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The pandemic may have dragged on in 2021, but we at ACN continued to keep our members connected and supported by embracing virtual opportunities—and grew our organization at a record pace.
2021 Board and Committee Updates
In 2021, we unveiled a new strategic focus as well as related Mission Statement, Statement of Purpose and Core Audience. One of our goals is to make diversity, equity and inclusion a priority at ACN. We are also working on new ways to engage members nationwide, and our board and committees now include members from across the country.
We also welcomed the following new board members:
Gioia Giannotti of (r)evolution architecture
John Bauer of John E. Bauer Consulting, LLC
David Dow of Schooley Mitchell
Aashi Mital of Pivotal Solutions Consulting
Arthur Padilla of StrataG.Works
Read more 2021 board updates.
2021 Committee Highlights
Marketing & Communications Committee
Board Liaison: Lidia Varesco Racoma; Co-Chair: Gordon Meyer
The Marketing & Communications Committee is responsible for ensuring that ACN's brand and messaging is consistent in all outreach and across all channels. In 2021, they:
Nonprofit Relations Committee (NPRC)
Board Liaison: Don Raack; Co-Chairs: Paul Cox and Amelia Kohm
NPRC works to widen the nonprofit sector’s awareness of ACN and the resources available to nonprofits by establishing and maintaining partnerships with other nonprofit organizations (e.g., foundations, other associations that serve multiple nonprofits). In 2021 they:
Board Liaison: Jim Javoricic; Co-Chair: David Dow
First and foremost, we have broken our highest membership number on record— including an increase in national members (our membership now represents 15 states).
In 2021, the Membership Committee also launched EMPOWER Groups: members-only forums for similar or complementary groups of professionals to empower each other with a diversity of thinking, knowledge, shared experience, perspective, support, intentional networking, business development, and inspiration.
The first four EMPOWER groups are Administrative Professional Services led by Sam Odishoo of USI Insurance Services, Working Parents led by Megan Angle of Porte Brown, LGBTQ+ led by David Dow of Schooley Mitchell and Grief & Loss led by Lidia Varesco Racoma of Lidia Varesco Design.
"I look forward to the deep-rooted relationships EMPOWER Groups can build." — Fernando Avila, Video Producer, Social Impact Films
ACN Member Anniversaries
Congratulations to our members celebrating anniversaries in 2021. We are grateful for your dedication and participation!
"Being a member of ACN has helped me to make meaningful connections, learn from colleagues, and grow as a consultant. Joining was one of the best decisions I made in 2021!" — Allecia Harley of Prevention Advisory Group
We are only as strong as our membership and we are grateful for the support and participation of our members. Here’s to a successful 2022!
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