When we had the idea to commemorate 12/12/12 with a national conversation on board diversity there was only one thing to do, jump in with both feet. Our 1 1/2 year old campaign was doing well, but it was hardly the national phenomenon we know it will become. Our outreach strategy, forming 2020 Chapters in cities across the US, had not yet been realized. How to pull off a national event without budget or infrastructure? Think big.
We had organized the first 2020 Chapter in New Orleans early in the campaign. In 2012 we added two chapters, in Boston and New York. Each chapter, made up of volunteers committed to the 2020 mission, was charged with organizing an event. But three events could hardly be described as a national effort. In the end New Orleans held one, Boston held two and New York, the city that never sleeps, held four. Then there were seven.
We talked to everyone we knew: 2020 sponsors, affiliates, our board of leaders, colleges and universities and colleagues in like-minded organizations. We worked with Women on Line to help with our social media strategy and with YPO/WIN's event consultant, Kelly Kelly to help us with outreach. Breanna Bakke our Assistant Director became a whiz at EventBrite. Our friends at ION, Catalyst, the 30% Coalition and 85 Broads helped.
In July we had 15 events on the calendar. By the September there were 20. We signed on our 27th event last week, at the Leeds School of Business, University of Boulder. And on 12/12/12 we learned that Dassault Systemes, in Waltham, MA was holding an event for their women employees. Now there were 28.