As 2016 draws to a close, my two-year term as IEA President and my six-year term on the IEA Board are also coming to an end. Next week I will be rolling off the Board and passing the IEA President torch to Curt Micka. I’m very happy to report that once again, we’re experiencing a very smooth transition and I’m excited to see Curt step into this leadership position.
On our December IEA Board call, I was missing Peter McNab who completed his six-year Board term with the previous month’s call As we were doing our usual “check-ins,” I felt sadness in knowing how much I will miss being a part of the monthly calls and will especially miss the two in-person Board meetings that take place each year. However, I’m deeply satisfied that I’m leaving such an incredibly strong, dedicated, and hard-working team: Curt Micka, Belinda Gore, Kathryn Grant, Mette Lauesen, Leslie Hershberger, Patrick Kayrooz, Juan Antonio Martinez, Carla Smith, Tina Tornell, Brian Mitchell-Walker, Earl Wagner, Bart Wendell (welcome to Bart who very recently joined the Board), and our incredible admin support, Sandy Hatmaker. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know and work with these and other delightful and dedicated Board members over the years.
I am also extremely grateful for our entire IEA global community. During my six years on the Board, I’ve witnessed what seems to be an exponential growth toward our IEA vision of “a world in which the Enneagram is widely understood and constructively used.” Thanks to all of you who are doing such transformative work with the Enneagram in so many different ways and in so many different places around the globe. We are stewards of this very powerful tool and I firmly believe that we are making a much needed difference in the world with its many applications.
I also believe that as fellow stewards of the Enneagram, our international Enneagram community is important, and I encourage you to engage actively with it. If you have the idea that your IEA membership is only “useful” for getting an IEA conference registration discount, I’d like to ask you to rethink that. Membership in the IEA sends a signal to the world that you are part of an international community of Enneagram practitioners and enthusiasts committed to excellence in their personal and professional practices. It shows that you find value in fellowship with people who share your commitment to the development of wisdom, understanding, and compassion for self and others.
As an IEA member, you have your own personal profile on the IEA website which you can manage and update. I encourage you to take full advantage of making yourself known, not only within the IEA community, but to the outside world with your IEA membership at the Professional level. Place your Enneagram events on the IEA calendar for all to see, share your Enneagram work through IEA’s NinePoints, and gather and network with each other at the IEA Global Conference and/or at IEA Regional Conferences.
Speaking from my own personal experience, I can truly say that my work with the Enneagram, both personally and professionally, has been greatly enriched by the opportunities that have come through my involvement and participation in the IEA. While I will no longer be on the IEA Board beginning in 2017, I plan to continue my IEA Professional Membership, my IEA Accreditation, and my active involvement with the IEA community, certainly at conferences as well as through other networking, and I invite you to do the same. Hope to see you in San Antonio, Texas, USA for the July IEA Global Conference and in Helsinki, Finland for the September IEA European Conference!
I will be stepping into 2017, open to what might want to arise – embracing a time of regeneration, reinvention and renewal. In addition to rolling off the IEA Board, I’ve recently resigned my faculty position with the Enneagram Institute. I’m deeply grateful for my teachers and mentors, Don Riso and Russ Hudson, for the experiences I’ve had teaching in the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Professional Training Program, and for the engagement I’ve had with so many beautiful people through that program. I will continue my other Enneagram teaching engagements as I explore new and arising opportunities.
May 2017 be a time in which our Enneagram community grows and thrives and a time in which we continue to find ways to support each other in the transformative work that we are doing with the Enneagram. I want to once again express my personal appreciation and gratitude to our IEA Founders and visionaries: Helen Palmer, David Daniels, Don Riso, Russ Hudson, Patrick O’Leary, Jerry Wagner, Andreas Ebert, Maria Beesing, Kathy Hurley, and Theodorre Donson. Thank you for creating and nurturing this community over the years. More than ever, I believe that we need our Enneagram community and the world is in need of our work!
Blessings to all,
President, IEA Board of Directors