Lee Helgen, Executive Vice President of IMA, joins us for this episode to discuss how international organizations like IMA handle global issues.
- International organizations have especially had to adapt in the past two years. Lee explains that volunteer forums have helped connect and inform volunteers all over the world. Particularly during the pandemic and through the resulting supply chain issues, these forums created by IMA helped those in other countries get accurate information quicker.
- Engaging the whole board helped navigate international challenges. Lee explains that IMA had to be very intentional about involving those with different perspectives. To fully understand the scope of a global issue, Lee says you need to hear out board members from other countries where laws and regulations may be different.
- IMA used a survey to gauge what members needed from their organization. By doing this, IMA was able to fully understand how they could help their global member base. Webinars, virtual networking events, and member forums resulted from listening to their members.
- As an association that deals with raw materials, Lee explains that IMA felt it should take extra responsibility when it comes to climate change and sustainability. Your organization may not have the same topic of expertise but consider your organization’s place in making the world better.