From left: Ellen Fultz, Arlene Greenfield, Jeannie Becka, Debbie Bower,
Sheila McHale, Laura Brege, Stacia Taylor, Barbara Strom Thompson, Dorothy Schey, Barbara Schoonover, and Charlotte Eufinger. Photo provided by WIP
A two-day WIP strategy meeting was held in Bonita Springs, Florida, thanks to hostess and WIP Treasurer Sheila McHale. The decision to hold the strategy session was based on a number of new happenings for WIP. The organization welcomed new WIP Chair, Arlene F. Greenfield (elected July 19, 2012) and WIP will celebrate 10 years as an official organization on Nov. 8, 2013. In light of all the new changes, the WIP Executive Committee thought it was time to conduct a thorough assessment of the program in order to be able to move WIP forward.
Dr. Judith Millesen, associate professor at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, facilitated the meeting. Dr. Millesen is the director of the University’s Master’s of Public Affairs programs and is the founder of the Regional Nonprofit Alliance, an organization dedicated to strengthening non-profit organizations in rural Appalachia by providing online resources, affordable workshops and hands-on help. She provided articles and a short video to all participants for review prior to the start of the meeting.
Twelve participants attended the meeting, including two representatives from University Advancement, a representative from OHIO's Chillicothe Campus, and nine WIP members representing four colleges or units, honorary alumnae, and the Foundation Board.
Numerous issues were discussed at the meeting including the ways in which WIP serves as a gateway for many women and point of entry or re-entry to OHIO.
Other issues discussed at the meeting included:
- Developing a WIP business plan;
- Undertaking the task of putting more focus on marketing and messaging;
- Looking into re-defining a plan of how to collaborate with other areas of Ohio University;
- Prioritizing events: “We need to be able to defend what we have chosen; efficiency over responsiveness. One good thing over another good thing," said Dr. Millesen;
- Aligning WIP according to the following definition: “the process of adjusting parts so that they are in proper relative position”;
- Focusing on helping students be "career-ready" and form good life skills;
- Continuing to value leadership and networking;
- And continuing to train students to be philanthropic through time, talent and treasure.
Some teams have already been formed to begin work on the business plan as well as WIP's enhanced focus on marketing and messaging. Other issues will be prioritized and WIP members will be called upon to provide input and leadership to address ongoing concerns.
The WIP strategy meeting reinforced what WIP has done well in the past ten years -- built a solid foundation upon which they will continue to enhance and move toward the next level.
Dr. Judith Millesen (head of table); From left: Debbie Bower, Arlene Greenfield, Sheila McHale, Ellen Fultz, Joyce Atwood & Charlotte Eufinger; From right: Jeannie Becka, Laura Brege, Stacia Taylor, Barbara Strom Thompson & Barbara Schoonover.