Board of Directors Election: Meet Candidate Selena Darrow
Today is the second in our series of blog posts introducing you to the six IACP Board of Directors candidates for the 2013-15 term.
A Message from Selena Darrow
For those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Selena Darrow and I am running for the 2013-2015 IACP Board of Directors. I am currently serving my third year as the Chairwoman of the Test Kitchen Professionals Section and have been an IACP member for almost five years.
When I volunteered for the chairperson position, I wanted to connect with other IACP members who were like me. Little did I know, I would meet food professionals from all corners of the industry who would become much more than just industry peers, but true friends.
Running for a board position feels like a natural extension for me. One of my strengths is seeing the big picture and if something isn’t working, I speak up. My intention is to speak up for the members of IACP, so we can make this the best organization it can be.
I am ready to share my leadership abilities with the rest of the organization. Some of my accomplishments as Chair include:
Face to face networking
• Coordination of yearly conference section networking dinner
• IACP Ambassador, 2011 Research Chefs Association Convention, to recruit new members
• New member networking event volunteer, 2013 San Francisco conference
• Coordination and host of 4 teleforums in 2 years
• Establishing a speaker series subcommittee
• Submission of content featured in the Frontburner e-newsletter
• Creation of a Frontburner subcommittee
• Development and maintenance of Facebook page
• Forming a social media subcommittee
• Developing a member survey in 2010 to guide strategic planning
• Submission of yearly section conference proposals
As a board member, I would use my experience to enhance and improve existing programs. I would also explore additional opportunities through strategic partners, technology, cross pollination, surveys and networking events. One of my objectives would be to create a chairperson guideline to establish consistent leadership responsibilities across all sections. I would also like to implement a quarterly meeting, to ensure the needs of all sections are being met.
One of my strengths is seeing the big picture and if something isn’t working, I speak up. My goal is to speak up for the members of IACP, so we can all make this the best organization it can be. To do so, I ask for your support and collaboration. It is essential that we all work together, sharing our vast knowledge, to create a valuable membership experience.
I am truly honored to be considered for a board position. By accepting this nomination, I believe I am being called to serve in a greater capacity, to share my talents and make a difference in this organization as an IACP leader.
I look forward to the challenge of serving the members of IACP with passion and vigor.
All the best,
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.