PPAI’s Regional Association Council (RAC) board met February 19-21 at PPAI Headquarters in Irving, Texas, for a strategic planning and training meeting with the Association’s regional relations group.
“The Regional Association Council is now 10 years old,” says Michele Packard-Milam, CAE, director of member and regional relations at PPAI. “The first five years were about regionals uniting together. The next five years, through the affiliate program, were about regionals uniting with PPAI. We are now entering the next phase where regionals can succeed through synergy by sharing their best practices and essential skills.”
The meeting included a strategic planning session, along with RAC Guru Camp, where the 12 board members learned how to become “local gurus” to the associations in their districts. In addition Jeffrey Cufaude of Ideas Architect offered instructor training for professionals who presented at The Expo and Leadership Development Workshop. Cufaude is a recognized leader in the design and facilitation of provocative learning and strategy development experiences.
RAC President Kendra Kirks McDougal, MAS, says her personal motto for the council this year is “one vision.”
“All the RAC board is truly becoming more grassroots,” she says. “That means more communication, more hands-on. We’ll have templates and toolkits and other efforts to support the regionals.”