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ISA: Growing Stronger Together for a Brighter Future

As a part of the International Society of Automation (ISA) communityI see firsthand how our Society needs your help to continue to grow.

The innate desire for growth propels us forward as individuals and organizations alike. At ISA, our journey of growth is intertwined with the continued expansion of our membership base: the lifeblood of our organization. The ISA community drives our standards, training, and technical knowledge, fueling innovation and progress in the field of automation.

As our membership expands, so does our ability to deliver value to our community and the industries we serve. With broader resources, increased influence in setting automation standards expanded networking opportunities, and diverse perspectiveswe can collectively tackle the challenges and opportunities of our ever-evolving landscape.

Reflecting on ISA's history, we have experienced fluctuations in membership over the years. While we have seen shared global challenges like the rise of online information accessibility and economic instability, we remain steadfast in our commitment to growth and resilience. We have learned valuable lessons from our past, and now, we are charting a course for a thriving future.

Encouragingly, we have seen steady growth in membership in recent years— even approaching 15,000 members in 2023. This momentum is a testament to the dedication of our professional staff and the unwavering support of our members.

When our membership grows, it is a clear sign that what ISA is offering in terms of programs, services, and events is resonating with our audience. In other words, we are on the right track and delivering what our community needs most. But our growth journey does not end hereit is a collective effort that requires every member of Team ISA to contribute.

I ask each of you to play a role in promoting ISA within your networks and deepening your engagement in the Society.

Here are some ideas for how to demonstrate to your colleagues that ISA is a vibrant and welcoming community:

With concerted efforts, we could achieve significant growth and further solidify our position as leaders in automation standards and practices. Together, let us make it a priority to foster growth, diversity, and opportunity within our community. By expanding our membership and nurturing an environment for personal and professional development, we are not just building a stronger ISAwe're shaping a better world through automation.

Eddie Habibi
Eddie Habibi
Eddie Habibi serves as a member of the Executive Board of Directors at ISA. As the founder and former CEO of PAS Global, he spearheaded the company's evolution from an automation consulting firm in 1993 to a prominent global provider of OT Cybersecurity and Alarm Management software company, culminating in its acquisition by Hexagon. Additionally, Eddie is a published author, having authored two highly influential books, The Alarm Management Handbook and The High Performance HMI Handbook, which are widely utilized resources within the power and processing industries.

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