It is time to catch up on my blogging. Loraine Kasprzak has the patience of Job – a
full time marketing consulting business, family with two children, and has to put up with
my delays on getting out great information.
Thank you, Loraine, for all you do for IMC USA – it and you are greatly
We held our annual Chapter Leadership Summit in Chicago May
6-7, and it was attended by representatives of 17 of our 21 chapters!!! The networking and presentations were
excellent, and all who attended said that it was well worth their time and
We attempted to do something different at this CLS. In past Summits, we have focused on IMC – IMC
– IMC. However, this year we wanted
attendees to be able to take away things that would both be beneficial to both their
chapters AND to their consulting businesses. We also brought in a couple of outside
speakers, experts in their areas, to ensure that the information was useful and
relevant to attendees.
We kicked the summit with Tom Rodenhauser of Kennedy
Information, who gave us a great report on the state of the consulting
industry. This was a reprisal of the
"State of the Industry” talk that was given the day before at the Kennedy’s
Consulting Magazine’s Consulting Summit (an excellent program– and well
attended by IMC members).
Tom was followed by Alex Zabrosky, IMC USA’s Corporate
Counsel, who discussed Legal Issues for Chapter Governance. As always, Alex’s presentation was
enlightening and thought provoking, and exposed many chapter leaders to some of
the issues that we at "national” deal with on a daily basis, e.g., the Duties
of Care, Attention, Loyalty, and Informed Decision-Making, as well as Conflict
of Interest. His presentation initiated
a number of questions, and all walked away with a greater understanding and
appreciation of how the Institute works (and should work) to ensure its
stability and continued success. Following
Alex was Gail McCauley (Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer) who
gave a presentation on how IMC is staffed by SmithBucklin..
First up after lunch was Don Scellato who gave us a great
presentation on the ISO 17024 certification and its benefits to IMC and our
members; followed by Loraine Kasprzak who talked about leveraging the CMC in a
consultant’s business. She also discussed social media and how consultants can -
and should - include it in their marketing strategy. Wrapping up the day was Sarah Layton, who
walked us through a Blue Ocean Strategy session. (Sarah’s Blue
Ocean article is our lead story in June’s Connector. Read it: it just may change how you think about your own
On Day 2, we kicked off with Mark Thorsby from
SmithBucklin, who is an expert in governance, leadership development and
strategic thinking, and is trained in theory and experienced in guiding leaders
of non-profit organizations. Mark spoke on the importance of leadership,
and how it is the differentiating factor for chapters. Following him was a lively Q&A session
with many of the IMC USA Board members and offices, including yours truly, David Norman, Loraine Huchler, Judith Light, and Gail McCauley. Closing out
the program, Judith Light was introduced as the new Chair of the Chapter
Presidents Council, and she led the group in a "envisioning the future” exercise which was well received by all.
This CLS also marked the end of an era - Loraine
Huchler, the "Queen of the CPC," stepped down after 5 years of dedicated and loyal service. Loraine has done a tremendous job as the
Chair – not only has she transformed the Chair position into a very meaningful
role, she has helped to transform the CPC into a strong, cohesive group who
"have each others’ back.” For her
efforts, Loraine was awarded a Distinguished Service
Loraine, thank you for all your work over the years. You have been one of my closest advisors, and
I will miss your advice and counsel.
Allow me to introduce Judith Light who is our new Chair of the CPC. For those of you who don’t know Judith, she
is a fabulous leader and consultant. She
is a Fellow of the Institute; served on the IMC Board in the last ‘90s and
early ‘00s; served as Chapter President and Certification Chair (Colorado
Chapter), and has led and/or been on multiple committees over the years
including Recognition and Awards (Chair), Nominating (Chair),
Certification, and Confab.
She brings a wealth of experience and ideas to the CPC, and has already connected
with all the Chapter Presidents to find out what is on their minds. I know that she will do a great job for us,
just as Loraine did. Judith, welcome, and I look forward to working with you.
I left the Chapter Leadership Summit energized for IMC and,
based on the feedback I received, Chapter leaders did too.
Yours in consulting,
Drumm McNaughton, Ph.D., CMC
Chair and CEO