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 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE  

Mary Addison-Combs 

CHAPTER PRESIDENT 2022

Dear SEVA ATD Members:

I am honored to serve as the chapter President of the SEVA ATD Chapter. I want to thank Marlo Thomas-Calloway for taking our chapter to great heights of success. Without your dedication and hard work it would not have been possible. Not a single effort of yours will go in vain. I want to welcome each of you to the new year! We will quickly focus on the tremendous excitement and limitless opportunity before us this year and throughout the year in both a healthy and safe manner. Whether you are a new or returning member, I am so pleased that you are part of SEVA ATD. For those who are new, thank you for choosing to be a member!

In the weeks and months to come, you will witness first-hand what defines the SEVA ATD community. And, I cannot wait to experience these special learning and development moments with you as this also marks my first year as the president. For those who are returning, your steadfast commitment to our mission and our chapter does not go unnoticed! This type of dedication and support is so important at a time in which our chapter can be a beacon of light providing information and direction to the world with our focus on learning and development.Today marks the beginning of our adventure together. Over the past months, our chapter has come alive with anticipation and enthusiasm for what the new year will hold for all of us, both as a community and unique individuals. Over the course of the coming year, we will join together in reflecting on the State of the Industry, while also planning for our bold and promising programs. We will continue to identify the many ways in which we can engage our members and demonstrate excellence, as well as transparency and accountability, all while being member-focused in everything we do.

Together, as a caring and inclusive community, we will continue the amazing work we are known for through programs, strategic partnerships, and active community engagement, while also focusing on learning and development efforts and workforce growth, and marketing,branding, and communication. The comprehensive programming, which has been developed over the course of a full year of robust meetings and rich discussions, will bring to life our shared vision of being a member-focused organization. I look forward to engaging with each of you as we move forward!

As we prepare to officially start the new year, you are encouraged to participate in a series of upcoming surveys and forums. Stay tuned to your email, our website and social media pages outlining the dates and times of these forums, which will provide an opportunity for you to engage in a collaborative conversation about the many ways in which we can strengthen our chapter. I believe you are passionate about our chapter and eager to share your thoughts!

With each of you as dedicated SEVA ATD member, I am confident that we will continue to strengthen our beloved chapter and its lasting impact throughout Hampton Roads, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and beyond. Our individual and collective achievements speak volumes about the quality chapter we are blessed to be a part of each and every day. Without question, there is great work happening every day by our members, world-class chapters, and dedicated volunteers. And, by working together, our achievements will only continue to build,with no limit to what we can achieve! Our theme for 2022 is “A New Way Of Thinking – Pathways To Inclusive Change”.

I offer you warmest wishes for a great start to 2022 filled with passion, persistence, and perseverance!

Ms. Mary Addison Combs

SEVA ATD Chapter President

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