Chapter Leadership Transitions: Best Practices for Success

Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Central Street Room (Lobby Level)

Leadership turnover is an important component to keeping chapters relevant and fresh, but leadership transitions can be a make or break point for chapters. This workshop will discuss the importance of leadership turnover to ensure the long term success of your chapter. We will explore the common challenges that make changing leadership so hard, the obstacles chapters face to do so and offer suggestions to ease these difficulties. We will also present best practices for leadership transitions that ensure a smooth hand over of responsibilities so that your chapter can continue to provide the crucial work that you do in your community. Through sharing of personal experiences and using some real life scenarios, we hope chapters leave better prepared to tackle their next leadership transition.

Presenter Bio

Jamie CurtisJamie Curtis, PFLAG National

Jamie Curtis joined PFLAG National in May 2003. She is PFLAG’s Director of Chapter Engagement responsible for working with chapters throughout the United States and overseeing the Chapter Engagement team. Prior to serving as the Director of Chapter Engagement, Jamie served a Field & Policy Manager working with chapters in the eastern region and she began her tenure at PFLAG National as a Field and Policy Associate helping to manage chapter services. Before coming to PFLAG, Jamie gained experience by working with underprivileged youth in Washington, DC. Jamie graduated from American University with a bachelor's degree in international relations. Jamie hails from Auburn, New York.

Dawn HoltDawn Holt, PFLAG National Board

Dawn is the past President of PFLAG Portland, which includes PFLAG Portland East County, serving Portland’s conservative East side. PFLAG Portland emphasizes the inclusion of the adult transgender community and Portland’s youth. PFLAG Portland offers a mini-grant program for GSAs and other youth-led organizations. In addition to her service in PFLAG, Dawn served as the Co-Chair of Equity Foundation, an Oregon-based community foundation for the LGBTQ+ community. She was also appointed by Oregon’s Labor Commissioner to Chair the Oregon Council on Civil Rights in 2011. The Council delivered a report in 2013 on the pay gap between men’s and women’s earnings. Dawn is a practicing Buddhist who serves on the board of her Zen community.

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