National President’s Message

July 2020

We are at the halfway point for 2020. A tragic year, an unsettling year, a year of change. A year that many people are ready to see come to a close with all plans for the future postponed into 2021. But not me. And I hope not you. I recently did a half-year check-in on my goals for this year. I expected them to be way off base, irrelevant, and in no way things I could still have any hope of accomplishing in 2020. But I was wrong. My vision for 2020 on both a personal and a professional level is still relevant, and I realized that I have been working in every area listed – though in many cases not in the way I expected to get there. So, the goals are the same, but the path to reach them is twisting and turning and changing every step of the way.

Where are you with your vision for 2020? What steps can you take now to maximize the next six months so that you can end this year exactly where you want to be? If that involves tweaks or wholesale changes to your goals, so be it. WEN members are resilient, and I encourage each of you to not write off 2020. Instead, take a breath, take a moment, and re-focus so that you can end this year with a smile and personal acknowledgement of a job well done under difficult circumstances.

WEN continues to be an amazing and inspiring organization. Dozens of volunteers are working on committees planning our WEN National Conference for April 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. There are rumors of line dancing lessons, margaritas, and queso – the full Texas networking experience – plus an exciting substantive program. WEN recently established a task force made up of WEN members from multiple chapters that will recommend actions for WEN to take to ensure racial equality in our organization and in the workplace. WEN members have opportunities each week to attend programs and networking events (mostly virtual, but a few in person depending on location), and WEN now has a mentoring program toolkit available to all chapters. This is a great time for chapters to make plans to put a mentoring program in place for the fall or in 2021.

I wish everyone a safe, happy, and successful summer.

Jana Grauberger
Liskow & Lewis
WEN National President