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Monthly News (Updated Tuesday, May 9) 

Lumen Press: May Issue, 2017



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The Cleveland Technical Societies Council Scholarship Awards banquet was held on May 8th. Tony Clark and I were in attendance and were pleased to meet our scholarship recipient, Connor Williams, of Walsh Jesuit High School. Connor will be pursuing his degree in Physics at The Ohio State University in the fall.


As I listened to this year’s recipient of the Robert B. Cummings Distinguished Leadership Award, David Brown, make his acceptance speech, he highlighted something very important. As David reflected on his career and the organizations he has “lead” he reminded us that the key to being a true leader is to serve. A timely reminder as I end my “leadership” role within our section.


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It has been my distinct pleasure to serve our section as a board member and officer for the past seven years. I look back on the things we accomplished to move the section forward with pride and sense of satisfaction. I am looking forward to moving on in my role as Vice District Chair, tapping into the successes of our section to help grow other sections in our district.


My sincere thanks go to our Secretary Henry Barker and Treasurer Mike Confer who are behind the scenes warriors that keep our section moving and me on schedule. And to Tony Clark our VP and next President.


I want to thank Rich Rutledge, Brian David and Shelli Sedlak for encouraging me to move forward as president of our section. The board of managers who I have worked with over the past 6 years have had my back throughout, thank you everyone! I especially want to thank Lew Sternberg. I’m not sure he knows how much it meant to me back in March of 2012 when he reassured me that it would all be OK and if I needed anything I could reach out to him. He had come to learn that I was “let go” from my job. I had no idea if I would land on my feet, I had no clue who to reach out to in our industry for guidance. But there he was, this person who I wasn’t even sure I had met before, but I played along because I was so touched that he took the time to reassure me that day. That was the day I realized that our section was special. Thank you, Lew, for your support, guidance and most of all your kindness. When people ask me, what is the IES? What is in it for me? My response is that it’s what you make of it, and it will change the quality of your “work life” if you let it in.


With that, I wish our new leaders the very best moving forward. I am very excited to see where Tony, Marian and the new board of managers leads our section.


So long but not goodbye,


Kristen Mallardi
(soon to be) Past-President, IES Cleveland Section