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Thank You to our Outgoing PASS Board Members

As we prepare to welcome the new PASS Board members taking their seat on January 1, 2018, I wanted to take a moment to thank our outgoing Board members for their hard work and dedication to the PASS organization and community.

The following Board members will be completing their tenure on December 31:

Chris Woodruff – Director, Community Development
Jen Stirrup – Director, Special Projects
Denise McInerney – Vice President, Marketing 
Thomas LaRock – Immediate Past President

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FY 2018 Progress Update

Back in August, I shared with the community an overview of PASS’ priorities for our 2017 fiscal year (FY17 – running from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). With one quarter behind us, I wanted to share our progress so far.

Our FY priorities center around 3 pillars:

1. Thought Leadership

2. Membership Growth

3. Financial Strength

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June Board Meeting Recap: FY18 Priorities and Portfolio Focus

On June 27 and 28, the PASS Board got together for the second time this year, in Vancouver, BC. To kick off the meeting, we began with a review of the initiatives launched since January and I’m pleased to share that the big investments PASS has made in our members and organization over the pas ...

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Chris Woodruff Appointed PASS Director, Community Development

I am excited to share with you that on March 23, the PASS Board voted on an appointment to fill the vacant Director-at-Large seat for Director, Community Development. Previously held by Ryan Adams, the appointment was unanimously supported and Chris Woodruff has officially stepped into this vacant s ...

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January Board Meeting Outcomes: Our Strategic Direction and Portfolio Assignments

On January 24 and 25, the PASS Board met in Seattle, Washington, for the first strategy planning session for 2017. A packed agenda and critical discussions resulted in important and far-reaching decisions that will shape the future of PASS as an organization. Many of these decisions will be outlined ...

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Filling Vacant Board Seat

I wanted to share a change to our current Board composition. Ryan Adams has resigned from his role as Director-at Large for the PASS Board and will be joining Microsoft effective January 9, 2017. Ryan’s resignation from the Board will be effective December 31, 2016. When a Director-at Large s ...

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PASS Board of Directors Portfolio Announcements

With the Elections now complete, the PASS Board of Directors met for their in-person board meeting at PASS Summit 2016 yesterday in Seattle. Last year, we announced portfolio assignments for the Directors-at-Large following the Summit board meeting. However, at this time, no assignments will be ...

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Contributions to the Speaker Contract

I would like to thank every member of our community that took the time to share with us their thoughts and feedback on the Speaker Contract. Over a period of three weeks, you provided valuable feedback on two previous versions. We have now finalized both the Summit Speaker Contract and Summit Pre-Co ...

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Improving the Speaker Contract


Two weeks ago I invited each member of our community to share their thoughts on the Summit Speaker Contract with us. We received valuable feedback and comments on the process and the Speaker Contract. 

I want you to know that we listened to your feedback. We have now produced a revised version of the contract and wanted to make it available for review before the 2016 PASS Summit Speakers are announced later this month.

While we received feedback encompassing the entire contract, we have focused our efforts in the immediate on clauses 14, 15, and 16, which are the sections of the contract that have been modified. Please read the Speaker Contract now. Please provide your feedback by 9 AM PDT next Monday, 13 June, to ensure that any comments and concerns are addressed and incorporated into the final version. You can email feedback@sqlpass.org or leave your comments at the end of this post.

I thank you for your patience and also your continued involvement in this important element of Summit planning.

Adam Jorgensen
President, PASS

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Getting the Speaker Contract Right


As President of PASS, I would like to address the recent communications surrounding the PASS Summit speaker contract. While the contract is written for selected speakers, the intent is to ensure that every person attending Summit, whether a speaker, vendor/partner, or attendee, has the best possible experience at our event and is able to connect, share, and learn.

Every person that attends a PASS event is critical in ensuring that we deliver an excellent event and fulfill our educational delivery goals. This means we have to get the balance between our community and our partners right. The creation of paragraph 16 in this year’s speaker contract was designed to address and help balance this concern. However, in this instance, the Board is aware that we got it wrong.

In changing the speaker contract, our intent was to ensure that attendees receive an exclusive focus on quality training. I think we can all agree that sessions should not be marketing-driven. We want PASS Summit to continue delivering quality education and networking opportunities.

We have a unique presence in the industry, delivering events that are practical and training-focused. That is what the community wants. But to keep offering the conference, we need to also ensure that the conference and PASS as an organization remain financially stable.

We recognize that we didn’t quite get it right and many of you have had very strong opinions on this. The Board and I have all been monitoring our social media channels, listening to your feedback and comments. This blog is the beginning of our response to your concerns.

We are all trying to do what is best for our global PASS Community, which is why we are not going to rush a response to this issue. Instead, I am encouraging further open and professional dialogue to help us reach the goal of an effective speaker contract. We want to consider all of your feedback and comments before formulating any contract revisions. Please provide your feedback in the comments below, or email feedback@sqlpass.org.

I look forward to your hearing from you.

Adam Jorgensen
PASS President

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