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A holiday letter to my SEGD family
It’s currently 35 degrees out in New Jersey and my usual pumpkin beer has now become a winter lager. That can only mean one thing: The holidays are upon us and it’s time to reflect and plan ahead.
In looking back on my first year as President, I cannot help but think about the amazing times we’ve had together from Branded Environments in Las Vegas and the annual Conference in Minneapolis to Xlab in Brooklyn and all the amazing Chapter events held around the world in our 36 Chapters. I’m equally proud and in awe of the community that we share.
SEGD has had a lot of successes and reason to celebrate this year, some of which you may not be aware. We continue to grow as a community and these successes are are as much a win for SEGD as they are for each and every one one of us:
We will set a new membership record of around 2,300 Members, almost 500 of which are students. It’s great to see our student population more than double. This will hopefully influence the next generation of amazing designers as they begin their journey.
We added four new Chapters this year in top-notch cities Nashville, Richmond, Omaha and Cleveland.
Christina Lyons and her Education Committeehave been developing a new series of EGD workbooks. (Thank you so much!)
We have recently committed to establishing an education fund to support the development of our profession. Each year, we as an organization will set a aside a percentage of net profit to support its growth. I would like to encourage each member to help us grow this fund by making an annual donation.
Now it's time to look forward to 2019, which is bound to be another great year:
Check out the excellent lineup of events for 2019.
Did someone say BBQ? Well, you must have seen that our 2019 Conference is in Austin!
Chapter Events!If you haven’t made it out to an event lately, you are truly missing out on the best part of SEGD.
On that subject: We are very fortunate to have a group of Chapter Chairs who—let’s be honest—sacrifice a great deal of free time to organize events that celebrate our profession. Kris Helmick (Chapter Chair Liaison to the Board) and Darlene Van Uden (Liaison Assistant) deserve a pint next time you see them for all their hard work. I encourage everyone to keep an eye on what’s happening and if you are traveling—stop in and say "hi." No matter where you go, most likely we have you covered!
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Graham Hanson and Stephen Minning, who are rolling off the Board of Directors at the end of this year. Stephen has been gracious in helping us fund the SEGD mobile website buildout as well as providing the first all-Chapter sponsorship via his company, PAM. And, for those of you not aware, Graham Hanson was responsible for redesigning the 2018 Awards Annual, which hopefully you have received by now.
With every ending, a new beginning starts so I’m very excited to welcome our newest additions to the Board: Traci Sym, Despina Macris, Steve Bayer and Chad Hutson. For years they have been actively involved in the community and no doubt their enthusiasm will help us accomplish more in 2019.
Before I wish you all a successful and healthy 2019, let me just take a moment to thank YOU from the bottom of my heart. You’ve made my first year something truly memorable and I know the best is yet to come. This is also true for the success of SEGD as a whole. It goes without saying that we are nothing without our members. You make us one of the most diverse and engaged design organizations on the planet. Congratulations to each and every one of you—you’re the reason SEGD exists.
Cheers to an amazing and merry holiday season and I’m looking forward to sharing a pint, a laugh and great conversation with everyone soon!
Keep a look out for me at a Chapter event near you in 2019.