Let’s start with reflecting on what kind of member you currently are: Are you a member who attends only one or two events a year? Or a member who attends all events but still isn’t seeing the ROI? Or one who attends all events and is involved on a committee or volunteer position?
The Incentive for Excellence
Another successful SITE Young Leaders Conference has come and gone but the memories and relationships made last week in Las Vegas, Nevada will be sure to continue to resonate through the young minds of our industry. From what we have learned from past SITE Young Leaders Conferences, these relationships will become deeply rooted friendships, mentorships, and peer support. What facilitates these outcomes? A great venue, global participants, and thought-provoking content.
Over the past few years our Young Leaders have been instrumental with the growth of our chapter not only with membership recruitment, but with exciting and fun educational opportunities, untraditional networking events, and volunteering with over 6 local grassroots charities that have been selected as our Holiday Event charities.
The SITE Global Young Leaders Conference is our favorite every year! This year was beyond amazing. For many of us it was our 2nd and 3rd years attending, however for a few of us it was our first year. The program truly exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you to IMEX America and the SITE SoCal Board of Directors for granting us the unique opportunity to attend. We were fortunate enough to have the registration hosted for 10 of our Young Leaders here in the Southern California Chapter.
This July, SITE SoCal launched its first ever members only Mentorship Program and it was received with open arms. “Our goal for our inaugural launch was a minimum of 10 participants. We were thrilled when the interest was so high in this new program, that we matched 20 members for a total of 10 pairs,” said Kathryn Wells, VP of Leadership for SITE. Kathryn worked side by side with myself (Leadership Chair for Young Leaders), Nikki Wilbur (Leadership Committee), and Jamie Lee Clave (President of Young Leaders) to match each person based on a questionnaire that included topics like current roles and future aspirations. Members were so enthused we even have a remote pair working out of Chicago!
Positive feedback as already been flowing in. “Our email exchange initially was great fun and we learned so much about one another over email. However, when we met face to face it was even more special! We learned all about one another from our upbringing to our paths in the industry,” said Jamie Lee Clave, Chair for SITE Young Leaders about her first mentor meeting.