FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL TO COUNCIL SEAT: ALISA COSTA BEGINS HER POLITICAL CAREERJanuary 24, 2024
WELCOME SOCIAL MEDIA/MARKETING INTERN, ERIN BEDNARCZYKJanuary 24, 2024
Food matters. But not as much as having purpose-driven agendas, a welcoming environment and mutually beneficial outcomes. That was the verdict of attendees who explored the timely topic of Building Engagement in the Office and Community at the Jan. 8 DLE Meetup.
A common theme bubbling from small breakouts and large group discussion was that advance preparation and agendas are essential if you want to engage people and attract them to meetings and special events, whether at work or in community organizations.
Receiving a clear agenda prior to an event–which attendees universally commended as a DLE standard for all programs–affirms that genuine thought has been given to the format and outcomes. “The agenda helps me know what to expect,” noted one DLE member. Another added that a detailed agenda “makes me feel at ease.”
Held bi-monthly and in-person, Meetups feature topics selected by DLE attendees, with open, supportive conversations facilitated by DLE volunteers. One participant described the vibe at the January Meetup as “thought-provoking and helpful for me, as someone who plans events at work (virtual and in-person). It was comforting to know that interest and attendance are issues for everyone across the board and not singular to me.”
The next DLE Meetup, Got Goals? Now What!, is set for March 18 at the DLE HQ in downtown Pittsfield. Discussion will explore how to prevent goals from sputtering. Techniques for staying focused and accountable will spark the conversation to be led by volunteers Lauren Beckett, Mystie Ford and Janet Forest.
The program starts at 5:15 PM. Seating is limited to promote an intimate, supportive environment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. There is no fee to attend.