|IEA President’s Letter Post 2017 Conference September, 2017
Hello! I find myself still thinking about the recent Conference in San Antonio with a smile on my face. The IEA Board has heard from numerous people that it was the most enjoyable and life-giving Conference that they ever attended. And this in no small part is due to all those who attended. Their presence. Their collegiality. Their openness. Their curiosity. And my thanks to the IEA Board, to Belinda Gore and Jan Shegda, the Conference Chairs, to Sandy Hatmaker, our indominable administrator, and to all the presenters, including Philip Shepherd, Sheva Carr, Sandra Maitri, Terry Saracino, and Marika Borg.
During the Conference, I mentioned that the IEA needs to re-invent itself. And I meant it. The landscape of the Enneagram world is different than it was 2 or 3 years ago. With the Shift Network, IEA Regional Conferences, other ‘independent’ Enneagram-related conferences, and the major teachers traveling the world to teach, the IEA needs to offer something that can’t be obtained elsewhere. Along those lines, the IEA Global Conference offers you the opportunity to see many major teachers in person, in one place, with the opportunity for conversation and discussion. Join us in Cincinnati, Ohio next year from July 19 – 22 at the Westin on Fountain Square. Mark your calendars now!
The IEA Board sees the need to reinvent itself as an exciting opportunity, and we have a lot of innovative ideas. Some we’ve already begun to create and implement. Others will require a little time. And perhaps your help. New forthcoming innovations include:
As for IEA Conferences, we also have some new and exciting ideas in the works.
I also want to announce that our Scholarship Fund is off to a resounding start. We were able to help 5 people attend this year’s Conference – people who otherwise would not have been able to attend. And Conference attendees generously donated $1,653.60 to the Fund. To keep the Fund growing, visit our website and contribute what you can. Thanks.
All of these changes are the result of what you told us you want and need. More than 450 of you responded to our Membership survey and this was incredibly helpful. Thank you!! And many, many thanks to Anna-Lena Wihlborg in Sweden for her professional assistance in creating the survey. Without her help, the survey would not have happened!
And finally, as I mentioned at the Conference, WE NEED YOU! The IEA is an organization of its members. Without you, we can’t do anything. So if you’re willing, you can help make these changes happen by:
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