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Tuesday, November 15

Call for Leadership! 2017 Chapter Leadership Opportunities

Nina Nguyen
Manager, Communications and Membership, NASW Illinois Chapter

Submit a Nomination: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/2017-board-of-directors-nomination-form/ 

2017 Leadership Recruitment Packet

The NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors is looking for YOU!

Do you want to make a difference for social workers in Illinois and beyond? Do you have expertise in a particular method or field of social work practice? Do you have a unique perspective that you believe is under-represented? Joining the NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors is a great way to implement change, share your knowledge, and voice your opinions! Consider getting involved in your professional association, or or nominating a colleague for a leadership position.

The 2017 Leadership Recruitment Packet is now available to download. The packet further outlines in great detail the importance of leadership and the requirements of elected leadership. Please consider getting involved in your professional association, or or nominating a colleague for a leadership position. Nomination forms can be submitted online here. The deadline is March 1, 2017, so be sure to nominate someone today!

"Serving on the NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors is a unique opportunity that enables social workers to network with social work leaders and members around the state, and at the same build up one’s list of contacts as well as advance one’s own professional standing. Serving on the NASW Illinois Board of Directors also brings visibility and exposure to your organization and/or practice. A board position also helps develop and apply one’s leadership skills and make a difference by being involved in advocacy efforts that impact social workers statewide. I encourage members to learn more about how a potential leadership position in your professional association can enhance your own professional standing as well as the status of the social work profession." —Joel L. Rubin, MSW, CAE, NASW Illinois Chapter Executive Director

When I was initially approached with the offer to run for district chair, I thought it would be just another set of meetings to attend, and I did not know how I could possibly fit any more meetings or responsibility in to my schedule. But, the reality was far from what I had imagined. The reality became an enriching and overwhelmingly positive experience! I have gained not only leadership training, but friendships throughout my district and state.” —Candi Gray, Former Board Member

"Not only have I gained more knowledge regarding the issues and concerns of social workers within the state of Illinois, but I have developed additional resources, gained new friendships, and expanded my networks. Serving on the board has afforded me the opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills in the areas of advocacy and legislation, thus connecting the work of the NASW Illinois Chapter to the work that is being done in the field.—Chasity Wells-Armstrong, Former Board Member

"As an NASW Illinois Chapter Board Member, I have been fortunate enough to connect with colleagues that I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to meet, thus expanding my personal and professional community. My experience as a board member has provided me with the experience to continue to grow and learn as a professional social worker and make a difference." —Mary Garrison, Former Board Member

"Being an NASW Illinois Chapter Board  Member has provided me with a unique opportunity to be part of the decision-making process in a profession that is in constant evolution. It has also allowed me to be instrinsically involved with what matters to our constituency and to make a difference. Furthermore, this involvement has given me the opportunity to meet wonderful people in the field and enhance my professional growth." —Monica Guilhot-Chartrand, Calumet District Chair

"Serving as a board member has given me the opportunity to work closely with chapter leadership and contribute to the social work profession. I’ve had a chance to connect with a greater number of colleagues that have been very generous with sharing their concerns as well as ideas to continue having a vigorous organization and seasoned professionals." —Grisel Rodriguez-Morales, Chicago District Chair 


"I joined the board not knowing what to expect. I thought, “What business do I have sitting at the decision-making table? I’m just a student.” Yet my board experience has been eye-opening. The conversations are dynamic and the issues pressing. Being both surrounded by and associated with professional social workers passionately advocating for clients and fellow social workers on the local, state, and national levels has made me feel connected to the social work profession like never before." —Taha Zaffar, Former Undergraduate Student Representative

Click here to nominate yourself or someone else today! 

Posted on 11/15/16 at 03:36 PM


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