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Category: Volunteers

FAQ for New Speakers

One of the goals of the PASS Women in Technology (WIT) Virtual Group is to promote sessions presented by women, be that well-known seasoned speakers or new speakers just getting started. Presenting at technical events can advance your career by helping you build your brand, gain recognition, and lead to opportunities.

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The Value of Joining a PASS Local Group

A handful of years ago, just before the annual PASS Summit conference (an event focused on technical professionals who use the Microsoft Data Platform), the leader of my PASS Local Group reached out to members planning to attend. He had arranged for us all to meet for breakfast during the event and I soon found myself sitting with a small group of fellow enthusiasts from my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, chatting about real world SQL problems. Myself and one of the other individuals ended up hitting it off and we became solid acquaintances. A few weeks later, when my shop was in search of an experienced data professional, my thoughts immediately returned to the conversations I’d had with this person. One thing led to another and, in the end, we hired them.

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An Open Letter to SQLSaturday Organizers

Over the past few months, we’ve received lots of questions and concerns regarding the future of SQLSaturday, and following today’s PASS FY 19 Priorities blog post, I wanted to personally address these concerns and hopefully put them to rest.

I can’t stress enough, PASS loves SQLSaturday. These events are an essential part of our organization and they are not going away.

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PASS Priorities FY 19

On January 30, we kicked off 2 days of Board meetings in Woodinville, Washington, where we welcomed our newest members to the Board. It was great to see such a diverse group of data professionals being represented in the room.

First up on the agenda was a review of our priorities throughout the fiscal year. PASS is in the business of connecting and training data professionals globally. We believe that by providing world-class educational content, we will not only increase member engagement, but also drive attendance to events like PASS Summit, helping us to close our revenue gap.

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Looking Back at our 2017 OVA Winners

The PASS organization and community is constantly growing and evolving thanks to the volunteer efforts of our members. Every month, we ask our members to nominate a volunteer who has gone above and beyond to support our community of data professionals and we present them with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.

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Welcoming our Newly Elected Directors to the PASS Board

Last month, the PASS Community elected three new Directors-at-Large to join the PASS Board of Directors. I wanted to take a moment to once again congratulate the winners.

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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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Bringing You the Best Possible Summit Program

In years past, we would have announced a call to the community for volunteers and the upcoming call for speakers for this year’s PASS Summit by now. Some of you may be wondering why we haven’t done that yet, and I wanted to take this opportunity to walk through that with you. As you may ...

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BA Community Goals for FY 2017

I wanted to take this opportunity to follow up on the recent blog from Denise McInerney, The Future of the BA Community. That blog spoke to the history of BA and PASS, and also detailed why PASS has decided not to host a BA Conference in 2017. I won’t go into any more of that reasoning here – you can read that in the blog – but what I will touch on are some of the strategies for community building and the BA Community goals for FY 2017.

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Announcing the 2015 PASS Nomination Committee

July 22, 2015 – Thank you to all PASS members who participated in this year’s Nomination Committee (NomCom) elections. Congratulations to Lori Edwards, Robert L. Davis, and Bob Pusateri, the community representatives whom you have elected to join NomCom Chair Bill Graziano and Board-appointed representative Grant Fritchey on the 2015 NomCom.

A total of 540 voters cast 1229 votes in the NomCom elections. To be eligible to vote in this year’s NomCom and Board elections, PASS members needed to update their PASS profile by June 1, 2015. PASS’ secure online voting system, Simply Voting, doesn’t hold any PASS member email addresses or passwords and helped us to ensure that only eligible voters were able to cast ballots and were able to vote only once (with up to three ballots cast).

The NomCom community seats reflect the three seats up for election on the PASS Board this year: one US/Canada and Open, one EMEA and Open and one Open seat. The five-member NomCom will manage the Board elections process, qualifying, interviewing, and ranking potential candidates. A final slate will then be submitted to the current Board for approval. In addition, this year’s NomCom is charged with streamlining the process for involving and evaluating candidates and with enhancing opportunities for community engagement in the elections.

Applications for the three PASS Board seats up for election open August 5. To learn more about the 2015 NomCom election results and preview the upcoming Board of Directors elections, please see the Elections site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact PASS Governance.

Congratulations again to Lori, Robert, and Bob. And a special thank you to all the candidates for their dedicated volunteer efforts on behalf of the PASS community and their enthusiastic and professional candidacies in this year’s NomCom elections.

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