Chair’s Corner by Theresa McConeghey, Principal Financial Group
At NADP, fall is a very exciting time as it signals new beginnings for our volunteer groups and the Board of Directors. This year is no exception. Plans are underway for a highly successful 2016, including the upcoming Leadership Conference and Advocacy in Action fly-in in January.
Likewise there has been a transition in leadership of the NADP Board of Directors. I am thrilled to be taking the reins as the new board chair. I am also pleased Immediate Past Chair Chris Swanker, Guardian Life Insurance, will continue on the Board and Executive Committee to offer his insight regarding NADP and our industry.
At the heart of success for NADP are our volunteer groups who develop and execute the work plans in support of the Strategic Plan’s five High Level Initiatives.
Speaking from personal experience, I have found volunteering to be beneficial on both a professional and personal level. Serving on volunteer groups has helped me gain a deeper knowledge of the industry, polish my leadership skills and tackle new challenges. I have exchanged thoughts and ideas with my fellow industry leaders during my service as a volunteer.
I am fortunate to work for Principal Financial Group, which places a high value on volunteering. In addition to Board representation, Principal has volunteers on the following NADP volunteer groups: Commission for Advocacy Policy, Research Commission, NADPac Committee plus the Communications, FAIR Health and Government Relations WorkGroups and all four workgroups comprising the Standards and Transaction Initiative (STI): Clinical, Codes, EDI and Operations. NADP volunteers provide the leadership, skill and expertise that advances our association and industry. They:
o The Commission on Advocacy Policy
o The Exchange Policy WorkGroup
o The Exchange Technical WorkGroup
o The Government Relations WorkGroup
As you can see, NADP volunteers provide the peoplepower and knowledge that keeps our organizations on track and in-charge.
In 2014, The Independent Sector estimated the value of volunteering at $22 per hour. I believe the value of NADP volunteers is even more, because we’re getting the best of the best leading our organization. NADP is fortunate to represent the full spectrum of our industry – that includes every product and business model in the marketplace today. The value of that type of knowledge and wisdom is more than the sum total of hours spent on a program.
NADP volunteers make a difference in our industry and in our association. They also make a difference in your membership experience as they enhance it 10-fold. This week NADP will notify individuals regarding their 2016 volunteer assignments. Look for announcement of 2016 volunteers in next NADP newsletter.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank all NADP volunteers for serving our organization and industry. Should you have any questions about NADP program, please contact me at email@example.com.