Executive Director's Corner- Allie French
Sep 30, 2019
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell
It begins as kids when we are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was always to be an elementary school teacher. At the time of graduation, there wasn’t anything else that piqued my interest, so I went with it. I put the time and hard work in and saw that journey through, all the way up to getting my license. I learned quickly that I hated the job and all it would ever be to me was, just a job. But, instead of letting this realization have a negative impact on my life, I chose to look at it as a redirection. At this point, you’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with IEC. I decided to take the untraveled path that lead me to writing this article today. The path that allowed me to become part of IEC as a part time employee working 8 hours a week to transitioning into the leadership role of Executive Director.
With a little history on how I got here, and all the guidance and support from our Board of Directors (Thank You Gentlemen!!), I’m very excited to embark on my next chapter here at IEC-NE. I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard, facing the challenges that are going to arise and learning from failures. The team and I will give it our all to bring the most that we can to the association and our members.
September proved to be one of our busiest months of the year as the apprentices settled into their new classes, we provided countless continuing education classes, attended trade shows and so much more. Next week, Joe Fontana and I will be hopping on a plane to attend the IEC National Convention in St. Louis. We are both looking forward to experiencing what convention is all about, attending relatable educational seminars and networking with other industry professional!
We have some great events/trainings coming up so be sure to check the calendar, we don’t want you to miss out! We’d love to have you come throw an ax with us, attend one of the professional development programs or just call to say “Hey”. By no means am I wishing this year away, but before we know it, we will be closing out 2019 and counting down the days to a new decade. We want to bring some fresh ideas and enhancements to the association; you’ll have to stay tuned and watch our 2020 vision unfold.