Sunday, January 11, 2009


AIESEC US December 2008 letter by Missy Shields, Interim NCP

Dear AIESEC members, AIESEC alumni and AIESEC friends,

The year of 2008 has been a momentous year for AIESEC. We celebrated our 60th anniversary, we expanded to new countries to give us a total of 106 AIESEC members, we recognized key alumni that have brought us to this place in history, and we exchanged thousands of individuals around the world.

Here in the United States, 2008 has proven to be a challenging, yet remarkable year. Shortly after the year began, at IPM 2008 AIESEC US was placed on member in alert status in the AIESEC association, because of processes that were in place in AIESEC US that were not compatible with the rest of the association. This loss was a huge wake up call for the organization and beginning in March, the membership began to re-look at the way it was operating.

By Summer, many internal changes began to take place within the organization and thus a large turnover of staff occurred by September. This turnover led to a period of rebuilding that is still continuing even as this release is written. By mid-October, the National Presidents Meeting (NPM) was held to bring together all Local Committee Presidents (LCPs) from across the country to determine where the organization would go and how the rebuilding process would take place. Together, over 40 leaders spent hours discussing the recent history, understanding the path that lay ahead and dividing up work to take action and begin to rebuild.

The energy from NPM in October has carried us through the past two months. We have streamlined our operations, currently operating with a staff of 7 full time people and 3 part time. We held our Winter Conference 2008 in St. Louis and elected the next MCP for AIESEC US for the 2009-2010 term, Tiffany Curtiss! At this conference we also legislated our new compendium and basic operating principles. In the meantime, we have been rebranding our EVP+ (Non AIESEC exchange) product and a new website and brand will be launched in January 2009. Applications for the MC team are open and will close on January 16th, 2009. Two out of our three expansion countries (Oman, Bahrain and Qatar) have become legal entities and we are in the midst of an incredible push to do 60 exchanges between the United States, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. These are just a few of the amazing things that are going on within AIESEC US right now.

As we close 2008, we have ended the year with just over 400 exchanges. Although lower than last year, we feel pretty good knowing we were able to impact so many lives, even when the organization was going through such an enormous rebuilding process.

We want to thank all of you that have stepped in and supported us through the past few months. We would not have been able to regain our footing without your steadfast advice and encouragement. To all of you out there that may be out of touch with the organization, but are looking for a way to reconnect, I want to encourage you to reach out as there are more ways than ever for you to get involved at a local, national or global level.

In the meantime, please stay up to date with AIESEC US by checking out our blog: or by checking out the AIESEC US wiki at

We look forward to reconnecting with you soon!


Missy Shields
AIESEC United States


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