Member Voices

SMPS invited leaders of different generations to share their experiences and perspectives to contribute to our community’s conversations on racism and its impact on our personal and professional settings.

A Seat at the Table

  • As I look across the ranks, do I see me? It is, unfortunately, a common thought by people of color in the corporate world. That idea has traveled with me as a member of SMPS for the last 20 years. After two decades in the organization, I had to think a couple of years ago if I wanted to become an SMPS Fellow and what it would mean to me personally. I wondered aloud if SMPS was the association I wanted to continue a connection. I questioned this even though I’ve been an active member, a chapter president, served on Society committees, and presented at regional conferences.

    Article written by Kim Thompkins, FSMPS, CPSM, incoming at-large director for the Society’s board of directors.

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From Struggle to Superpower

  • The last couple of months have been challenging for most of us. They certainly have been for me. As I’ve struggled to remain hopeful and optimistic in the face of a global pandemic and economic meltdown unlike the world has ever seen, an endless stream of negative headlines has dominated my news feed. I’ve read countless news clips and articles highlighting all the worst parts of life in Black America.

    Article written by Damion Morris, CPSM, president of SMPS Los Angeles and proposal manager for PCL Construction.

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