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Wendy Pastrick's Articles

2019 PASS Bylaw Updates

As mentioned in Grant’s recent blog post, one of the key areas of discussion that came out of the February Board meeting was the topic of PASS Bylaws.

Before I dive into the details here, I have one ask. Bylaws are intricate and complicated. If you have questions, or don’t understand a change, please ask! We have prepared a summary table of the Bylaw updates as a reference to guide you through these changes and their impact to the community.

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FY2018 Financial Audit Process

You may have seen the recent PASS News post about the completion of our FY2018 financial audit. This is a rigorous process that our management team at PASS HQ (C&C) undertakes every year starting in June and ending in October.
But, what is an annual audit and why does PASS engage in one?

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The Importance of the PASS AHP

I know firsthand how difficult and upsetting it can be to file a report after a violation occurs, but the Anti-Harassment Policy (AHP) exists to protect you by putting preventative measures in place.

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PASS FY 2019 Financials

As a not-for-profit corporation, PASS is required to post the approved annual budget, quarterly financials, and the FY final audited statements. I encourage all of you to take the time to not only view the line items within the budget, but also to understand what’s new, what’s changed, and how the budget contributes to our progress as an organization.

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PASS Election 2018 Timeline

As we work towards improving the PASS Election process, I am excited to share the updates we have made to the Election timeline this year. Our goal is to increase community participation, encouraging both candidates to submit applications and eligible voters to submit their ballots. 

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Thank you to the PASS Summit 2017 Program Committee

Every year we ask a lot of our PASS Summit Program Committee volunteers. Conference programming is always a challenge as we seek to please a wide variety of people and professionals. It requires an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and collaboration to make sure it’s done right. It is even ...

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Developer Content at PASS Summit 2017

As Tim Ford recently explained, PASS has observed a growth in members who identify as developers. The PASS Board is committed to working strategically across portfolios to meet the educational needs of this growing developer audience while continuing to serve our established community of DBAs, archi ...

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PASS Summit 2017: New Process for Call for Speakers

The PASS Summit Call for Speakers opens tomorrow and I want to clarify some of our process changes this year. To begin, I want to acknowledge all the hard work the program committee and additional community volunteers have put into the Summit program so far. The strategic vision of the Board is dri ...

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Mapping Out PASS Summit Content Based on How You Do Your Job

PASS is shifting gears to keep up with the fast-changing nature of the global data landscape. As part of this evolution, the Summit program is moving to a content driven approach to better serve the community, and the breadth of functions involved in the data world. Changes are already underway with ...

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Changes to the PASS Summit 2017 Program, Pre-Conference Call for Interest, and a Community Survey

Exciting innovation is coming to this year’s PASS Summit program. With the Board committed to deliver the best possible educational experience for attendees, PASS has conducted industry research over the last few months to assess the Summit program. Current data points to the need for a substa ...

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