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Past President's Night
Past Presidents Night is one of the MET Section's
most cherished events of the year, where
members gather to recount the previous year's
accomplishments and hear from a high-profile
keynote speaker. Those who've led the Section
over the decades stand up one by one and
announce their name and year of service in a roll
call. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic presented
a challenge for the traditional gathering.
However, Section volunteers worked diligently
to create a well-choreographed webinar event
complete with videos, presentations, and a
keynote address by the president of the Long
Island Railroad, the country's largest commuter
rail. The Section even pulled off a virtual roll call
in a video montage, allowing past presidents as
far away as Florida to participate. View the video
at http://bit.ly/METRollCall.

employees and hold the events at the agencies. This helped tackle another barrier of public
sector employees having to request additional time off from work to make it to Section events.
To further increase public agency engagement, the Section also formed the Emerging Trends
and Policies Committee, focused on developing and organizing programming for public sector
members. Public agency members steer the programming by gathering speakers and presenters
whose messages resonate with where they see the industry headed. There are still several municipal public agencies in the region that the Section has yet to tap into, but it's actively engaged in
discussions for closing these gaps, and is excited to continue engaging public sector members.
While COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for the Section, the difficulties of a
global pandemic have also driven unique solutions leading to increased participation. Lockdowns forced the Section to rethink its monthly meetings. Initially, it was a scramble to figure
out how to continue to reach membership and provide the valuable services they've come
to rely on. At the first virtual meeting, no one knew what to expect, and organizers planned
for meetings of about 100 participants. That number quickly hit capacity, and the Section
swiftly upgraded its plan to cover up to 1,000 participants for the next event. Now it's seeing
above average attendance at all of its events, as well as a significantly reduced cost to hosting
them-resulting in savings it can pass on to the membership.
With virtual engagement, the Met Section has been able to reach the farthest parts of its
membership, even seeing old members who left reemerge. Virtual meetings have been a
great tool during COVID, and the Met Section is looking at opportunities to continue leveraging these platforms long after in-person gatherings are safe again. itej

RECOGNIZING OUR FUTURE:

Young
Leaders to
Follow for 2021
Let's shine a spotlight on the best young professionals in ITE and the profession. We are looking
for the top young members to recognize as the ITE Young Leaders to Follow for 2021,
a group of 20 young members that represent the best of our emerging leaders.
Help us cast a wide net across all of ITE and the industry to find the best of the best among
up-and-coming professionals. Nominate a young leader today! Employers, peers, friends,
colleagues, and mentors can all nominate, and you can also self-nominate.

Nominate a Young Leader Today! The application deadline is
March 15, 2021. For all the details, visit www.ite.org/youngleaders.
Eligibility: Candidates must be an ITE member and 35 years of age or younger on January 1, 2021.

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