Q: STC’s Vice President must think strategically about the Society’s future goals and objectives, while maintaining fiscal viability in a changing landscape. What experiences have prepared you for the strategic planning and fiscal oversight required of this role?
In the tech boom and bust I managed many demands. This includes budgets and plans for both my STC community and business. I have to know where our industry is going to remain relevant and lead.
To grow my business, manage client projects, or work with the STC board requires similar ideas. I review projects to decide what is realistic, what available resources can do, and where estimates change. My business survived one of the toughest economic downturns in recent history, and continues to grow. In part, it is because I adapt quickly to change, and ask for ideas from many sources to find solutions.
I know that STC also has stakeholders, plans, budgets, and unforeseen circumstances. To succeed as an organization we plan and adapt the plan when truly needed.
My past performance in running a business and a community show that I have strategic vision, I can plan well, and that I work with financial realities. My decisions are based on the benefits, the costs, and the overall value delivered.
I have been part of strategic planning efforts for STC itself and for the STC Summit. I have served as the chair of the Strategic Program Assessment task force and helped refine STC’s Strategic Plan and prioritize goals and related programs. With the critical role of the STC Summit, I have helped deliver more value to attendees in new, cost-conscience ways, and I have tried new ideas to attract attendees and strengthen vendor relationships.
At the chapter level, I have served as a Strategic Advisor and brought together leaders from different chapters to share ideas and identify new ways of delivering value to our members. I have been active in developing and supporting a zero-based budget practice, which has enabled the STC Houston chapter to offer new, innovative activities for its members without any funds from the Society. I have also helped other STC communities through strategic discussions and planning sessions.
At NetIQ, I managed a multi-million dollar budget and found cost-effective ways to improve content delivered to customers across multiple departments.