Get ready for the chapter leadership event of the year!

APRIL 21–22, 2021
Noon ET to 4:45 p.m. ET

For more than 20 years, SMPS HQ has hosted an annual event for incoming chapter presidents: the Presidents’ Leadership Symposium. Starting in 2020, we’ve enhanced the program to provide training for both incoming chapter presidents and chapter program leads.

This premier event focuses on developing the leadership skills of chapter board leaders and ensuring an awareness of the resources available to chapters through SMPS HQ.

For 2021, all CLS sessions will be made available on-demand to all chapter volunteers following CLS.


The committee members have developed content-rich programming that will elevate your CLS experience, providing you both professional and personal growth opportunities.

Meet the committee and hear their thoughts on CLS and beyond!


The Society president’s SMPS story

In 2000, I attended PLS (now CLS) in Annapolis, MD. It was my fourth year as an SMPS member of SMPS Houston. Clearly, it was a long time ago and, as a 30-year-old, I was a novice in professional organizations much less leading a board of directors. When I walked into that first PLS meeting, I only knew one person in the room. I was terrified, intimidated, and generally clueless about what to expect.

But, then SMPS did what SMPS does. I was embraced by the HQ team, the PLS leadership team, and (most importantly) my fellow PEs. The next few days were a blur of information and experiences (some requiring Vegas rules).

I left PLS with an entirely new world of resources–from connections in every state accessible with a phone call to newly formed skills that helped me lead my chapter to relationships that long ago transcended my professional life and resulted in trusted confidants to this day.

Simply put, the experience of PLS changed my life. Come open and ready for it to do the same for you.

– Doug Parker, FSMPS, CPSM
SMPS 2020-21 President
CLS 2021 Committee
Principal
Elevate Marketing Advisors


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Code of Conduct

CLS 2021 Committee

Quinn Texmo, CPSM

CLS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Quinn Texmo, CPSM

Business Development

Turner Construction Company

Laura Ewan, CPSM

CLS COMMITTEE INCOMING CHAIR

Laura Ewan, CPSM

Director of Marketing and Communications

Hickok Cole

Ree Miskimon, CPSM

CLS INCOMING CHAIR

Ree Miskimon, CPSM

Doug Parker, FSMPS, CPSM

SMPS President, BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

Doug Parker, FSMPS, CPSM

Principal

Elevate Marketing Advisors

Bernice Bako, FSMPS, MBA

SMPS President-Elect, BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

Bernice Bako, FSMPS, MBA

Director, Global Development

Turner Construction


“The event equipped me with the tools and resources I have needed throughout my presidency. I am so grateful for my experience and for meeting so many great individuals along the way!” –Shannon Stewart, 2019-20 president and program lead, SMPS Inland Empire

 

Questions? Contact Julio Santos, SMPS HQ Component Relations Manager at julio@smps.org or Natalie Gozzard, M.Ed., SMPS HQ Vice President, Component Relations at natalie@smps.org