National Training Program
A Message from the President
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support throughout the year and a half I have been FEW’s National President. It has indeed been a rewarding, though demanding, journey.
As many of you know over the last several years decisions which have been made at our representative agencies have impacted our organization in ways that make it difficult to utilize our National Training Program as we have in the past. Since training is one of our four focus areas we remain resolute in our determination to continue to provide you, our dedicated members, with the training to which you have become accustomed throughout the years, regardless of the challenges we face.
What does this mean for you? It means that, for the foreseeable future, we will be delivering training through various means – webinars, virtual online training, and through traditional classroom teaching (free and fee-based). We are working with our sponsors and partners to define sessions which will be best suited for you as you progress through your career. It also means that we, collectively, need to continually look for ways to maintain FEW as a viable and sustainable organization, increasing our membership and our reach at any level in either the public or private sector.
What changes are coming? As mentioned above, changes in the way training and travel are reviewed by our various agencies has dictated that we take a long, hard look at our training model. In that regard, the National Board of Directors (NBOD) has determined that the 2014 National Training Program will not be held in Las Vegas nor will it be held in conjunction with Blacks In Government as previously planned. This decision by the NBOD did not come easy and much thought has gone into determining the best alternatives available to holding a physical training event at a much-publicized venue while also considering continued sequestration, potential furloughs and “conference” spending scrutiny.
What do you need to do? Take charge and become the master of your career destiny; plan for the future by engaging in training now. “What do you mean – take charge of my career? Isn’t that my manager/supervisor’s job?” The answer to that question is a resounding “No!” Investing in your career is your job as those skills you learn today don’t stay with your employer, rather they follow you wherever you go or grow. EMPOWER yourself and the power will be all yours.
How can you help? We need to hear from you in order to discern the best approach for your career development and in order to target the training offerings to your specific needs.
Stay tuned to your email and the FEW website as we look to provide those tools you can use to grow and flourish in whatever career you choose, whether you choose to move up, move around, or stay right where you are. I look forward to hearing from you!
FEW National President
Questions, Comments, Words of Wisdom? We'd love to hear them.
NTP 2014- Sue Webster - Chair
Marion Stevens, Co-Chair