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June Board Meeting Recap

The June PASS Board meeting took place over June 18 and 19 at PASS HQ in Vancouver, BC. As the last in-person Board meeting in FY 2019 with the current Board, we had a back-to-back agenda to cover.

First up was the PASS Bylaws vote. I’d like to once again thank all of our community members who took the time to review the Bylaws, ask questions, and attend the Town Hall sessions. Your feedback helped us refine the final details of the Bylaws, which will ensure even greater representation, diversity, and expertise on our Board. After a unanimous Executive Committee vote, the Bylaws were approved and are now in affect. In line with these newly approved PASS Bylaws, John Martin was also voted in as chair of the 2019 NomCom.

Another important vote scheduled during the meeting, was the Executive Committee election. I’d like to congratulate and welcome our incoming ExecCo: Wendy Pastrick (President), Tim Ford (Executive VP), and John Martin (Marketing). As the current PASS President, I will be transitioning into the seat of Immediate Past President. The new ExecCo will take their seats on January 1, 2020, but until then, the current Exec is committed to continuing the work we’ve started and moving projects forward.

Over the two days of meetings, the Board participated in a series of working sessions focused on different areas of the PASS organization. These sessions involved brainstorming, preliminary planning, and preparation for the year ahead.

Our path to success in FY 2020 remains clear through the three pillars: Educational Content, Accessibility, and Engagement. These pillars framed our priorities last year and will continue to do so into FY 2020. Some of the key areas we will be focusing on are:

  • Educational Content – the introduction of learning pathways was welcomed by the community. We will look towards incorporating these pathways into our educational content throughout the year.
  • Accessibility – we will be dedicating additional time and resources to PASS.org, the Learning Center, and our PASStv YouTube channel to make our content easier to find, use, and share.
  • Engagement – we will continue to nurture our new and existing members through targeted online content that supports career growth and development across the data industry.

We made a lot of positive steps forward in these pillars in FY 2019, and we plan to continue this momentum in FY 2020, while exploring new opportunities for diversifying our revenue beyond PASS Summit (which accounts for 90%).

We also had some very productive and positive meetings with our Board counterparts, Ramnik and Asad, from Microsoft. They were excited about the progress our organization has made over the last fiscal year and they shared some valuable insights for future planning. It’s been encouraging to see the level of engagement and support Microsoft have already shown our organization, and we look forward to collaborating with them in the year ahead.

During the board meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics including sponsorship, program and year-round education, regional mentorship, governance, diversity, and inclusion, and there were a lot of amazing ideas that came out of these breakout sessions. I look forward to seeing how these community initiatives develop over the coming year.

Grant Fritchey
About the author

Grant Fritchey is a Data Platform MVP with over 20 years’ experience in IT, including time spent in support and development. He has worked with SQL Server since 6.0 back in 1995. He has also developed in VB, VB.NET, C#, and Java. Grant has written books for Apress and Simple-Talk. Grant presents at conferences and user groups, large and small, all over the world. He joined Redgate Software as a product evangelist in January 2011.

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