Getting involved by serving on a committee or task force is a great way to expand your network, gain valuable leadership skills and increase your personal and organizational visibility within the industry. Volunteer work allows professionals to build skills they may not have the opportunity to develop in their current job. Not only do volunteers learn more about the Society’s inner workings but they also gain knowledge and perspective from other committee members. Volunteering often leads to public recognition of your efforts and is a great way to make your mark if your current job doesn’t allow for much outward-facing interaction within the industry.
SSP has an active base of volunteers. Nearly 25% of our membership dedicates their time to helping SSP be successful in one way or another. We have a number of standing committees and active task forces where members can lend their expertise and time. Those interested in getting involved can learn more on our website, or can attend the Get Involved Luncheon at the 2019 SSP Annual Meeting, May 31 in San Diego. At the luncheon you’ll hear from each of the chairs about the types of activities each committee is responsible for. It’s always helpful to see what you are getting yourself into.
Committee appointments (one-year terms, renewable) are typically made in June/July shortly after the Annual Meeting. The first step is to complete our online volunteer form. As a committee member, you should expect to spend 2-3 hours per month assisting with SSP projects and programs.
Committee chair(s) for the committee(s) or task force(s) you indicate you would be willing to serve will be provided with your contact information. All committee member appointments are approved by the President. We do have limited committee seats available, but there is turnover on our committees every year.