Connector Newsletter September 2021

Message from the Chair/CEO, Julia Demkowski CMC®


Thank you to all who have contacted me since our last newsletter! It is exciting to hear from members who are asking how they can help! I promise to reach back to all of you and welcome messages from members anytime. 

Your new National Board of Directors had a successful first full board meeting on August 27th. The board is diligently working on finalizing a strategic plan to move IMC USA forward with continued focus on membership value, growth, and retention. We ask for your continued support and patience as we prepare to roll out several new and many improved features, benefits, and programs for our members!

Of course, our immediate focus is on our 2021 National Conference, 2022 Membership Campaign, and continued Memberclicks platform features and benefits. 

As we continue to roll out a new organizational structure we are focused on increased communication between the national board, committees, and chapters. Soon we will be able to create group pages for committees, chapters, leadership groups, and Special Interest Groups on Memberclicks! 

Other areas either in progress or coming soon are:

In progress:

  • Creating Committee, Chapter, and SIG Charters and Management Tools
  • More Sprint or Ad Hoc Opportunities Making Volunteering Easier and Less Time Consuming 
  • Secession Planning for National Board, Committees, and Chapters 
  • Update to Membership Category Benefits
  • Membership Renewal Campaign with New Incentives to Renew Early
  • Launch Of Academy Courses on LMS
  • Expert Clicks Press Releases
  • Membership Marketing Toolkit for Chapters
  • Ambassador Program and Onboarding via the Membership Committee
  • Social Media Member feature form now posted in Quick Links on Website (Completed)
  • Membership Marketing Toolkit for Chapters
  • Ad Hoc Committees In- progress for CMC Process and Panel Review Committees

Coming soon:

  • New Consultant Resources
  • Membership Perks Redesign and Offerings
  • Update To Procedures in Support of the New IMC USA By-Laws
  • Update To Affiliate Membership Program
  • New Strategic Partnership Program
  • Marketing Upgrade to Promote IMC USA, Academy Programs, and CMC
  • Consultant to Consultant Partnership 
  • Social Media CMC Member feature
  • Volunteer Opportunities Posted on Member Clicks
  • New Student Group
  • Updates to Academy, LMS programs, Management Consulting Certificate Program, and Mastering Management Consulting program
  • Update to C2M Live and Chat Room 

 A special thank you goes out to all who are volunteering to make IMC USA the best that it can be! WE ARE gaining traction and with your continued help and support we will reach our first goal of 1K members! 

As always, we strive to create opportunities to make it easier to volunteer via sprints or ad hoc committees. If you see an area where you would like to lend a hand, please reach out to Gregory Brooks or Julia Demkowski.

Welcome July - August New Members!

  • Siba Abssi, At-Large, Jeddah        
  • Alan Barnes, At-Large, Sanford, Florida
  • Albert Barreda, At-Large, Springfield, Missouri
  • Amit Bedi, At-Large, Miami, Florida
  • Dave Cofarro, Southern California, Fullerton, California
  • Jiljuana Coleman, At-Large, Cordova, Tennessee
  • David De Vore, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Christina  Divigard, At-Large, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Kathleen  Hustad, At-Large, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Richard Kennepohl, At-Large, Palmer, Alaska
  • Candice Mays, Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jaime McNair-Benn, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Texas
  • Daniel O'Reilly, National Capital Region, Portland, Oregon
  • Zheng, Qiongqiong, At-Large, Bellingham, Washington
  • Tara Sweeney, Northwest, Oregon & Washington, Girdwood, Alaska

Member Stories: What IMC USA Means To Me

A series of stories by our members. Add your story here:

"Association with other professionals, is stimulating, challenging and keeps a person growing personally and professionally. There is a difference between a 'JOB' and a 'CALLING'. You can quit, retire and stop a job but you can never leave a 'calling' because it becomes part of you! Consulting is my 'Calling'."


G. Dan Lumpkin CMC®
Lumpkin & Associates


The Membership Committee is now launching its action plan. Top priorities include:

1) Assist Chapter Recruitment Efforts
2) On-Boarding New Members (with Ambassadors)
3) Fall Renewal Campaign

Interested in contributing to any of the above actions? Contact Membership Committee Chair, Rob Johnson CMC® at [email protected]

The next Membership Matters Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST.

  • IMC USA announces two exciting offers to make it easier to become a part of our community this fall. 
  • 15 for 12 Campaign - Join now and receive membership through 12/31/2022. The $50 application fee will also be waived. This represents a significant savings.

Conference combo pricing - The COMBO Plan enables anyone to take advantage of all the benefits of an IMC USA Membership through December 2022 AND includes Consult-Con 2021 registration. To take advantage of this valuable offer please complete this form and return to [email protected]

In Memoriam


Dr. Gayle Carson CMC®, FIMC – 1938 – 2021

It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of one of our consulting champions, Dr. Gayle Carson - DeVecht, International Author and Speaker. 

Gayle came to Miami in 1958 where she created and was CEO of the largest Modeling and Casting Agency in the US outside of LA and NY. She grew the business into 350 employees and represented some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Gayle led a glamorous life in the original hey days of Fabulous Miami in the 50's, 60's and 70's. She sold her business in 1980 and became an International Author and Speaker on Business, writing 7 best selling books, and speaking on 6 continents and over 50 countries. At the time of her passing, she hosted 12 national radio shows on business.

She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a BA in Broadcasting, Theater, and Speech, and received her Doctorate from NOVA Southeastern University. She was deeply involved with both institutions and was on the Board of both Universities. She also chaired and was a board member of numerous professional organizations.

Dynamic and Inspirational, Gayle changed lives wherever she went and influenced countless people across the globe to pursue their dreams and lead more fulfilling lives. She believed in making the most of every moment. "When you refuse to give into negativity , the impossible becomes possible."

She loved her family and pets. She met and married the love of her life, Norman DeVecht, a Real Estate Developer, in Coral Gables, FL in 1963. They enjoyed 45 magical years together before his passing in 2008. Gail is also pre-deceased by her son, Steven DeVecht, Madrid, Spain. She is survived by her son, Scott DeVecht and son-in-law, Todd Brinton, Rancho Mirage, CA; her daughter, Tracy DeVecht; granddaughter, Sarah; and great grandchildren, Zion and Zia, Troy, AL.

Consult-Con Virtual Conference 


 At last year's annual Consult-Con, we honored Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Pemberton as recipients of our Lifetime Contribution accolade. At this year's virtual program, we honor two giants of the consulting world, Dr. Philip Kotler, whose development of the principles of modern business marketing have earned him the moniker "the father of modern marketing," and the late Peter Drucker who will be presented the honor posthumously. By gifting it to the Claremont College Drucker School of Management and its Drucker Institute, which houses the research and writings of Mr. Drucker, IMC USA will be participating in the perpetuation of the legacy of Mr. Drucker, called by many "the greatest management consultant of all time." A teacher and scholar at Claremont, Mr. Drucker was a member of the Claremont faculty. To register for Consult-Con 2021, visit

Special Thanks to this Year's Conference Sponsors 

Diamond Sponsors 

Platinum Sponsors 

Gold Sponsors

Certified Management Consultant (CMC®)

The CMC® brand is gaining notoriety in the area of management consulting. The need for independent management consultants and how those services are delivered is changing. Our commitment is to keep the CMC® brand valued by making sure that the requirements and process result in a consultant who is CMC® measures up to the current set criteria.

The Certified Management Consultant® (CMC®) mark is awarded by IMC USA to consultants who have achieved a level of performance that includes professional standards in technical competency and ethics, and global standards in consulting competencies, professional behavior, client and project management, and personal conduct. Learn more today!

IMC USA Foundation 

IMCUSA Foundation is pleased to announce its support of IMC USA’s annual conference (see through the award of scholarships for full tuition.  The scholarships are open to Young Professional Members of IMC USA in our support of their education about consulting and being part of our profession.  As of this date, we have awarded a full scholarship to Ahmet Akdag (Strategy and E-Commerce consulting) practicing from both New Jersey and Turkey.

For more information, please visit or contact David Norman CMC-AF, FIMC at [email protected].

Recurring Events

These events occur on the same date/time of each month. Please add to your calendar as a recurring event.

  • C2M Live! – Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. EDT

C2M Live! Webinars Are Facilitated Discussions Where Consultants Learn, Connect, and Grow Their Consulting Practice. 

This Month’s Topic: Marketing Done Right - Two Experts Share the Very BEST and the Very WORST Ways To Market Your Services.

Details & Registration Soon

Upcoming Chapter Events

* COVID-19 NOTICE: Some chapter meetings are virtual and some are in-person or hybrid. Please check with each chapter accordingly. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

There are 10 chapters throughout the United States that serve members on a local basis – including programming and networking. Please click here to determine the closest chapter to your vicinity.

Nonprofit Consultants Network

After temporarily be going dark in August for a summer break, we are back in action again in September. Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Nonprofit Consultant Network event:

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 

2:00 – 3:00 pm PT, 3:00 – 4:00 pm MT, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CT; 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET

Nonprofit Consultants Virtual NETWORKING Happy Hour

Register at the following link:

Do you consult with nonprofit organizations – or want to learn more about it? This is the place for you! These are informal opportunities to meet other consultants and chat about topics of mutual interest, build relationships, and explore ways to collaborate.

Ed Potter, CAE
IMC USA Nonprofit Consultants Network 

Scan the QR code below or click here to connect with us!