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Electing a New Exec Co: Passing the Baton

Today we shared that at the upcoming Board meeting we will be holding an election to select the PASS Executive Committee for 2018 & 2019. Along with this announcement, I wanted to tell the community that I will not be running for a position on that incoming Exec Co. At the end of my current term ...

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Community is Key: 2016 Member Survey Results

Last year PASS conducted a 28-question survey to gain a better understanding of our community members. We received a total of 3,173 responses from 83 countries, and I would like to thank all the members who took the time to complete this survey. Your responses are helping shape the strategic directi ...

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SQLSaturday: Highlights on the New Look

I am pleased to share that the new SQLSaturday website is now live! We have updated the look and feel as another step in both the modernization of our websites and in the unveiling of the new PASS branding.  The new SQLSaturday logo fits with the fresh new branding first shared at PASS Summit ...

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Board Q&A Town Hall - Summit Program Innovation

Last Thursday on April 13, PASS held two town hall meetings to give members the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the PASS Summit program and the speaker selection process. I would like to thank the participants for engaging with us, sharing your concerns, and exchanging ideas. I ...

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New PASS Website and Branding Now Live

I’m pleased to announce to the global PASS membership that our new website is now live! I am excited to share some of the changes with you today. Greatly enhanced functionality, features, and navigation The first thing you will notice is that we have moved to PASS.org as our new URL. This r ...

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From Old to New

Two weeks ago at PASS Summit 2016, we had the opportunity to give our community members a sneak peek at the new PASS brand and website project that we’ve been working on for the better part of this year. To watch the reveal or see the brand come together, please watch it here. We chose to ...

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The Guidebook is Live! Program Materials onsite at PASS Summit 2016

Our Diamond Partner, Microsoft, will be making an exciting announcement this week at PASS Summit 2016, so until Tuesday morning, only the Guidebook will be available for schedule updates. This means that all printed program materials (Program Guide and Session Schedule) will be available for attende ...

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Packing list for PASS Summit 2016

As you finalize your packing list for PASS Summit, starting next week in Seattle, a quick reminder that you should not forget your backpack.  We are not giving away backpacks this year, but we do have something else for you.  Reminders were shared in the attendee bulletins. But in case you ...

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Anti-Harassment Policy Update for PASS Summit 2016

We want to ensure everybody has an enjoyable, safe and harassment-free experience at PASS Summit, which is why we have extended the Anti-Harassment Policy (AHP) and made it more convenient to report an incident. I’d like to update you on some important changes that were made to the AHP and the ...

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Keeping Discussions Professional


One of the strengths of the community of professionals that work with the Microsoft data platform is exactly that: it’s a community. People want to contribute, to help one another be better at their jobs and grow their careers. That’s why we contribute so many volunteer hours to putting on events, speaking and writing. We invest in the community because we believe in it. And because we invest in it we feel a sense of ownership over what happens in it.

As the largest organization for these data professionals, PASS is one of the places where decisions that impact the community are made. The sense of ownership people have in this community extends to PASS. It is one of the main reasons why people have passionate debates on topics like speaker contracts, policy changes and elections: they care deeply about the outcome. Debates and exchanges of ideas are good, they make our organization better. The feedback we are getting now on changes to the speaker contract will help us improve that document. As PASS President Adam Jorgensen said in his blog, we recognize that we didn’t quite get it right. We welcome your input so we can fix it.

But there can be a shadow to all the passionate debate and that shadow is revealed when the tone of the discussion stops being professional, when it ceases to be civil.  PASS as an organization has no room for insults, name-calling or misogyny. Personal attacks of any kind, be they based on gender, race, political affiliation, religious beliefs or anything else, are not welcome in PASS and should not be welcome in the community as a whole.

Let’s all channel our passion for this community in a constructive way and keep our discussions professional and respectful.

Send us your feedback on the speaker contract, or any other any other PASS topic, to feedback@sqlpass.org. Together let’s continue to make our organization better and fulfill PASS’ mission to help our members connect, share and learn.

Denise McInerney
Vice President, Marketing

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