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Dear Members,

 

We are surely not the first to reach out to you about the how the global coronavirus pandemic is affecting our industry, our economy, and our communities. However, we want you to know that you are very much on our minds and to update you on how the SQA is approaching the situation.

 

We wish to extend our best wishes to anyone who has been affected by the virus, especially those who are sick. Those of us who live in New York City are likely participating in what has become an evening ritual – clapping or banging on pots and pans to salute the city's medical workers. We are awed by the bravery and selflessness of our doctors, nurses, and EMT drivers and thankful for the daily acts of heroism exhibited by the countless workers who continue to keep our city and country running.

 

Since its founding 55 years ago, the SQA has seen a number of bear markets, a global financial crisis, as well as significant changes to the investment industry. This is certainly one of the most challenging periods in the history of our organization. As you know, we have had to cancel our China-focused conference in March. We do not anticipate being able to hold any events for the rest of our program year. As with other organizations, we will follow the guidance of our health officials. While we are disappointed, your safety and well-being come first.

As we plan our events for the upcoming 2020-21 program year, we are fully aware that we may not be able to host large gatherings for quite some time. One limiting factor is obviously the absence of a proven and widely-available vaccine for the virus. In the meantime, we may develop reasonable protocols (e.g., rolling re-entry, widespread testing) which allow for some types of events to be held. At this point, we simply do not know. We are exploring options to offer fully virtual seminars or conferences.

 

What we do know is that we will work to offer the same high quality events you have come to expect from us. As mentioned above, these events may be fully virtual, with live streaming, Q&A, live polling, and perhaps in-app messaging to facilitate networking. With your support and understanding, we are confident we can continue to create opportunities to learn and engage with each other.

Please note that if you renewed your membership after January 1st, 2019, we will extend your membership for an additional six months.

Now, more than ever, we need to support each other to get through this challenging period. Please reach out to any of us if you require help, professional or personal, as we are a community of colleagues and friends. Additionally, if you would like to suggest a topic, volunteer to be on a conference-specific board, or help out with one of the many projects we are tackling (e.g., redesigning our website), we would love to hear from you!

 

As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and please know that we always value your questions, ideas and feedback.

Sincerely,

The Board of Directors


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