The Regional Meetings have begun and our update on the evolution of our governance model was well received by Region 5 & 6 in Arlington, TX, April 12th.
We are currently in the process of sharing some initial thoughts on what isn’t working with our current governance model, and what we might want to do to become more efficient as a board and as an association. We are in the information sharing and gathering phase, and the response so far has been very positive.
“Good boards striving to become great boards, continually consider how to strengthen their performance.”
As I stated in earlier communications, the goal of this evolution is to focus volunteer efforts on developing a strategic direction for the association, to make the best use of our time and expertise. We also will become a better steward of our staff resources by creating a structure that clearly defines the roles of volunteer leadership and staff. The association will be more efficient and effective as a result.
Everyone knows that good boards do not just happen; they take careful thought and planning. Good boards striving to become great boards, continually consider how to strengthen their performance. In the end, great boards ask good questions of ourselves and our staff, to ensure we all stay focused on the association’s core mandate: to educate, advocate for, and inspire public assembly venue professionals, worldwide.
As our Board of Directors continues to move toward a new governance model, we have partnered with a governance expert, Mr. Barry Diamond, who will help to guide us through this process. The initial steps include a lot of listening, to you, the members. As we continue on this path, we will develop new policies for the board’s consideration during our July meeting prior to VenueConnect.
Also in July at VenueConnect, we will launch IAVM’s Members Town Hall. During this Town Hall, our Senior Leadership will update you on the progress the board has made thus far on the governance process, which is expected to span over 2 years or more. Our board meeting will have occurred and we will be able to share the most recent events in the planning process. The Town Hall is also an opportunity for you to come to an “open mic” forum and share your thoughts, concerns, or questions. Your leadership is here to listen and to answer all questions.
I look forward to seeing you in Ft. Lauderdale and sharing more information personally.