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SMPS Chicago President: Welcoming 2021

Welcoming 2021

Saying goodbye to 2020 was NOT difficult, yet the year’s silver lining could be that it brought about the universal adoption of remote work and virtual meetings for our businesses and SMPS. While challenging, we were forced to learn and become proficient in new technology and also think outside the box as we shared experiences and connected virtually. The bottom line is the pandemic and social injustices last year give us more arrows in our quiver to achieve our goals, and this is a positive to carry with us into 2021. 

During 2020 I was thankful for each member who participated in the creative events and professional development programs SMPS Chicago offered. Freeing the Human Potential targeted our awareness of injustices, and those who attended said it was an eye-opening program that helped us understand our differences. Up Your Interactivity Game provided a plethora of InDesign’s advanced features so we could follow best practices when publishing online documents. We strive to deliver meaningful content, and we do not take your loyalty and involvement lightly. Rest assured during the first half of 2021, we will seek better content and networking opportunities for you.

The Board is also aware of the many hardships of so many in 2020, so we will donate the money slated for the Holiday Special Event to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We did this to help people who need it the most in our community.

Our sponsors for 2021 have come through this challenging and uncertain time with renewed commitments. We are grateful for their support, which helps keep all our activities moving forward.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the 2021 sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors: Bulley & Andrews, Infrastructure Engineering Inc.

Gold Sponsors: David Mason & Associates, Eriksson Engineering Associates, IMEG

Silver Sponsors: A&R Mechanical Contractors, Aurora Lighting Design, Baxter & Woodman, Bob Elmore & Assoc., The Concord Group, Coordinated Construction Project Control Services, Gilbane, GRAEF, Larson Engineering Thornton Tomasetti, and WJE

While I welcome 2021 with hope and excitement, I know we have not yet eradicated COVID-19. With vaccines approved and distribution beginning, we can see light at the end of the tunnel – though how quickly the general public will have access is hard to predict. So, we will continue to live in a new reality of heightened creativity, flexibility, and perseverance. Until normal operations can resume, keeping our members safe is paramount. We will continue to follow CDC and local government guidelines. For the time being our plans are to Zoom to New Heights, so anticipate more SMPS Chicago programming using Zoom.

Vaccine distribution, the impact of the fiscal stimulus and how quickly the economy reopens are big questions going into the new year. Still, SMPS and SMPS Chicago are committed to equipping our membership and solidifying our bond through whatever is next.

I look forward to seeing you in person when the opportunity finally comes – I anticipate that will be sometime in 2021. Until then I wish you a healthy, productive, and prosperous new year!


Clarice Lyons-Davidson

President, SMPS Chicago


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