Posted on: December 15, 2021
Author: Casandra Blassingame, IACET CEO
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‘Tis the Season!

We are in the middle of the Holiday Season, and I truly hope that you are entering modes of relaxation, reflection, and spending some quality time with self, friends, and/or family. I read somewhere, probably on social media, that 2020 showed up with a wig on disguised as 2021! I’ll say! We were challenged again, yet we persevered.

Meetings and conferences reconvened with virtual options. Industries remain challenged with a shortage of employees/staff to conduct the business of the day. Do I need to mention the travel industry shortage? I didn’t think so. Anyone who is back on the road can tell you - it ain’t a glamourous as it used to be!

The work continues. Even through the disruptions. We strive to set the stage for effective organizational leadership and planning for future success and growth. The Town Hall Meeting to inform the affiliate ship about the proposed changes to the Bylaws on December 1, 2021 was well-attended. It showed the level of engagement we want to see from our affiliates. You and your organizations are the beneficiary of the work we do here at IACET.  We are committed to strengthening our governance structure and operationalizing the way we serve you!

A few things to note:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff, IACET Council for Standards Development, All Advisory Board, Committee, and Task Force Members, we wish you the happiest, healthiest, Holiday Season and New Year!

About the Author


Casandra Blassingame, MEd, is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  She is a recognized leader in adult and continuing education and has over 20 years of experience in higher education, continuing and professional studies, and workforce development.  Prior to joining IACET as CEO, Casandra was the Vice President of Education Services for the American Gear Manufacturers Association where she led the organization’s effort in achieving and maintaining IACET accreditation.  She has also served as an IACET commissioner, reviewing dozens of applications, and an IACET Board Member.

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