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At the recent 2017 Planning Meeting of CompTIA Community and Council leaders in Kansas City, Missouri, over 50 council and community leaders, representing 13 of the 18 groups, came together to brainstorm on key issues facing the industry and where they plan to focus their efforts in 2017.
With some of the channel's most respected individuals contributing to the discussion, the sessions were enlightening and highly productive. In fact, the communities and councils came up with several innovative prospects they will discuss in more detail with their respective members in the coming weeks. Here is a sneak peek at some of the objectives they laid out for the coming year:
In many cases, these objectives may be incorporated in each individual group’s own member initiatives and/or become part of CompTIA’s broad portfolio of education, research, events, websites, case studies and channel resources. CEB members will take these ideas and conversations back to their respective Communities, and use them as a framework when they build out their own specific 2017 objectives.
The first collective leadership meeting was, in a word, electric. Even as the members started getting their bags together to head for the airport, the room continued to buzz with ideas and activity. That’s the feeling collaboration elicits, especially among those who serve a similar purpose with closely aligned goals. While some may compete outside CompTIA meeting room walls, those rivalries are, for the most part, set aside when they assume an industry leadership role. Their objectives become virtually the same as every other member in the room (and the association): strengthening and growing the technology ecosystem.
Every member has the same opportunity. Ready to lead the way or offer insight and support to the IT industry? Get started today by joining one of the ten current CompTIA communities and attend their next online meeting. Those who get involved may decide to eventually run for chair, co-chair or the executive board. If you want to make a difference in your industry, the opportunity is there…and you never know where it will take you.
Annette Taber is Vice President of Industry Strategies for CompTIA.