December SMPS-KC Update Print

President's Report

The holiday season has begun! What a time to reflect on this past year and give thanks and gratitude for the blessings that we can still find despite the current challenges facing the country.


I’m grateful for the technologies that are available so that I can stay connected to so many people who are important to me. Whether it’s a Zoom call to a trusted colleague across the country, to an email chain with other SMPS presidents, to a virtual wine night with my girlfriends, to a goofy text string with my family, thank goodness we still have ways to immediately connect with people we care about. This month, please be sure to embrace those connections. It’s a time of year when we need people the most. And they likely need to hear from you, too.  


There is NOTHING wrong with seeking support in rocky, stressful times. Our potential feelings of instability or being ‘off kilter’ are valid after the year we’ve had. It’s at these times when we must lean on each other. Our friends. Our colleagues. Our families Our networks. Even our connections within SMPS.  


Which brings me to SMPS-Kansas City.  I am in awe of the passion our board of directors has for delivering great programming and resources to our SMPS-Kansas City chapter members. We have had to adapt to so many different circumstances since last March. I am proud of the programming we’ve brought forward through the course of this year, and we have a lot more in store in the months ahead. We are pledging to keep our virtual events free or at a nominal cost for our members, so that they can easily access additional knowledge and ideas for their day-to-day jobs. Be sure to stay in touch with us on social media and we’ll keep the great events coming.


Plus, SMPS is more than just a professional organization -- it’s a tremendous place to grow your networks, tap into expertise and even gain new friendships which can provide support for your careers. The more you put into it, the more you’ll receive in return. Trust me, I’ve experienced this firsthand this year.  


It's December, and it’s a joyous time of year. Let’s be intentional about seeking out that joy and staying connected. Let’s relish the connections we’ve made over the years and leverage the technologies at our disposal, until we can all gather again in person.  I hope all of you have a very happy holiday season and a Happy New Year!


Jen Lerner


SMPS-Kansas City

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Calendar of Events

Memory Power - Dec. 15

In today's business world, having the ability to remember names and faces, beat absentmindedness, and recall facts and figures puts you at the head of the pack. In this fun-filled hour, you will learn time-tested techniques for recalling names, speaking without notes, and gaining control of your day without fear of forgetting. When you are skilled in memory all your other skills get better.

Free for Members, $25 for Non Members
Held Virtually Dec. 15, 12-1pm
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Virtual Coffee Connections

Let's put a bow on 2020 and wrap up the year together! Get motivated to close out 2020 strong while getting some food for thought on what positive change you want to make as we all start to form our individual and team plans for 2021. Be sure to bring any other burning questions you might have for your peers, no matter the topic. Attendees will be entered to win a holiday gift from SMPS-KC!

Free for All Attendees
Held Virtually Dec. 17, 8-9am
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Mark Your Calendars

Our SMPS Missouri Valley Regional Conference dates have changed! Check out our announcement below. @SMPS_STL @SMPSKC @SMPSOzarks @SMPSNebraska @SMPSWichita

— SMPS MVRC (@SMPSMVRC) November 20, 2020 ">Our SMPS Missouri Valley Regional Conference Dates have changed! 

Our SMPS Missouri Valley Regional Conference dates have changed! Check out our announcement below. @SMPS_STL @SMPSKC @SMPSOzarks @SMPSNebraska @SMPSWichita

— SMPS MVRC (@SMPSMVRC) November 20, 2020 ">here to view the announcement!

Event Invitation from SMPS-St. Louis

Join SMPS - St. Louis for this interactive workshop, where attendees will share what is working and not working with current networking and business development processes. National Speaker, Sandi Ballard will share some BEST PRACTICES, reminders and TIPS, on how to stary relevant, find the right groups and continue networking purposefully. 

$10 for SMPS Members, $25 for Non Members
Held Virtually Dec. 18, 9-10a
RSVP here

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