Running for board seat at-large
About your work: After spending nearly seven years with Fraud Magazine, I recently went out on my own and I now tackle contract writing and editing projects.
How long have you been an ACES member? Three years
How have you contributed to ACES: I've written for the Tracking Changes newsletter, was recently a webcast speaker, and I've attended ACES conferences, now both in person and virtually. I regularly attend bootcamps, I engage in Twitter chats, and I enjoyed the ACES virtual networking event at last year's online conference.
Why you feel you are the best candidate for this position: I spent the last 6 1/2 years working at an association, so I know the ins and outs of association management and success. I love the ACES community and would be fully committed to serving and listening to the members. Now that I'm self-employed, I'd like to dedicate my time to the people who've helped me become a better writer and editor.
What you envision for ACES during your tenure: When I applied last year, I talked about how I'd like to see more community engagement. Now, in our virtual world, I'd like to work toward creating more online networking opportunities. As we continue to communicate across computer screens, I'd like to help build more engagement and conversation between likeminded ACES professionals. Maybe when we are free to wander the world again, we can look to creating local chapters and community meetups.
What is one thing about ACES that you would like to improve, and what ideas do you have on how to improve it? ACES members are some of the friendliest and most helpful people in the industry, but I think new members can feel a little lost at the beginning. ACES could provide more networking and community initiatives for new members early on—a yearly new member networking event (virtually for now), a new member-focused Twitter chat, and/or new member highlights or profiles on the blog or in the newsletter are some ideas that immediately come to mind. Let's connect new members with the rest of the community earlier and create more meaningful experiences from the beginning so they immediately feel excited to be part of this valuable association.