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Board Transition: Jacob's Final Thoughts

Monday, March 12, 2018 2:02 PM | Kevin Smith (Administrator)

Board Transition: Jacob’s Final Thoughts
By: Jacob Burris, ATD-MAC Past President

As I prepare to move off the ATD Madison Area Chapter Board for good, I cannot help but reflect on my experience in my nearly four years as an ATD Board member.  Originally, I took a Board position to network and boy, has it paid off in that respect! I’ve had the privilege of working with amazing people, dedicated fully to the Madison chapter. Each year, the Board asks the essential questions, “What’s Important Now?”, “What Do Our Members Want?”  “What Can We Do Better?”  This honest analysis and focus on Chapter members is what has made my experience unforgettable. On top of that, I’ve been able to connect month after month with the best and brightest our community has to offer. Madison is a smart town, and each month is like having a short course for FREE. I’ll confess that attending events for free was another initial draw, and that too has paid off in dividends. Lastly, serving on the Board has given me renewed perspective on what it means to serve. Being a board member is not a particularly taxing time commitment.  Yet, it does require showing up and being present, even when there are demands back at work. It means influencing without power while at the same time being influenced and advocating for member ideas or concerns. And it means caring, and surrounding yourself with others who care. I can attest that whatever challenges faced us as a Board and Chapter – I never doubted that everyone in the room really, really cared.

Spring is a time of change and this spring we will be filling open Board positions in the President – Elect role, VP of Programming, VP of Administration, & VP of Membership as my colleagues currently in these roles also complete their years of service. Additionally, we’ve had a fantastic response since our Kick Off meeting in January for volunteers. We’re always looking for someone to help out – even small things like helping set up at an event. I encourage anyone who has thought about getting involved to reach out to Marc DeCarli, President – Elect, and make your voice heard.

 It has been an honor and a privilege – thank you.


Jacob Burris, Past President

Jacob Burris has been in the training space for over a decade, working with clients nationally and internationally, and facilitating to diverse business groups.  He’s an expert in onboarding, customer service, sales, leadership, virtual training and e-Learning design.  He also is a firm believer that when we’re through learning, we’re through.

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