Dear Association Forum Members,
Let's remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
This weekend, we were shaken by the destruction our beautiful City of Chicago experienced. We strongly support freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. We advocate for human rights and equal opportunities for all. We know that positive and collective voices impact change.
We ask for hearing, healing and strength to unite our Chicagoland community and other cities across the nation to emerge above this moment in our history. We know that hearing requires hard work. We know that when the intensity subsides and we labor towards a return, there is more work ahead. We need to understand the root of the pain and work towards a cure. This is a difficult time. We will come out on the other side better.
It is during moments like this that we remember our core value of Welcoming Environment®:
When an association values differences and creates a welcoming environment – one that is comfortable, inclusive, and empowering – it opens the door for innovation, increased participation and an elevated sense of community and belonging for all.
Welcoming Environment® is the creation of a sense of belonging and connectedness that engages individuals in an authentic manner in which uniqueness is valued, respected and supported through opportunities and interaction.
In the coming weeks, Association Forum will provide opportunities for members to stand in solidary with our city on recovery and be part of the plan for reconciliation. Thank you to the peaceful protesters for exercising their freedom of speech. Thank you to the police, fire and emergency responders who continue to protect our lives every day.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Geoffrey Brown, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
Association Forum Board Chair
Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO