Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Today I've been thinking a great deal about a social work leader in NC whom I admire immensely. I'm thinking about Jack Register, who for the past several years has been the Director of Advocacy and Legislation at NASW NC Chapter. Jack will be stepping down June 30, and this is a huge loss for the Chapter and for social workers across the state.

The leadership skills I most admire and learn about from Jack are his ability to be simultaneously passionate and articulate about an issue. When he lobbied he could present a logical and persuasive argument with energy and intensity--a truly compelling combination. His energy level is huge and his identification and dedication to the profession of social work is total.

Jack has made a difference in this state; lots of legislation, including title protection for social workers, the anti-bullying bill, and others, are thanks to him. He will be tremendously missed at NASW NC, but he leaves a legacy of which he can be proud, and for which we can all be grateful.

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