October is usually a time for ghost stories, and one of the things that scares me is the thought of not being involved in WIPA. I know it may seem crazy, but there was once a time when I was hesitant to take on a leadership role in WIPA. I know that is surprising for most of you, as I have been heavily involved for the past 10 years or so, but it's true. I felt like I wasn't qualified for the position that was available at the time, I felt like I didn't have the time to commit to WIPA to really make an impact, and I felt like the tiniest fish in a huge pond. Well, thanks to a little bit of arm twisting I made the leap and I've never looked back. I really can't imagine what my business would look like today without WIPA and I'll forever be grateful to this organization for the leadership skills I've learned and the friends I've made across the country!

It might seem scary to take that leap and get involved on a Board or Committee, but I can assure you that you won't regret it! The nominations process on the local and International level is open through October 30th and I hope you'll nominate yourself or somebody you know. It's more important than ever to cultivate a strong leadership group, so take this opportunity to step up and become a leader to help us navigate through this new normal!

I end this month with a quote from W. Clement Stone: "Thinking will not overcome fear but action will." The more you think about something you're scared of the more you can talk yourself out of doing it... so just take the leap!

Kevin M. Dennis, CPCE
2020 WIPA President

All WIPA members in good standing are eligible to nominate themselves or another WIPA Member for either a Chapter Board Position or the International Board. 

You will find all three nominations forms located on WIPA.org. 

Please login with your membership username (your email)
and password to access these links.

Once logged in, you may nominate yourself to serve on a Chapter Board, or on the International Board of Directors. Additionally, you may nominate someone else to serve in a leadership position. Don’t delay – Nominations will close on October 30, 2020.  


 You won’t want to miss the great webinars coming up.

October 7th join Tiffany Chalk and
on November 4th welcome Dan Beck.

We hope everyone has enjoyed access to our Webinars for the last six months and we hope you will continue to join us. We have restricted access now to Members Only for viewing and attending Webinars.

See what's new and what members
are making news.
Visit the Webinars page on WIPA.org to 
learn about future Webinar schedules.
Our new job board is online
at www.wipa.works.
Please take some time and see
who joined WIPA this month.

Click the chapter of interest below to learn about the next event!

After all the lockdowns and covid delays of recent months, several of our chapters are once again highlighting their creativity and resourcefulness.  Featuring both safe and unique meetings some in person and others virtually, here is a sample of a few of the WIPA happenings around the country. Recently Seattle hosted a successful drive-in movie night and the Atlanta chapter is hosting a concert in the parking lot.

Utah is continuing with virtual craft meetings for cocktails and wreath making and Las Vegas has an upcoming picnic planned at the Palace Station. New Orleans and Gulf South is planning a meeting featuring Andrea Eppolito and Phoenix will feature a “Mask-arade and Mingle” at the end of the month as all of our chapters strive to demonstrate the strength of the WIPA community.   

Chapters in Formation:
Grand Circle South Florida Toronto Washington DC


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