PASS Needs You!

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kitchenerIt’s time.

No more procrastinating. No more complaining about the process from the outside. No more excuses.

You have to run for the PASS Board.

The Nominations Committee is all set, off and running. We’ve got great people involved who are going to do their best to ensure that the community gets the right people to run for the board. However, the NomComm isn’t running for the board and the NomComm can’t compel people to run. It’s up to you to step forward and take on this task. If you’ve been out there thinking that maybe you need to step up, you do. If you’ve been thinking that you might be able to give back a little more, you can. If you think you might be the right person to help lead this organization into the future, you are.

It’s you. It’s time.

Applications open today.

Click on this link to find all the information you need to make this happen.

Also, apologies to Lord Kitchener.


  • Cody

    It might help if we knew what someone on the board does, what’s required, and what the benefits are.

    To me PASS is just a website with videos and also organises a conference (I can’t get to because it’s far away and expensive). So when we talk about people on the board it just has no meaning to me.

    I suspect other people also don’t know. Hopefully I’m not the only one.

  • Interesting.

    In a nutshell, the board makes sure that the website has a bunch of videos and that the conference goes off. But there’s a lot more to it than that of course.

    If you go to the PASS web site and walk through all the stuff that they do, Virtual Chapters (webinars on particular topics), Chapters (local user groups), SQL Saturday events (free or near free regional training events), the Summit (our big conference), the Business Analytics Conference (a growing conference focused on BA data pros), and more, the board is responsible for managing these events, getting volunteers or paid staffers to run them, ensuring the videos get recorded, distributed, etc. Primarily of course, they’re a leadership committee, so they set direction for the organization as a whole.

    This turning into a blog post. Here’s the governance page for the organization. It includes the bylaws that define what the organization is and what the board does in detail:

  • […] PASS Needs You! by Grant Fritchey is the standard entreaty to run for the PASS Board, but of real interest is the comment by Cody that asks the question “what does that involve?”. It’s hard to convince people to run if they don’t understand the goals, the workload, and the pre-requisites. Clearly Grant shouldn’t have to create all those from scratch, which leads to the question of whether the answers to those questions exist on the PASS web site and whether PASS is doing enough to inform and prepare the next generation of leaders. […]

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