Letter From the President, November Notice

For 12 years we followed the same routine. We woke up, got ready, caught the bus, went to school, came home, did homework, repeat. We dreamed of the day when we didn’t have to go school or do homework. Finally, after all those years we reached graduation day, tossed our caps in the air and proclaimed to be “done” with our education. But are we every really done with education?

Every day we learn something new – whether it’s the newest technological gadget (or newest version of the iPhone. What number are we on?  I can’t keep up!), what our former high school crush had for lunch (thanks SnapChat), the latest InDesign tips and tricks (because Adobe updates something every week).

Learning is a constant in our culture. So why isn’t it a constant in our professional life? Industry trends and advances are moving faster than ever. If we aren’t keeping up, we are falling behind. So why are we so slow to embrace continuing education (aka Professional Development)?

SMPS’s motto for education is, “enhance your performance, expand your knowledge.” Many of us are trying to not just keep up, but to advance in our careers. SMPS education opportunities provide us the platform to learn, engage, and advance all within our specific roles. At the chapter level, SMPS Nashville has made it our commitment to help our members Flourish this year by offering more education workshops, labs, and programs. Some upcoming education events include:

Embracing continuing education helps keep your knowledge fresh and relevant so your firm can continue to earn the trust of your buyers. Aside from acquiring certifications and maintaining membership in professional societies, seeking out continuing education opportunities can also help your firm attract and develop new business. I encourage you to join in on some of our upcoming education events – learn something new, become inspired, and Flourish!


Kathleen Gunter
SMPS Nashville President

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