By Jie Chen
We would like to take this opportunity to honor the long service and outstanding job by Ieva Swanson, who after fulfilling the role as the technology chair of our chapter for a long time announced her resignation. Ieva has been actively involved with our chapter and has worked tirelessly to contribute to the growth and development of our chapter.
You can get more details about her by viewing her LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ieva-swanson/.
Technology is critical for our virtual chapter. Working in a distributed team involves communication and coordination through a variety of collaboration technologies ranging from e-mail, audio/video conferencing, and membership software to some more sophisticated systems, for example, volunteer collaboration and document storage platform. Ieva has done an excellent job on researching these technologies and equipping us with the most effective ones.
On a personal note, I will definitely miss her infectious laughter in the board meeting. Ieva is truly role model, especially in leadership. She brings out the best in people with her honesty, integrity and encouragement. She always recognizes my work, answered any of my questions and concerns, encourages and inspires me to do more. Not only she helps me in the chapter, but in my study and life. I am genuinely grateful for having her in the chapter and in my life. I have always wanted to follow in her footsteps and be someone who can bring people together to do the inspiring work.
As we reluctantly farewell and honor the outstanding contribution Ieva has made, we warmly wish her all of the best with her future endeavors as she continues her professional journey, and look forward to new volunteers who are interested in taking this position in our chapter.
About the Author
Jie Chen has six years of experience in learning and talent development, together with exposure to generalist human resources. She has a bachelor’s degree in public health administration from Fudan University (China), and began the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) master’s program in August 2015. She has been volunteering her services as a marketing co-VP in the ISPI Bay Area/Boise State Chapter since April 2016. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.