What is an SOA Section Council?
Each of the SOA’s
20 sections are led by a
section council of nine to 12 people. The section council is typically elected by fellow section members who are also SOA members.
Joining a section is a great way to connect with colleagues who share your interests in a particular area of practice. Membership in a section may also provide an opportunity for you to add leadership and administrative skills to your resume.
Section council members can choose from a variety of
roles and responsibilities. They may serve as officers, manage publications, conduct research or organize networking.
If you’re elected to a section council, you may be asked to:
- Participate in monthly council conference calls
- Attend one or two face-to-face council meetings per year, often in conjunction with other SOA meetings
- Participate in webcasts that cover strategic and operational topics
- Write an article or paper, make a presentation, organize continuing education, or lead a section research project group
The efforts of council members are critical to the overall section and contribute to the success of the SOA. What's in it for you?
- Networking: During a three-year council term, you’ll make contacts with dozens of new people, including fellow council members, Board Partners, and staff from a variety of geographic locations, companies, and work experiences.
- Leadership skills: Serving on a council provides an opportunity for you to practice your skills of negotiating, recruiting, delegating and mentoring.
- Professional education: Council members have the opportunity to hear breaking news about the profession and developments at the SOA. Through webcasts and meetings, members can learn new techniques and share industry know-how.
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