As many of us do, every year I reflect on the previous year to determine if I met the goals I set for myself and also to assess where I’m going in the coming year. It is satisfying to be able to say this year that I did meet my goals, including a few that were unexpected, such as becoming president of this great organization! From this vantage point, I have taken a moment to take stock of the ACO, what we as an organization accomplished in 2013 and where we are heading.
A Year of Growth and Transition
For the ACO, 2013 was a year of growth and transition. ACO welcomed 60 new members – a 20% increase. Many members participated in a membership survey that gave us a much better idea about the composition and needs of our membership, and many members volunteered to join the board and/or serve on committees.
New committees include the Research Committee, led by new board members Virginia Hurley, and the Volunteer Engagement Committee led by another new board member, Abigail Wurf.
Our Conference Committee put on another great event (yet again, it was the biggest yet, and completely sold out), the Awareness Committee assisted and informed coaches around the world with ways to spread the word in their communities that “ADHD is real!”, and the Circle newsletter garnered a new editor and several new regular columns to celebrate, inspire, and educate members.
Our Leadership Team continues to be a valuable agent for growth. This position lasts for six months, during which time team members are encouraged to pitch in and learn how the ACO operates. Previous Leadership Team members have gone on to be dynamic members of committees and many have become board members. Our 2013 Fall Leadership Team members–Mary Smith, Dema Stout, and Jon Salem–have done a great job and we continue to look forward to working with them on various committees in 2014. And now we welcome Dana Rayburn and Tracey Bromley-Goodwin who have agreed to be on the 2014 Spring Leadership Team. Welcome Dana and Tracey!
In analyzing our membership survey and online resources information, it became clear just how important research is to our members. Thus in 2013 we added the regular column in Circle from the Research Committee and negotiated for our newest membership benefit: online access to Russell Barkley’s ADHD Report. In 2014 we’ll be actively working on research into the effects of ADHD Coaching and informing you on how to become a researcher in these studies. Much more on that to come.
Changes to the ACO Online
Also to look forward to in 2014 will be a major change in the ACO website and the use of social media. We’re in the midst of working with a developer and designer on how best to make our website and membership resources more user-friendly, and on how best to promote our coaches to those in need of help and understanding.
Through all of this, our vision and values remain the same and merit repeating:
We envision a world where ADHD coaches are known and highly prized, respected, and sought after for their ability to help clients achieve goals and realize their full potential; a world where every person living with ADHD knows about coaching, and can easily find and work with an ADHD coach who is a perfect match for their needs.
Happy New Year!