Chapters are the lifeblood of SITE providing an annual programme of networking and learning events for you within your region, nation or city. But chapters, too, are challenged by the impact of Covid-19 and have been forced to rethink their plans, moving them onto a digital platform.
Here’s a list for you of recent chapter events with links to the webinars and videos that were created for and by SITE members around the world.
One of the first chapters to respond with Covid-19 related content, SITE South Africa organised an inspirational webinar entitled “You are not alone” featuring SITE Past President (2013), David Sand, SITE IBOD member, Daryl Keywood, SITE SA President, Tes Proos and SITE CEO, Didier Scaillet. Geared towards business owners, small and big, this webinar was all about thinking outside the box, reinventing ourselves, seeking out alternative revenue streams. Here is a link to this excellent webinar.
Under the baton of Chapter President Hasan Dinc, SITE Turkey threw a high octane, fun “happy hour” pyjama party, with an emphasis on positivity, the results of which can be found here.
SITE Great Britain
Last week SITE Great Britain, assisted by Sam McNeill and the great folks at songdivision, staged a highly creative happy hour, culminating with the crafting of a brand new SITE song with definite hit credentials. Hear it here.
SITE members in the Northeast chapter organised #SipwithSITE 2 weeks ago using
Zoom as their platform. They integrated some Q&A with Crowdpurr (a mix of fun / social questions and professional questions, like “Are you employed?”). The Q&A got the conversation going and provided a snapshot of what the industry in that region looks like.
#Sweatwith SITE (3 April) – Yoga
#Solve with SITE (10 April) – virtual escape room
Pyjamas were the attire of choice for SITE Chicago too who organised a free flowing event that evolved into people asking questions and chatting about their situation and how they were feeling. They also played Bingo with the winner receiving a pack of toilet paper.
At the forefront of COVID19 member support, SITE Midwest hosted a webinar on March 11th titled “How to Handle Crisis in our Industry Fighting the Perception and Media Against the Facts, from Coronavirus to Fires to Just Plain Bad Press” and penned the hashtag #FactsOverFear. In a few short days, stay at home orders were issued throughout Europe and North America.
Catering to the Spanish-speaking market, SITE Mexico is hosting twice-weekly
webinars throughout April on Monday & Wednesday mornings. Led by former IBOD member and current SITE Mexico president, Fernando Compean, these webinars are typically attracting more than 70 attendees and feature a variety of topics.
Our members in China has been experiencing the impact of Covid-19 for over 12 weeks now and have developed conventional and non-conventional ways to support the local chapter. One recent webinar focused on how COVID19 affects children, with noted child psychologists. Open to non-members too, this seminar attracted over 700 attendees.
In March, chapter leaders executed a phone tree outreach to members. They found that people just wanted to talk, and appreciated the outreach. And people were actually picking up their phones!
Hosting weekly Cocktails and Conversations.
Kicked of an 8-week series called Stay at Home with SITE SoCal to connect members socially through the end of May. And on April 13th, they will hold a Town Hall with an update from SITE Global President Jenn Glynn, a state of the industry from ALHI President & CEO Michael Dominguez, first-hand accounts from Ingram Micro planner Holly Niedzielski and Kelly Lansing from Ingram Micro, and local insights from LA Tourism's Senior Vice President of Sales, Darren Green.
Jumped in on March 24th with a webinar by Corey Pearlman on how to improve your digital footprint, especially important during these virtual times. And on April 9th, a Young Leader Happy Hour is scheduled.
Hosted a virtual coffee earlier this month for members to stay connected.