Friday, March 23, 2012

2012: A Great Year for Women in SharePoint DC

Message from Michelle Strah, WSPDC Outgoing President:

As we celebrate the start of a new year and all the possibilities and opportunities 2012 has for all of us, it’s time to look at the past and plan our way forward as a community.

It has been a distinct honor to serve as President of Women in SharePoint DC since our inception in 2010 and watch the community grow from a handful of founders and members pulling together the first women in technology group for Microsoft technologies, to monthly technical events, dozens of sponsors, and national conference sponsorship, attendance and recognition.

Since our merger with FEDSPUG in September 2011, we have grown to be the largest SharePoint user group in the nation and have provided industry leading seminars on SharePoint for Government on behalf of Microsoft Corporation.

In addition, one of our stated goals was to provide effective professional development and mentoring opportunities for women in technology, and part of this is encouraging future leaders in technology to step forward and take the reins.

I am very happy to announce that effective February 1, 2012, Rima Reyes (currently VP of WSPDC and Technical Consultant at Hewlett Packard) will assume the title and responsibilities of President of Women in SharePoint DC. She has enthusiastically taken on every role since the group’s inception from volunteer, to marketing assistant, to moderator, to vice president and the growth and success of WSPDC is indistinguishable from her contributions.

Quite simply, without Rima, Women in SharePoint DC would not have survived our first year. Her exemplary, organizational, leadership and community management skills have been critical to our growth and I look forward to watching how she grows the group even further as an integral special interest group of FEDSPUG.

Please join me in congratulating Rima as well as wishing all women in technology a fantastic 2012. I look forward to seeing you all at the March 2012 WSPDC Career Development Panel!

Best regards,
Marie-Michelle Strah, PhD
Past President, Women in SharePoint DC http://womeninspdc.org
Federal Program Manager, Applied Information Sciences http://www.appliedis.com

Message from Rima Reyes, WSPDC Incoming President:

I am both delighted and honored to be WSPDC's new President! Working side by side with Michelle Strah over the past 2 years has been an amazing experience, one of which I am truly grateful for. I have learned the intricate details (and hard work!) of running a technical user group from Michelle and promise you that 2012 will be one to remember, full of innovative events catered to our members.

As always, thank you for being a member. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I look forward to see you at our events this year!

Regards,
Rima Reyes

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