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WEPAN Committee Chairs and Responsibilities

Awards Committee

Rachelle Reisberg
r.reisberg@neu.edu 
  • Sets, manages and reports on WEPAN's awards strategy which honors and recognizes outstanding corporations, educational institutions and individuals working to advance WEPAN's mission
  • Publicizes call for nominations and identifies and encourages applications
  • Implements nomination and selection process for each award
  • Works with Conference Committee to develop and print Awards Program for Awards Ceremony to e held during the Annual Conference
  • Works with WEPAN President to develop script for the ceremony
  • Provides award recipient information to and works with WEPAN staff on the distribution of the awards press release; A press release, created by WEPAN staff, is placed on WEPAN's website, and given to the award recipients for distribution by their organization prior to the Annual Conference (in conjunction with the new Board member press release).
  • Prepares Board Reports and annual summary report for the Board
  • Invites members to serve on committee and encourages previous committee members to continue their service to maintain work continuity

Forum Committee

Jennifer Groh
jgroh@purdue.edu

Lora Leigh Chrystal
lchrysta@iastate.edu
  • Pushes theme and conference objectives, including objectives for various subpopulations of the organization (corporate, institutional, etc.)
  • Establishes budget in consultation with the Board and the Development Committee
  • Relays logistical details to Board through the Secretary who is the Board Liaison for the conference committee
  • Works in conjunction with the Professional Development Director and Committee on the conference program
  • Works in conjunction with the Diversity Advancement Director and Committee to insure that diversity is considered with  respect to committee membership, conference speakers and activities
  • Arranges for speakers, workshops, paper presentations, networking events, registration, hospitality and entertainment
  • Designs and implements new member welcome activities in conjunction with Membership Director and Committee
  • Publicizes the conference and works with Communications Committee to ensure WEPAN's brand strategy is consistent
  • Evaluates conference effectiveness through surveys
  • Prepares Board Reports and annual summary report for the Board
  • Invites members to serve on committee and encourages previous committee members to continue their service to maintain work continuity

Development Committee 

Isaura Gaeta
isaura.s.gaeta@intel.com

Paige Smith
pesmith@umd.edu​
  • The WEPAN Board fulfills the role of this committee.
  • Leads the WEPAN Board in efforts to attract money and services necessary to carry out WEPAN's mission
  • Oversees development and implementation of the Fundraising Plan and its related strategies
  • Defines WEPAN's short and long-term funding needs with the help of the Board, Finance Committee and staff
  • Trains the full Board about corporate, foundation and individual solicitation, grant-writing, donor marketing and other key fundraising matters
  • Involves all board members in fundraising, and organizes fundraising activities that take into consideration each Board member's unique talents and abilities
  • Identifies prospects, open doors, participate on action teams and recruits others to do the same
  • Reviews progress on fundraising goals and inspires the entire fundraising team
  • Makes personal donations and encourages fellow Board members to do likewise
  • Thanks donors and celebrates success
  • Works with the WEPAN Director of Development and Corporate Relations on all aspects of the development process
  • Prepares Board Reports and annual summary report for the Board
  • Identifies, cultivates and enlists leaders to serve on the Development Committee

Finance Committee

Marca Lam
mjleme@rit.edu
  • Manages WEPAN's assets
  • Manages WEPAN's audit
  • Recommends the investment strategy for Board approval
  • Consults with the designated Investment advisor
  • Supports and advises the Executive Director, Director of Development and Corporate Relations, and Development Committee on WEPAN financial issues
  • Prepares Board Reports and annual summary report for the Board
  • Invites members to serve on committee and encourages previous committee members to continue their service to maintain work continuity

Knowledge Center Committee 

Ceal Craig
cealcraig@druai.com
  • Conducts periodic review of WEPAN Knowledge Center materials, website, and publications to insure information quality, relevance, currency, multicultural sensitivity, etc.
  • Provides mechanism for soliciting, receiving, and reviewing content for WEPAN knowledge center and publications
  • Ensure alignment among WEPAN Knowledge Center and publications with WEPAN strategic plan and mission
  • Prepares Board Reports and annual summary report for the Board
  • Invites members to serve on committee and encourages previous committee members to continue their service to maintain work continuity

Leadership Committee 

Karen Zunkel
kz@iastate.edu

The WEPAN Leadership Committee shall provide the overall guidance to WEPAN for identifying, promoting and developing leadership within the organization. Specifically, the Leadership Committee is charged with:

  • Assessing WEPAN’S future leadership needs and making recommendations for Board action
  • Identifying and recruiting qualified candidates for elected and appointed positions on the Board of Directors continuously through WEPAN activities (Conference, Committee work, etc.)
  • Ensuring that the processes for electing and appointing Board members adhere to WEPAN Bylaws and Operating Procedures:
  • The WEPAN Past President will serve as Chair of the Leadership Committee
  • Leadership Committee members will be proposed by the Committee Chair, submitted to the President Elect by the June Board meeting.
  • Leadership Committee members will serve a one-year term. Renewal of terms will be based on the WEPAN Committee guidelines.
  • Leadership Committee members must be familiar with WEPAN; preferably, they are or have been WEPAN members.
  • Leadership Committee members may not be considered for elected or appointed WEPAN Board member positions while serving on the Leadership Committee.
  • Completing the specific tasks and responsibilities of the Leadership Committee:
  • Announces the nomination process and timeline to the membership, defining the open positions and eligibility requirements working with the WEPAN Membership Office (early October)
  • Identifies and encourages nominations from WEPAN membership in conjunction with Diversity Advancement Committee, Faculty, Corporate and WIE-at-Large Board members
  • Requests that each nominee supplies additional information as requested by the Leadership Committee (such as a personal statement and resume)

For elected positions:

  • Reviews nomination materials and presents the slate to the Board at the December meeting
  • Ensures a fair and honest ballot and voting process according to the timelines set out in WEPAN Operating Procedures
  • Communicates elected officers to the Board and membership
  • Ensures appropriate stewardship for all election participants

For appointed positions: 

  • Reviews nominations
  • Identifies top candidates for open positions for Board approval 
  • Invites top candidates to consider Board positions
  • Continues process until appointed positions are filled
  • Assists the WEPAN President and Executive Director as needed in conducting new Board member orientation at appropriate WEPAN Board meeting (if possible) or via webinar or teleconference 
  • Assists WEPAN President and Executive Director as needed in preparing new Board orientation materials and training
  • Prepares publicity for website and WEPAN e-newsletter 
  • Prepares Board Reports and annual summary report for the Board

Professional Development Committee 

Shawna Fletcher
fletcher.234@osu.edu
  • Develop and implements strategies to provide professional development activities for members
  • Surveys members to assess and define professional development needs and interests
  • Consults with the Conference Committee to insure that conference goals are in alignment with overall professional development strategy
  • Consults and partners with Knowledge Center Committee and Membership Committee to provide information on "latest" research and issues to members
  • Develops activities that may include workshops, seminars, forums, webinars, training/presentations, discussion groups, and networking events in both face-to-face and virtual formats
  • Promotes professional development activities on the website
  • Prepares Board Reports and annual summary report for the Board
  • Invites members to serve on committee and encourages previous committee members to continue their service to maintain work continuity

 

 

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