Board of Directors Election: Meet Candidate Kathleen Flinn
Today is the third in our series of blog posts introducing you to the six IACP Board of Directors candidates for the 2013-15 term.
A Message from Kathleen Flinn
As an author, cooking teacher, writing teacher, blogger and non-profit entrepreneur, I have unique passion for food and technology that I’ve brought to the board. Anyone who has worked with me knows that I am deeply committed to IACP. From the moment I took on the chair of the Food Writers, Editors & Publishers section in 2007, I have spent hundreds of hours working for IACP. With all that I’ve learned and the people I’ve met, it’s been worth every minute. If re-elected, here are some areas on which I’d focus:
Training, Sharing, Networking
I’m continually impressed by the caliber of our members and the depth of expertise within our ranks. But how do we most effectively share this? I pushed to record monthly teleforums (now our Speaker Series) for streaming by members at their convenience. From years of these sessions plus the archive of materials from conferences, it’s striking how much information we’ve accumulated.
As a benefit to its members, I believe IACP can organize these resources into online educational hubs. For instance, I want to develop an online resource area where authors can find and share information of value to them – from book publicity to developing a tour. I’m also committed to more face-to-face education and networking opportunities outside of the annual conference, such as at regional meetings.
I believe that what organizations offer awards to says a lot about that group. To this end, I’ve helped to overhaul the Bert Greene Awards and pushed to launch the Digital Media Awards. I believe that the process of becoming a judge shouldn’t be a dark art or the subject of nepotism. You learn a great deal by judging, and I want to continue to expand those opportunities for members.
Shift to self-management
In late October 2011, the board elected to reject its history of being managed by outside firms which often knew little about our industry. Frankly, in order to make that shift happen within three months, all of the board members took on heavy workloads in order to make the transition and put together a great conference in New York. It was a ton of work, but it was the right thing to do.
A year later, we’re managed by seasoned veterans who know the organization inside and out, we operate on a leaner budget and we can make things happen in a way the bureaucracy of an outside management company wouldn’t allow.
Together, we can do anything
In times of change, the greatest power lies within our ability to learn and to adapt, and I believe all of us can benefit the support and network that we can build around our professional lives. I’m excited by what we can make happen.
About the Election
The election will be held online between February 8-March 8. You will be sent the link to the ballot along with your username and password on February 7.
We thank you in advance for participating in this important process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shani Phelan at firstname.lastname@example.org.