This is my candidate email, that will be sent by the Election Committee to all Region 4 members in April:
Greetings fellow Mensa members,
My name is Barbara Kryvko, and I am running for the office of Vice Chair - Region 4. I appreciate the opportunity to share my story, highlights of my past performance, and my vision for the future of Mensa. I want to help the organization in any way that I can, and I know that I can bring a strong, creative, informed, forward-thinking voice to the AMC.
In 1987, I joined Mensa as a single mother in the early years of a long career in information technology. I happened upon a practice test for Mensa, took the proctored test, then joined right away. I immediately signed up for several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and met the wonderful members of St. Louis Area Mensa, many of whom are still close friends today.
I have not stopped trying to repay Mensa for all it has given me, and I doubt if I will ever break even.
In 1995, I was elected as RVC 4 for two terms. I had been very active locally, volunteered at many RGs, chaired an Annual Gathering (AG), was a Mensa CompuServe admin, and was a national SIG Coordinator. I had been Editor for several years – one of my favorite jobs ever. Most of that early experience revolved around event planning, organizing volunteers, moderating online discussion, running SIGs, and meeting lots of people. The experience I had was valuable, but not broad. While my time on the AMC was successful, I knew that it could have been better. After two terms as RVC, I chose not to run for a more advanced position because I didn’t feel quite ready.
Since then, I've studied Mensa business closely, have taken on a variety of national and international volunteer positions, and have been online a lot (as many of you well know!) interacting with Mensa members every day. I run online groups that focus specifically on Mensa people, politics, and issues. At the same time, I served as National SIGs Officer and Mensa International SIGs Coordinator for a total of 16 years - helping Mensans around the world connect to each other.
My career in IT has taken many turns, and has allowed me to have myriad real-life hands-on experience in organizing and executing initiatives with various types of teams, project management, conflict resolution, setting organizational strategy, and turning strategy and innovative ideas into valuable action.
More importantly, I’ve listened to what real Mensa members have said about their experiences, ideas, problems, and opinions regarding the organization. The large areas of opportunity appear to be:
1. Strengthening the volunteer pipeline
2. Diversity, equity, and inclusion
3. Member engagement and transparency
4. Prioritizing organizational issues and financial targets with an eye on retaining members and fully capturing market opportunity
5. Advancing our technological footprint
To read my views on specific issues and see a full list of my Mensa experience, visit http://www.barbarakryvko.com/.
Thank you for reading,
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