The changes around us - whether political, technological, economic, or otherwise - require that we help our organizations and clients navigate through new and increasingly complex landscapes, which profoundly impact the companies for which we work, our communities, and the profession at large.
As I enter my first year as President of ISACA-OVC, I notice that our Chapter, and the ISACA community at large, has never been more relevant and important for those of us practicing across the nation and world. I've come to think of the ISACA’s network as one very large, multi-national, collaborative team. A team a team that values learning, teaching, mentorship, and consultation. A team that enables us to advocate, brainstorm, contribute, meet, network and socialize with friends and colleagues.
Each year, we provide our members with opportunities for professional growth spanning a broad array of substantive topics through our programs. These programs are shaped by our volunteer leaders specifically for you. I have always been impressed with the quality and diversity of our programming. And now with our increased focus on interactivity, we provide you with more opportunities to learn by doing - and from each other.
I'm proud of our Chapter's successes over the last year, particularly in providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement of our members and sponsors, introducing innovative programming formats and topics, and providing professional development and outreach opportunities. In the year ahead, we will continue these initiatives, as well as adding programming designed for the different stages of your career, virtual programming, and events held in collaboration with other chapters in the area and beyond.
To our membership, I would like to underscore the value of actively participating in our community. My experience has been that one can get a lot out of active participation within our community. It was the strong volunteerism and engagement of our community which allowed our chapter to persist throughout the social isolation of the pandemic, where many similar professional associations have closed their doors. I invite all our members to proactively engage with their peers and colleagues as we continue to build upon the strength of our community. There are many opportunities for you to become involved with ISACA-OVC.
Our focus as a chapter is to enrich the experience of our members, so we are always open to feedback on our current services and how we can better serve you. Feel free to reach out to me, any of our chapter leaders, or our great staff if you have ideas or would like to get involved.
Thank you, members, for your continued participation and enthusiasm in our professional community, and sponsors for your incredible support and advice. Finally, I'd like to give a special shout-out of appreciation to our Chapter Board of Directors and to Bob Wiseman, our past-President, for his tireless work, his leadership and outstanding contributions to ISACA-OVC, and to the ISACA organization for all the resources, guidance and support they provide. Thank you all!
I look forward to building on our momentum together in 2024 and beyond!