I was excited to co-lead, along with Cheryl Ginyard-Jones (VA, ’13), a day-long session in February with the Executive Committee and about 30 dedicated members to generate new ideas and potential initiatives to further the four strategic objectives for SIBF that were established last year.   The group surfaced more than a hundred new ideas and were very thoughtful about how to continue to engage and strengthen SIBF.   My thanks to Cheryl (who did an awesome job leading the day) and all who participated.   We also look forward to ideas from all members about how to advance our initiatives.

Last year, SIBF’s strategic review identified lifelong engagement and strengthening our network of networks as key focus areas.  In support of these areas, the Technology Committee, chaired by Mark Lampen (SC, ’16), conducted a thorough search of connectivity platforms that maximize member experience.  Utilizing the private social network Clowder, the new SIBF Global app will be rolled out this summer.  You will gain simplified access to events, content and collaboration among our 1500 members worldwide.  You’ll have at your fingertips…

  • Our global membership directory of SIBF and affiliate networks

  • Easy access program registration

  • Member-to-Member messaging

  • Member groups tailored to your business and social interests

  • Forums and message boards 

Look for more on the SIBF app in June as we prepare for a full rollout at the SIBF Annual Summit in Maine this fall.  I encourage you to register for this program and book your hotel room soon. 

Anne and I hope to see you at the Global Network Summit (GNS) hosted by CELA in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan this June!   If you have talked with anyone who has attended a GNS, you know they come back enthused about SIBF and our global partners CELA, MELA and SEALA.  This year’s GNS is not to be missed!


Warm regards,
Mark Kaiser

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