The Board of Directors of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has decided to open the remote attendance option for chapter meetings to anyone who would like to take advantage of this option. The option was always open to people who were not in the Kentucky – Indiana area so that they could attend remotely. The Board has decided to make this option available to our primary customer base as well.
“We realize that the business environment is changing, and our customer and member demands are changing right along with it” says Aaron Whittenberger, Vice President of Professional Development. He added “this action is in response to those changing needs.” Vice President of Marketing and Communication, Bill Powers noted “we are all busy and not everyone has the time to go somewhere to attend a meeting but may have the time to attend remotely”.
“This will remove the face-to-face networking that has always been part of our meeting” added Kathy Leigh, President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. She added “but not everyone wants that.” The Board makes this change realizing that it cuts down the time commitment of attendees. Attendees can be online at 6:20 p.m. (Eastern time) to hear chapter news and the presentation topic of the meeting. So, it cuts out the first 20 minutes of networking time and drive time.
For those that wish to network, our groups will continue to physically meet in Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro and Burlington, VT. For those that don't want to network or want reduced time commitment, the remote option is available.
The idea was originally brought to the Board in September by Vice President of Sponsorship LeShai Phelps. The Board discussed it and tabled it to gain further feedback. They found desire to have this option. Some participants say that even though they like to attend in person, having a fall back option when they can’t get to the place or don’t have the time is a nice option.
Chapter meeting registrants will now be asked if they intend to attend in person or remotely during the registration process. This is done just so the remote attendee link can be sent to those who want it. Aaron noted that this opens our programs on where we can pull participants from geographically. We had over 60 people participate in our study groups this year; half of them were not in the Kentucky, Indiana, Vermont geographic regions. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is hoping this brings value to their participants and they see increased attendance at chapter meetings.