Where do I fit in?
The committees are essentially the division of labor when it comes to getting things done. Each has its area of focus and operates with remarkable autonomy, but all are critical to realizing the mission of H/IMA. Each committee is spearheaded by a board member or two, and all of them have volunteer opportunities waiting for you, depending on your interests.
Chair: Katie Smith
This is the HR department for the entire organization. Simply knowing who our people are and where their talents are most at home is a monumental job. Coordinating individual efforts for the org’s many programs compounds the challenge. Making sure we’re always providing a valuable experience to our members is where the magic happens.
The Volunteer Committee is a great place for people-people, people with large networks, and people who like to coordinate things.
Chair: Holly Gary
Chair: Juliana Moreira
Programming comprises the most tangible aspects of H/IMA’s mission–getting our awesome content to our awesome people. Who speaks, about what, and when is at the top of the docket for these busy folks. Packaging up and delivering the information afterward is also critical. New challenges–and new opportunities to meet them–are always coming up.
The Programming Committee is a great place for people with deep subject matter expertise, a large network, and publication skills.
Chairs: Leah Faul and Peter Dennis
H/IMA is what it is thanks to the involvement of our corporate sponsors–those who support us financially and benefit from their increased exposure to the interactive community. Identifying organizations that would benefit from a partnership with H/IMA, and making sure they’re getting a good shake from their involvement, is a critical aspect of our continued success.
Wheelers, dealers, and people with connections who think collaboratively tend to fit well in the Sponsorship Committee.
The Events Committee is responsible for the nuts, bolts, bells, and whistles of our in-the-flesh programs, including (but not limited to) luncheons, mixers, conferences and career fairs. They coordinate venues, food & drink, audio-visual, registration, table arrangements, and everything else that enriches the experience for our participants.
People who like the night life, love people, know a lot of good places to eat and have great taste are a great fit for the Events Committee.
Chairs: Michele Price and Cheryl Shakory
The Interactive Strategies conference is H/IMA’s largest event of the year. Industry leaders and subject matter experts from across the country descend on Houston to discuss the latest trends, newest technologies and best methods to command a digital audience and grow business. It’s a full day of valuable instruction and insight, with a healthy dose of R&R in the shuffle.
Chair: Diana Smith
Career Fair and Academic Partnerships
Chairs: Cheryl Shakory and Katy Katz
Education is at the core of our mission, and preparing students for careers in industry is an integral part of our work. H/IMA has a committee dedicated to forging relationships and creating opportunities for students. From perpetual bridge building with the academic community to spearheading an annual career fair, the Academic Partnerships Committee serves as the liaison to future professionals.
This committee is a great landing place for students who join H/IMA. Getting involved here can allow you to make good use of your existing network while adding on to it, as you find new opportunities that interest you.
Marketing and Technology Committee
Chair: Damien Franco
“Marketing” is an operative word in our organization’s name, so you can bet the committee is every bit as essential. This committee puts the cherry on top of the Outreach Sundae, polishing both our communications and our image. Team members’ capabilities are various and sundry, ranging from the aesthetic (graphic design) to the analytical (metric analysis). There’s a continuously-expanding need for strong, dedicated marketers…after all, “Interactive Marketing” is our middle name.
People who work on the execution side of marketing do well on the Marketing Committee…designers, optimizers, content developers, strategists, etc.
Chair: Ted Hawkes
Chair: Shane DeVall
“Interactivity” as we know it involves very little old technology. Both our needs and abilities move and grow like a litter of baby rabbits, and keeping on top of it all (i.e. keeping us relevant in our self-proclaimed area of expertise) is a big job. The Technology Committee engineers, builds and maintains the machine that powers the organization: websites, web tools, communication software, and the integrations that make them all work together.
Coders, hackers, tinkerers and designers, particularly those with an aptitude and interest for UX, are right at home on the Technology Committee.
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How do I become a committee member?