Reflecting our targets at the 2017 AGM, our membership engagement levels across both events and communications, continues to sit high on the scale, with 91% of you actively coming together across events, social media and workplace throughout the year to nurture and support each other. For this I thank the state chairs and Nikki May, and look forward to the added strategy brought to events planning by incoming director Bronwyn Klei. With financial planning in a healthy position, thanks to Treasurer Catherine Curry-Hyde, and governance emphasising a long-term view to succession planning, credit to our Secretary Rachel Scanlon, I feel we are truly setting IWF Australia up for a sustainable future.
At the IWFA Board Strategy Weekend in Hobart, we sat with our stated values and purpose and together agreed that our founding values and intent have stood the test of time. We continue to Connect as Women, Grow as Leaders and Shape the Next Generation of Women Leaders as promised. In a thorough review of our 2017 goals, as represented in my post-AGM President’s report, we found that our priorities have been actively pursued by the respective directors and continue to propel us toward exciting years ahead.
At the recent Presidents’ Council in Miami, there were a couple of key agenda items that we considered as Presidents:
1. Communication and developments from a global perspective. I was thrilled to be asked to present our points of difference on communication to the Presidents. The terrific news for 2019 is that we will have a new global website where all Forums will be connected under the Global IWF Framework. What I am particularly excited about is an optimised member login section that makes it easier to connect with international ‘sistas’ when travelling.
2. By-laws/Constitution which exist as guide rails, to protect and clarify the way we work and drive transparency, consistency and predictability. These were discussed in terms of our ongoing sustainability as a global organisation. We also spent time aligning on board composition, term limits, president standards and succession.
3. Accountability to global standards of membership, ensuring that each President is committed to holding their chapter to these standards. A clear agreement was to continue to ensure that diversity is our strength.
Finally, I wish to thank each of you, our members, for all that you do to make IWFA a unique and special place. A platform on which we can stand together as diverse and exceptional women leaders, and take on the world.
My warmest wishes,