Dear AIRIP Members,
I'll begin by saying what a privilege and honor it is to serve as the next President of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals (AIRIP). Rachel Bode, our outgoing President, deserves both an enormous amount of credit and an even bigger thank you. From first identifying the need for AIRIP to the incredible efforts needed to see it through, she has set the stage for intelligence analysts across industries to grow and improve for years to come. Rachel has been a terrific leader and pioneer and her shoes will be impossible to fill. Luckily, Rachel will continue to serve as an AIRIP Board Member where I will certainly lean on her for wise counsel during my term.
Speaking of wonderful leaders, also help me in welcoming Elena Carrington to the leadership team as Vice-President! I've known Elena for a few years and I'll just say that we are extremely lucky to have her. In the coming weeks we hope to pick up where Rachel left off and help take AIRIP to new heights.
So, what will the coming weeks bring for our AIRIP members? For starters, we'll continue to provide thought leadership and great events. We'll be co-hosting a webinar on supply chain risk on September 19th and we have a couple of events planned (details coming soon!) during OSAC week (Tuesday, November 14th). Our mentoring program was a big hit so we're bringing that back and we may add a new twist- a few reverse mentoring opportunities. We're also in the early stages of planning our first ever Global Intelligence Forum which will take place next June in Chicago.
In addition to the training and events that you've been accustomed to, we're looking forward to expanding on our value proposition to create new and exciting opportunities for our members. In order to do this, we're definitely going to need your help! Therefore, we will be recruiting and assembling a team of people who are excited about the organization and committed to its cause- those who can assist with the planning and execution of AIRIP initiatives while also serving as our brand champions. The positions will vary but if you're interested in serving in some capacity, please don't hesitate to let us know right away. Expect to see position descriptions and advertisements in the next few weeks.
In closing, I can't wait to get started and don't hesitate to let Elena or I know how AIRIP can better serve you as intelligence professionals. Additional communications on a variety of AIRIP topics will be coming soon.