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Women in Leadership Month

This October is known as Women in Leadership month and in the world of ICHRIE that is certainly true with five of the six leadership positions on the ICHRIE Executive Committee being held by women!  It’s been a long time—if ever—that is the case.

In the spirit of Women in Leadership, be sure to mark your calendar for a webinar on the topic being hosted by Penn State and moderated by Dr. Donna Quadri-Felitti.  So Save the Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 10:00-11 a.m. Eastern Time.  The Zoom location Link is:  https://psu.zoom.us/j/96047679863  (Password: ICHRIE).

Another woman in leadership making her mark is Dr. Mary Jo Dolasinski.  Mary Jo is currently serving as the Central CHRIE Federation President as well as chair of the ICHRIE 75th Anniversary Committee that is continuing efforts to make our annual summer conference next year a monumental and historic event.  The conference is being held at the Renaissance Downtown Washington, DC from July 29-31.  There are scores of members working to make the 2021 conference memorable including many ICHRIE past presidents.  If you are interested in contributing to the efforts of the 75th anniversary celebration, I encourage you to reach out to the chair of this committee, Mary Jo Dolasinski (mdolasin@depaul.edu).   

Our Chair of the Eta Sigma Delta Board of Governors, Dr. Ruth O’Rourke, continues to help ESD grow and add value to our honor society members.  Ruth’s enthusiasm and commitment to ESD are transforming the ESD Honor Society into something special.  Our ICHRIE President, Dr. Joy Dickerson, is spearheading efforts to people and task forces in place to evaluate what ICHRIE should and needs to do to move forward especially in the areas of technology and operations.  She has also worked tirelessly with the Strategic Planning committee to finalize a new, five-year strategic plan that Dr. Lea Dopson, our current ICHRIE Vice President, has taken over responsibility for executing.

Dr. Lisa Slevitch, our ICHRIE Treasurer, has taken over as chair of the Revenue Generation task force and is meeting with that group to discuss ideas and to find ways to increase our coffers.  Dr. Catherine Curtis (with the help of Dr. Bill Frye) has finalized the 18-month project to update our ICHRIE bylaws.  You can find the link to the latest version recently approved by the board on the ICHRIE website at https://www.chrie.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3340.

As we all know, there is a lot happening in our current challenging world and there is an enormous amount of cooperation and positive energy occurring that will most certainly play an important part in our everyday lives.  There is no doubt that women play a key role in those efforts and that women in leadership positions deserve extra kudos!

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