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SDA National President's Message - April 2019

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019


SDA National President, Susan Lankey, CDFA, brings you her April 2019 update from the great outdoors. Check out the latest video blog (Vlog) with her co-star Oakie!

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What's On Your Reading List?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What’s on your bookshelf or nightstand for reading? Do you enjoy curling up with a good book at the end of the day to unwind or over your lunch break to catch a few minutes of escape from the craziness of the office? Many of us enjoy the chance to escape into a fiction book that give us the chance to explore new worlds and meet new characters.

But have you considered the power of reading some non-fiction books to advance your career? We know that we are shaped by what we learn, and reading is a vital tool in the learning of any new skill.  Many successful leaders were avid readers and have created reading lists. In fact, did you know that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has a reading list for his organization? Their list is to help develop a common understanding for employees and executives alike. Bill Gates maintains a recommended reading list on his site Gatesnotes. Many academic institutions also publish reading lists for their incoming freshman and other student body members.

The SDA National Education Committee has been busy creating our own Recommended Reading List to help advance your professional career.  We’ve listed books that have been recommended to us by our members that they have found useful in their office and/or job. The list continues to be updated and we are beginning to add summaries to some of the books that our members have found useful. All books have a link to Amazon in case you would like to purchase them for your library and/or reading pleasure. Reading truly is a key element in our professional development, so check out the list and let us know what you think.

Have you read a good book that helped advanced your career? Share the title, author and why it made an impact for you in the comment box below. We would love to add new titles to our recommended reading list that you all have enjoyed.

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Word Nerd: Is it advice or advise?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019



If you can remember that advise is a verb and advice is a noun, you shouldn’t have trouble using those two words incorrectly. And another thing: The s in advise is pronounced like a z. The c in advice is pronounced like an s.

So what’s the difference between the two words?

When you are telling someone what you think they should do, or if you are informing someone about something in a formal way, use advise.

When you are offering guidance or recommendations to someone, use advice.



  • SDA National advises all members to read the SDA Code of Ethics.
  • The chapter president advised its officers to read the chapter bylaws and standing rules.
  •  [Language copied from SDA’s white paper template. In the last sentence, I switched out “recommended” for “advises.”] The contents of SDA White Papers are considered the opinion of the author.  SDA does not endorse any products or services mentioned, and SDA does not assume responsibility for any circumstances arising out of the interpretation, application, use or misuse of any information presented. SDA advises the reader to consult the appropriate legal, financial or human resource counsel before implementing information contained herein.
  • Let me give you some advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Just worry about what you can control within your circle of influence.
  • SDA members are tremendous source of information, and they can offer business advice in the areas of HR, finance, project management, marketing, and general office administration.
  • I need your advice on the projector you think we should buy for the office.




Judy Beebe, FSDA is a member of the SDA National Membership

Committee and serves as the 2019-2020 Seattle Chapter Vice President.

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Welcome to Our Newest SDA Members

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Monday, April 8, 2019

Please join us in welcoming our newest SDA members:

First Name Last Name Firm Chapter
Erika McClain DLR Group Portland
Kathleen Monaghan Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP New York
Donna Savely Savely Healthcare Architects, Inc. Orange County
Jenna Selitto Gensler Dallas
Patty Sprecco HBG Design San Diego
Celeste Urrutia Calliston RTKL Dallas


Be sure to connect with our newest members on SocialLink and encourage them to join in our many discussions!

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SDA National President's Message - March 2019

Posted By Stephanie Kirschner, FSDA, Thursday, March 21, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2019


SDA National President, Susan Lankey, CDFA, is back with another update along with a few new faces for her March 2019 message. Be sure to leave a comment in the box below.

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