Membership Engagement: I believe we can improve considerably within this area by focusing on the grassroots levels and developing our leadership programs to identify and encourage new leaders. We can also better promote existing events and increase the number of local and regional events to create a variety of in-person and virtual events to supplement and complement other PASS events (Summit, SQLRally, and SQLSaturday) and reach more database professionals throughout the world.
Languages: We have many existing and potential members whose primary language is not English. We need to hold events and have other resources available in local languages to fully engage these members. While this is already starting to happen, I would like to see these efforts enhanced. If we want to engage a more diverse cultural membership, we need to do it on their terms. This can include promoting multilingual communications about PASS events (in English and local languages), increasing the number of language-specific Virtual Chapters, and creating a more language-oriented PASS website.
New Presenters program: Becoming a PASS presenter can be a very rewarding experience. However, it can be challenging for new speakers, in the early days, to find opportunities to develop their presenting skills. I would like to see a program specially devised to help nurture these new presenters, help them find more opportunities to present, and ultimately help them become our future experienced presenters.
Neil's BoD application.