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The LeaderSHPE View, 1st Edition

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Hello Familia! And welcome to the first edition of The LeaderSHPE View!

You may be familiar with the CEO Corner articles that were published once a month under Raquel and Miguel’s tenure. Similarly, after six months in my new role as CEO, I am eager to start communicating more directly with members and stakeholders about the state of SHPE, current events, organizational vision, and even some personal thoughts and philosophies.

But I want to make sure you are hearing not only from me, but other leaders from SHPE’s executive team. So The LeaderSHPE View is an avenue to start publishing key organizational voices in a more casual way. Our goal is to keep you – our members, supporters, and advocates – informed while giving you real insight into the incredible people behind SHPE’s C-suite. We are so excited for y’all to get to know us better!

And this monthly column is just one part of an overall executive communications strategy. As you may have heard, we are starting a podcast in July! I’ll be interviewing industry experts and featuring member stories on a monthly basis. We aim to provide enlightening and inspirational content that will help bring your STEM journey to the next level. We believe Hispanics belong at the highest levels of leadership in our corporate and academic institutions, and SHPE wants to get you there with real-life examples of success.

We’ll also continue to hold our quarterly Town Halls – or, as we’ll be calling them moving forward, Familia Meetings. We’ll use this forum to solicit feedback and thoughts from our members on important issues and current events relevant to SHPE. While we’ll usually feature a brief presentation from a SHPE staff or board member, we’ll always have a Q&A component so that we can hear directly from you. Keep an eye out for digital invitations on our socials and emails, and make sure you RSVP.

Lastly, if you’re interested in more personal, opinion-based, fun content, please connect with me on LinkedIn. I’ll be digging deeper into the concepts presented here, on The LeaderSHPE View, and as discussed on our podcast. I’ll also be posting about some of my favorite things, and as a self-proclaimed foodie, you know there’s going to be good eats. I’ve got some grilling recipes that will blow your mind! And I’ll be responding directly to comments and questions on these posts, hopefully opening up a more free flowing dialog between me and our members. I truly look forward to these conversations to come!

Now that I’ve given you a sense of what to expect from your executive team moving forward, I’m going to already deviate from this carefully laid-out plan. While The LeaderSHPE View will usually be published on a monthly schedule, in June there will be two! So, check out our June 29th SHPE Nation issue for the next installment where y’all will learn a little more about my personal leadership philosophy, and why I think it compliments SHPE’s mission so well.

Until then, take good care, Familia!

Chris Wilkie
CEO, SHPE