BPW President's Messages 2009
It is with great joy that I take on the presidency of BPW International for the next three years. My vision for this triennium is to make many of our dreams in common, a reality. The reason you joined BPW was to become part of a powerful international network that will, and can, make a difference. The times call for action, not reaction but pro-action in addressing the issues and creating innovative solutions, which, for many reasons are now more critical than ever. I will work to give you that value by increasing our communications and visibility, strengthening our membership in all the countries, sustaining our financial viability with dues paid on time and with accurate declarations of numbers,
while providing you, our members with excellent service, annual presidents seminars to focus on good governance, sharing experiences and best practices, education in personal development, business and leadership programs affordably offered, while increasing our voice, expertise and engagement on the international platform. No matter what your level of expertise is, this is an urgent call for our members in all the languages and cultures to do whatever they can on the local, national and international levels of BPW. You are needed so that together we can and will achieve more. Time is at a premium for us all, especially in a voluntary organization but with just small committed efforts from the many members, we can maximize on the input and work that will provide results that we can all be proud of. Our organization does not have the luxury or capacity to have the first class services that other International organizations may enjoy because our dues do not allow us to compete and for this reason each and every member should take the responsibility of increasing membership allowing the low dues as our basic revenue for services to accomplish what we would expect from a 21st century international organization. Our very lifeline depends on our membership, financially, and for our high level presence on the international platform. Around the world our voices must be unified in our common goals of economic empowerment for ourselves, our families, neighbors and countries based on an equal status of decision making , politically, socially and economically while our members on all levels work to develop their professional potential. Each of us can and must take ownership of this great responsibility, as women and BPW members. I implore all our members to fully engage in this process and help me and the new executive board, our leaders and our founder to reach and make this a reality for the future.
In this triennium, I pledge to increase our efficiencies vertically and horizontally, building on the best practices to provide excellent value, programs and member services. I will encourage full engagement to support and attend local and national meetings, the upcoming exciting regional conferences and our next Congress in Helsinki, which will have so many great benefits that it cannot be missed! And finally, a BPW International organization that you will be proud to bring new members into, that will provide you international access, lifelong learning, leadership, mentoring and friendships to empower women around the world.
I am very much looking forward to working with the new executive team building on the past accomplishments and achieving our big goals for this next triennium.