Welcome to the Aspiring Leaders Network!
Time flies when you are having fun!
I can't believe it has been more than a year since I took on the
role of Chair of the Aspiring Leaders Network (ALN). From
attending Public Service Management Week (PSMW) to planning ALN
webinars to participating with the Professional Development (PD)
Week 2017 Organizing Committee, I have met so many interesting
people, worked with so many dedicated and passionate volunteers,
and learned so much more about our community.
What I love most about my fmi*igf volunteering experience is the
aspect of continuous learning. Learning about what drives the
will to create positive changes at PSMW 2017; about handling team
conflicts effectively through the ALN webinars; about proper use of
language and body posture when conversing with people … the list
goes on and on. The technical skills I gained from working in
the public sector for seven years and the soft skills gained from
attending and participating at fmi*igf events have been
instrumental in my career development and advancement.
Did I mention I also had a blast at the PD Week 2017? We
had a great interactive session at the ALN World Café. Both
the illustrated generational differences presentation showcased by
guest speaker Robert Beeraj and the brainstorming session moderated
by 2016-17 fmi*igf National President Martha Okot Thomas stimulated
a tremendous amount of discussion and exchange of
information. Mixing up the crowds and giving everyone an
opportunity to present their discussion provided a solid platform
for us to apply the theoretical knowledge we had learned just
During PD Week 2017, Co-Chair Jean Farley and I also got to
present the networking activity to more than a 1,000 people every
morning. This is something I do not do on a regular basis and
I was quite anxious at first. Thanks to the guidance (not to
mention lots of patience) from PD Week Chair Sylvie Tanguay and
Vice-Chair Gerry Matthews, we made it through the week.
All in all, I am extremely grateful and honoured to lead and
grow with the ALN. It continuously improves my confidence, my
ability to communicate in public, lead and make sound decisions,
and most important of all, the opportunities to give back to the
community. I sincerely hope my actions inspired some of you to
step out of your comfort zone and to get involved with the fmi*igf
Finally, I want to thank everyone at fmi*igf National office
staff for all their ongoing support and guidance. Honestly, we
would not have been able to achieve so much without
them. Nobody seemed to mind all my questions, and trust me, I
ask a lot of questions.
Thank you everyone for a very successful year and I look forward
to the year ahead.
Chair, Aspiring Leaders Network
Wendy Shih, CPA, CMA, CIA
Chair, fmi*igf Aspiring Leaders Network / Présidente, Réseau des
futurs leaders de l'igf*fmi