The Chapter of the Year Award recognizes the chapter that contributed most significantly to the professional growth of its members during the previous program year.
ASP's Chicago Chapter has helped members improve their strategic thinking, planning and acting knowledge and skills, helped members and others beyond the chapter gain certification, linked members to national programs, and provided active volunteers to support, lead and contribute to ASP efforts beyond the chapter level.
In 2013-2014, The Chicago Chapter was ASP's largest chapter at 76 active members and added most new members for the fiscal year: 22.
The chapter conducted five face-to-face events in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The chapter has negotiated arrangements so ASP Chicago Chapter members are welcome at member rates to programs hosted by other professional organizations, including:
•MIT Enterprise Forum
•Project Management Institute
•Wharton Alumni Club of Chicago
•Institute of Management Consultants.
Chicago Chapter members are active in ASP beyond the chapter level.
•Lee Crumbaugh (Vice President, Marketing and Communications Chair, Membership Committee, Social Media Committee, webinar presenter)
•John Sterling (IT Committee)
•Randy Rollinson (REP)
•Tim Trotter (Conference Committee)
•Richard Faulkner (ASP national conference speakers and presenters evaluations committee)
•Joe Brownlee (ASP Director nominee)
•Diane Meister (Membership Committee, webinar presenter)
ASP Chicago is pleased to work with DePaul University's Continuing and Professional Education to offer of the Strategic Management Certificate program to ASP members. This certificate program is delivered online over ten weeks (ten sessions) designed to build skills and provide practical "process" solutions in strategic planning and management for established corporate planning units, strategic planning and management consultants and emerging strategy management professionals. ASP members seeking professional certification and credentialing from the Association for Strategic Planning should note the CSM is an approved program by the Association for Strategic Planning. CSM is delivered by ASP Registered Education Provider and chapter Board member Randall Rollinson with Chicago Chapter President John Sterling as co-instructor. Two cohorts of students participated in the program in 2013-2014.
Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
The ASP-DFW chapter exemplifies what it takes to lead as a team, not just at the chapter level but across the community and at the national level.
The ASP-DFW Chapter increased its membership by over 20% and continued to have very strong support for its programs, with the final program attracting over 80 participants. True to its mission, "Interesting Topics, Interesting People, Interested in Strategy", this year the chapter attracted a slate of high profile and highly qualified speakers around a series of exciting and relevant topics. Featured speakers included a former governor of Wisconsin, a nationally syndicated TV host, a well know futurist, and the CTO of IBM.
In addition, the chapter launched a first-of-its-kind Special Interests Group (SIG) — a special program for members and guests to collaborate around common topics of interest. Two SIG events were conducted this year to great interest and attendance on the topic "Personal Branding". New SIGs are now being launched.
The chapter's annual Networking event has become a great success in the region and regularly draws over 60 participants. Local strategists and business leaders come to learn about developments at ASP, meet individuals interested in strategy, and expand their personal networks.
The ASP-DFW chapter has also built strong relationships with local chapters of symbiotic associations such as The Association of Strategic Alliances Professionals (ASAP), UTD Consulting Club, Dallas Roundtable, and Institute of Management Consultants (IMC).
Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter is recognized as the chapter that contributed most significantly to the educational and professional growth of its members. The new board developed a strategic plan that included key performance indicators based around education and growth. Chapter activities included a strategic planning workshop at the local chamber of commerce business symposium, a chapter meeting on the campus of UT-Dallas, and a chapter meeting specifically for non-profit organizations. As a result, the chapter more than doubled average year-over-year attendance at their meetings, during a year when the chapter theme was, "Interesting Topics, Interesting People Interested in Strategy."
ASP's Atlanta chapter was formed in 2007, had 25 members by 2008, and doubled its membership in 2009. In 2009, the Atlanta chapter's breakfast meeting attendance varied from 37 to 97 for a special event. Some of the chapter's outstanding activities include:
Acquisition of a corporate sponsor (Delta Community Credit Union) to host meetings
Growth of chapter membership and operating capital
Engagement of speakers from major Atlanta organizations
Active marketing through telemarketing, social media, online listings, and cross promotion with other organizations
Measurement of attendee and member satisfaction through surveys
Member participation in ASP's Conference, Certification, and Technology committees
Congratulations to ASP's outstanding Atlanta chapter!
Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter
Since its start, the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter has:
Built meeting attendance to 25 to 40 people at each meeting
Continued to have outstanding speakers from companies, academia and consulting. This academic year alone DFW had speakers from Booz & Co., Perot Systems, Fluor and JC Penney. The topics have ranged from millenials to green strategy.
Conceived and implemented a strategy for growth and sustainability. DFW used the lens of branding to conceive the strategy.
Some specifics on the chapter strategy:
Emphasized that the DFW chapter is "the foremost learning organization for enterprise strategy and creation in the North Texas area. Used the structure of dinner meetings. The meetings start with informal time with wine or cocktails. The speaker speaks before dinner. At the end of the speech, the speaker suggests one or two questions for the tables to discuss during dinner. They purposely use tables of four, NOT tables of eight or ten, so that discussions are easier.
DFW has a slide show loop going before dinner displaying names of new members, next speakers, sponsors, and information on the national meeting.
DFW routinely advertises its meetings through meeting notices in the local media. Some of those items are picked up and used on different organizations' websites.
The Minnesota Chapter has been a model for transitioning to ASP chapter status. The Chapter fully integrated with ASP, shifting brand and administrative services to ASP. This shift included a new name and logo, new checking account and new reservation system. After many years of managing its own website, the chapter successfully worked with Executive Director to transition members and redirected traffic from its old website to strategyplus.org. This transition went relatively smoothly. During this transition, the Chapter continued to aggressively promote the ASP brand. The Chapter also secured three new board members, and built a healthy financial status.
Congratulations to the Minnesota Chapter on a job well done.
Nomination: Chapters seeking this recognition must nominate themselves, and must have been a chapter for at least six months of the program year covered by the award. Download the Nomination Form.
Selection: All current chapter Board members and officers vote, but cannot vote for their own chapter; winner must receive at least 51% of all votes.