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Summit advance team visits Montclair site

Some of the members of the 2024 Summit team visited Montclair on Tuesday, August 15 to meet with representatives from the School of Communication and Media, the Broadcasting department, housing services and the gala meeting room. We spent some time in downtown Montclair (see the Montclair Center website!!!) with brunch in a Turkish owned cafe and in the evening had dinner in a bookstore/Italian restaurant combination! We've learned from 2019 about the importance of providing transportation to and from downtown, so watch for news about that.

August IFVP Board of Directors meeting

The IFVP Board of Directors met on Monday morning, August 14. We took time to check in and reviewed minutes, financial reports, membership reports and correspondence. We are delighted to have the support of Neuland for our upcoming 2024 Global Summit and will have more details in the next weeks. The Summit planning team will be on site Tuesday, August 15 to walk through the rooms, sign agreements and explore the downtown offerings.

Value Propositions: Agency and In-House

The IFVP board has been working through a strategic planning process we began last year, and we are closing in on some focused ideas about who we serve and what value we can bring.

The personas work we have done has given us four categories of members to focus on. This blog post reports on our draft value propositions for two of them: Agency owners and In-House visual practitioners. 

Global Summits for 2024 and 2026!

At their July board meeting the IFVP received two recommendations from the Global Summit Proposal Review Committee. We had requested proposals from our membership for a number of months and then the Review Committee took time to speak with the potential organizers. 

IFVP Institute June Board of Directors Meeting

The IFVP Institute Board of Directors met on Saturday, June 24 for an update on our certification project. For some years now the Institute has been working with materials gathered from across our community regarding the skills present, and seeking to provide a visual competency practice model that would bring these together for informational, mentoring, developmental and certification purposes.

Teaching Visual Thinking to Youth

As an educator and a visual practice enthusiast, one of the happy things I get to do is bring the two together. This past week I was invited to offer some visual "draw on the wall" instruction to youth at a theatre camp.

Version 1.0 of our Personas

As part of the Board of Director's work on strategic planning, we have settled on version 1.0 of our personas. Our goal was to think clearly about who our members are and what different needs they have. We intend to serve our members with solid value, and the persona framework will help. 

Board of Directors June Meeting

The IFVP Board of Directors met on June 10, 2023 for our regular monthly meeting. Much of our time together focused on finalizing work from our 2022 strategic planning process. We settled on a set of personas that will guide our focused work on developing value propositions and crafting a renewed communications plan. We also received an interim report from the committee sorting through proposals for the 2024 Global Summit. We are hoping to reach a decision in the next few weeks and announce our plan. Thanks to those who have submitted proposals for 2024.

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