It's that time of year when we want our members to speak up about who they think should lead our guild. Each year the Barista Guild of America (BGA) finds itself with leaders who are coming to the end of their two or more years of service. Nominating new leaders, whether someone you know or yourself, is a key part in keeping our leadership current and effective to serve our members.
As a guild, our election process involves first nominating potential leaders, and then our membership votes to choose these new leaders. Participating in the Barista Guild’s election process is a benefit open only to BGA members.
The Barista Guild leadership is made up of Executive Council (EC) Directors who are Barista Guild Members, like you! Each member of the EC participates in and leads one of our major committees. While they are often involved in all major BGA Events, their role is primarily to support the SCAA staff and to provide guidance around the direction of the Barista Guild.
However, running for an Executive Council position isn’t the only way to be involved with the Barista Guild. There are a variety of ways to get involved, and a few are detailed in the recent blog post, How to Get Involved with the BGA.
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS
This year the Barista Guild has 4 open positions for Executive Council members. Executive Council members are self-motivated individuals willing to dedicate time to leading our guild in a forward direction.
An Executive Council member’s role and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Serving a term of two years, beginning and ending at the SCAA Event
• Contacting and working with a specific committee
• Communicating with the EC group as a whole and attending scheduled conference calls
• Attend the SCAA annual Event, one Barista Camp, and the SCAA Leadership Summit in the fall of each year
Does this sound like you? Ready to take on the challenge of becoming an Executive Council member?
Click here to submit an official nomination
Don't doubt your personal experience in the coffee industry! If you've got some great ideas and can commit to attending the required events and activities you're definitely worth nominating. If you have questions about what being an EC Director entails? Feel free to get in touch with a current EC member, find contact info on the Guild’s website, here.
With this post, election season is open! The official election timeline is as follows:
March 18: Nominations close
March 20: Voting begins (only Barista Guild members may vote in this election)
April 5: Voting Ends
April 9: Announcement of Election Results
Immediate Past Chair, Barista Guild Executive Council