Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Message From the Chairman: Identifying New Opportunities for 2016

I can't help but think about the mental exercise I subject myself to each year when welcoming in a New Year! Did I accomplish what I set out to accomplish; is my desk any less void of paper and piles than last year; is my calendar synced in all my electronic devices; did I find time to read a favorite book? The list goes on ... Welcoming in the New Year provides us, including the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) an opportunity for reflection on the previous year, a chance to inventory and assess our current work and vision for the wealth of possibilities that come with a New Year and a road map in place.

In 2015, NPC launched a five-year strategic plan, NPC's road map. It builds on the tremendous work accomplished previously through intentional strategic planning. The current strategic plan proposes direction for NPC keeping in mind our mission, vision and values.

The plan has three strategic focuses, each supported by key objectives, strategies and tactics:
  1. Educational support: Focus on education, support and development of best practices for College and Alumnae Panhellenics, advisors and the professionals who partner with us.
  2. Growth management: Focus on providing resources, services and guidance through the work of our trained volunteers and staff.
  3. Marketing and outreach: Focus on reaching internal and external audiences, contributing to the development of women and sharing the purpose, vision and impact of our work.
With January here and a New Year ahead, we find ourselves revisiting our personal road maps. Similarly, the NPC Strategic Planning Committee, staff and leadership are revisiting the first year of the 2015-20 strategic plan -- celebrating accomplishments, assessing tactics, determining course adjustments and identifying new opportunities for 2016.

We highly encourage our College and Alumnae Panhellenics to begin their New Year by exploring the value found in intentional strategic planning, if not already doing so. Seek out individuals in your communities to assist in the process, and use the wealth of resources available to execute the development of a strategic plan. 


From my less cluttered desk this year than last ... best wishes for a productive, successful and meaningful 2016.


Donna C. King
Chairman 2015-17