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Letter from INBA Board President, Lance Kissler

Season’s Greetings!

Oh how it’s been a season of change—from local weather to the political climate. As many of us spent time with our friends and family during the holidays, we probably had crucial conversations about how our lives have been impacted. For some of us, our beliefs and assumptions have been challenged. But a challenge is a challenge: it’s an opportunity to rise up and move forward.

That’s where we find ourselves at the closing of the year: reflecting upon our past, celebrating the moment we’re in, and embracing the future. As an organization that has been advocating on behalf of the LGBT community, we must not forget about the battles we’ve fought, the strides we’ve made, and the work that is yet to be done. We are strong in our resolve—and we are even stronger, together.

To bring us together we need to walk the talk. We must remember that diversity comes in all forms—which includes differences in beliefs and values. By staying open-minded, embracing new and different perspectives, engaging others who may think differently in conversation, and listening with the intent to agree (yes, I mean actually listening—not just hearing someone while thinking up your counter-argument), we might actually create shared meaning. Without that, we’ll perpetuate the “us vs. them” dilemma we find ourselves in; we can’t afford to polarize our society any more. That may require a change in thinking and approach—and each one of us has to be open to the possibility that perhaps it involves some form of change on our end.

Change is constant and it affects all aspects of our lives, including this organization. After serving as your board president for three years, it’s time for me to pass the torch to new leadership and light the path ahead. Our vision and mission remain at the core of who we are. We will continue to create an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region. And to do this, we must develop a prosperous business community by advocating LGBT and Ally business perspectives. I look forward to fulfilling my term on this board and supporting INBA’s leadership over the coming year. We have a long and potentially arduous journey ahead of us. I hope you’ll all continue to join me as we charge forward together.

 

Sincerely,
2016 INBA Board President
Lance Kissler

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