President's Message

May 2020

Hi friends, 

Dropping you all a line, not to say we are “staying up to date on developments” with the current crisis at hand, but to ask- what’s going well today?

SMPS’s mission is to support our members. And right now that support needs to be more fluid (and relevant) than ever. I understand everyone’s needs may look a little different– day-to-day, hour-to-hour—and I want you to know that we are here to support YOU!

It feels like a lifetime has passed since our last in-person meeting during the annual Making Big Moves educational workshop and the world changed just hours after our post-event happy hour. I want to thank everyone who attended and supported the event, as well as our founding, annual, and event sponsors – we couldn’t have done it without you! The workshop will certainly hold a distinct place in history of our 2019-2020 chapter term.

Until we can meet again, I have outlined a few ways to make your SMPS membership work for you.  

Digitally, there is a wealth of information available to members and at the chapter-level we are working on new ways to connect.  

HQ Resources

SMPS Headquarters has been proactively reaching out to members via email (be sure to check your spam) and making themselves available as a member resource. Feel free to contact them directly with any questions or reach out to your local board for assistance. The Society is hosting a number of virtual meeting ups and making a variety of webinars available. 

  • View the full calendar here.
  • Access digital versions of the Marketer magazine here. 
  • Dial into the latest discussions and communities at MySMPS.
  • Brush up on your skill set and dive into webinars and learning modules within the Marketing Resource Center.  

Upcoming Events 

The SeLA chapter programming committee (huge shout out and thank you to everyone involved) is focusing on pivoting our events for the foreseeable future.  I know we are physically distanced from one another, but I want you all to know that we can still stay connected socially.

Here is a snapshot of our upcoming events: 

WED, MAY 6
(Digital) Chapter Happy Hour 
All members are welcome! Please reach out to 
[email protected] for log in details through Microsoft Teams. 

WED, MAY 13
The Fundamentals of Crisis Management
Sign up for this live panel here.


WED, JUNE 3
COVID-19 Business Impact and Recovery
President & CEO Michael Hecht and VP of Policy Lleana Ledet with of GNO Inc. will be joining us in a live webinar addressing the business impacts and recovery efforts of COVID-19. Register here. 

WED, JUNE 17
No One Cares About Your Qualifications
Join us as we host a live webinar with Past SMPS HQ president, Craig Galeti, on “No One Cares About Your Qualifications.” Additional details to come! 

As many of you may have noticed, the Coverings 2020 trade show was cancelled and our planned lunch and panel addressing the ins and outs of event planning has subsequently been postponed. We look forward to the day when we can share this panel’s incredible knowledge of event planning with our members and friends. 

I certainly miss seeing all of you and I look forward to the day we can meet again in person at a programmed event or happy hour! 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can personally be a resource. 

Wishing you all wellness, 

Alexis Vigier Miranne
SMPS Southeast Louisiana Chapter President