PCMA membership and many mentors helped shape Teri Jordan’s career, as she’s moved from positions at a variety of organizations before accepting her current role as Vice President, Member Programs at Association Forum of Chicagoland in 2011. Previous associations include Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Nuclear Society, and others.
“I had, and still have, many mentors, many of whom I first admired from a distance, but was able to meet and interact with through my involvement in PCMA,” Teri said. “PCMA has been my resource for education and learning throughout my entire career. Involvement in committees led to leadership opportunities, which allowed me to develop leadership skills, broadened my vision, and motivated me to continue to contribute to my industry. PCMA has given me my most trusted industry partners, resources and friends. My career simply would not have been the same without it.” She advises, “If you’re faced with a problem you can’t solve, call a fellow chapter member.”
Teri is inspired by “the courage to use intellect and passion to do good. Whenever and wherever I see it.”
When asked about alternative careers if she weren’t in the meetings industry, Teri replied that she probably would be “in healthcare, as I’m an anatomy geek. Or a roadie for a rock band. That’s roadie, not groupie.”
Looking into the future, Teri sees “a very bright future for both associations and meetings. Membership models, educational vehicles, and technology certainly will change, but the need to meet and collaborate will always be there.” An ongoing challenge is “how to sift through the volume of information we are confronted with on a daily basis.”
Members would be surprised to learn that Teri had “three imaginary friends when I was a child. This is still a huge source of entertainment for my family.” Thanks in part to her long involvement in PCMA, she doesn’t need those imaginary friends anymore.