IEEE Western North Carolina


Sections Congress 2014

October 2nd, 2014

Brian Kowald Report For Sections Congress

On August 22-24, I attended Sections Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I was a “Primary Section Delegate” to represent the WNC section.

Click here to see my presentation titled “Insights From Sections Congress“, presented at the North Carolina Council training session held on September 27, 2014. Below is a quick summary. For more details, see the presentation.

There are three main reasons for attending Sections Congress

  • Network with other section leaders
  • Attend training programs
  • Submit recommendations to guide the future of the IEEE

Sections Congress sessions I attended:

  • Embracing Young Professionals. An active YP (they don’t like the abbreviation, talked about their activities)
  • IEEE Professional Productivity and Collaboration Tool (PPCT). It’s a specialized collaboration and networking tool with a scope and dept of expertise in engineering not found in general social networks.
  • How to Promote Your Local Events. Social media, press, etc.
  • Developing your Networking Skills. Online and in person.
  • Getting Speakers for Your Section (Distinguished lecturer program). Local host usually pays hotel, transportation and a meal or two. The lecturers society usually pays airfare, but it’s good to confirm.

Final Top 5 Recommendations voted to send to MGA board for implementation

  • Include free access to IEEE Digital Library as a member benefit. Promote other IEEE services and products based on their usage and preferences (adopt Google Business Model).
  • Develop an incentive and recognition program for companies that invest in full or partial support of their employees’ IEEE membership dues.
  • Introduce loyalty rewards such as publication access, conference fees, standards for continued membership.
  • Provide a tool to build, promote, record, host and broadcast technical events at the local level and make them available to IEEE members.
  • Enhance vTools for better usability by volunteers and provide a training program to the Sections.

There were thirty four (34) proposed recommendations. The full list can be found by clicking on this link.

Respectively submitted,
Brian Kowald
Primary Section Delegate to Sections Congress 2014