 board members were officially installed into their leadership roles.
2010-2011 FPRA President Ivette Marquez, APR briefly outlined her plans for FPRA for the upcoming year. In particular, Ms. Marquez intended to select a “Top PRo” each month, recognizing that member for outstanding efforts on behalf of FPRA. Each “Top PRo” would receive a scholarship toward participating in the statewide FPRA conference.
The final highlight of the luncheon was a well received presentation on leadership by Ms. Sue Dick, president of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Counsel of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. Ms. Dick noted that the current trend of leadership is moving from an execution model (focused on the short term) to a more strategic model. In this vein, she emphasized the importance of assessing current trends, long-term planning and awareness of the new movement toward social responsibility.
Ms. Dick left the members of the Capital Chapter with a few important main points on leadership. She stressed that as a leader, it is important to:
- Reflect on past decisions made
- Anticipate change
- Find a mentor
- Have heartfelt passion for what you do
- Coach and develop new talent
- Keep up with technology
- Know when it is time to move on