“What will it take for you to walk away from this conference thinking that it was a good investment of your time and resources?” Lowell asked me. Lowell was going to be our facilitator the next day, and was getting a feel for the people in the room and what they were looking for.
I pondered for a second. We were sitting in the lobby of the hotel: the reception had long since finished, but many of us were still mingling and chatting. “I would think this was a good investment if….” I said slowly, trying to gather my thoughts into one all-encompassing statement. “If I walked away knowing how to show more value to our current contractors, and could use that strategy to show prospects why they should be a member of Independent Electrical Contractors.”
Lowell may have asked me that question for his own purposes, but I didn’t realize until that moment that I needed to be asked why I was there. What was I looking for? What was I hoping to accomplish. Being asked that question gave me the opportunity to reflect and set an intention for the next two days.
At Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. – IEC ‘s Membership Summit, we talked about the importance of our members – no matter their size, when they were established, or where they’re from.
Because we know that our members are what makes us great.
Helene Wood Webster of IEC Texas Gulf Coast demonstrated this by presenting our brand new chapter, IEC Big Bend, travel expenses for this conference, so they have the opportunity to learn and grow to make their chapter the best it can be.
Not only are we learning to create and offer value for our contractor members, but we’re always learning ways to help out our chapter members as well.
Central Indiana IEC hosted matches for a day to learn about trade apprenticeships. Assistant Executive, Devin Noyes, lead a discussion with Bigs and Littles about what apprenticeships are, and how they are a viable option for a rewarding, life-long career.
Following this was David Kurtz of Apex Electric, who shared his experience as an electrician. He spoke of his favorite memories, how he got started, and what he looks for in new employees. He then did a shocking demonstration, putting a live lightbulb in a tank of water! The students were surprised to see he wasn’t hurt, which drove Dave’s point home: it’s one thing to do the work, but it’s another to know why it’s done that way, and what makes it possible.
Finally, third year instructor Ryan Noyes lead the matches in an activity. Matches were given a blueprint of a house on a foam board and were walked through the process of creating series and parallel circuits to light the interior of their home!
Thank you so much to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central IN for working with us to put this workshop on! We had a blast and hope to do it again soon! #BeBig #BBBSCI #BuildTheFuture#WeAreIEC💡🔌📈