But I look back at those years, grateful for the fruitful experiences I've lived through, as each challenge led to the next, and helped shape me into the woman who stands before you now. Very few people are given the honor of serving the one organization they treasure the most – their source of pride and joy – and I am one of those lucky people. But I wouldn't be here before you now if it weren't for all the challenging experiences I've had to live and learn through. Because of this, I am grateful for every experience.
As many of you know, LEAP is about building an exceptional community for all of us Administrative Professionals. Through the years, I've grown to know and love the people I've met through LEAP, and it is these very people who have made even just the thought of me being elected Chairperson possible. I'd like to thank my mentors Ms. Jinky, Ms. Frances, Ms. Ching - the brilliant leaders of LEAP who spent time with me as I tried to learn the ropes of LEAP. These people serve as proof of the greater things that LEAP is able to accomplish – providing Administrative Professionals an excellent community that they can rely on.
Of course, I know that I have a long way to go if I ever wish to be able to live up to this new task and honor the title that you've blessed me with. As I begin my new role, I'd like to issue one of my own challenges to you, anchored in the most fundamental missions of LEAP: to allow others to grow through the meaningful sharing of experiences, to hone the next leaders of our great organization. Throughout the year, you can expect continuous learning, personal excellence with LEAP –these are meant to help usher us into a new era of success. However, they require your utmost cooperation and intentional care and because of this, I need to ask: will you help me transform LEAP into the absolute best organization for the Administrative Professionals? I believe this position is just the beginning. I promise to never betray the trust afforded to me, and to instead use my skills to help grow the organization, proud not just because of being awarded the title, but also because I know that I've been given the opportunity to improve.
I may be anxious, but I know that with the support of such an intelligent, talented body driven by intense desire to see the organization fulfill its mission, LEAP WILL GROW BY LEAPs and BOUNDs. Thank you and enjoy the rest of the evening.
Ms. Tintin S. Cobreros