[Owasp-board] [Owasp-leaders] Requesting Community Feedback on Virtual Management

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Thu Jun 19 15:41:33 UTC 2014

I do agree with your approach, and think it makes sense to leverage a
committee approach similar to that proposed in finding a replacement ED,
but my concern is that for every day we wait for a committee to determine
what our next best step is, that is a day that we lose for the replacement
and Sarah to transition tasks.  Sarah's expressed desire was to have a
replacement in place and on-boarded no later than August 4th with her
staying on until August 22nd (assuming the baby doesn't come early).  We
have roughly a month and a half based on her proposed deadline to find
someone, train them, and make the transition.  The Virtual proposal was not
designed as a replacement ED, but rather, a way to get someone up and
running quickly for this transition without the significant time investment
of interviewing and hiring.  If we were to consider your suggestion, do you
think that we could still meet Sarah's August 4th deadline between
assembling the committee, drafting the RFP, searching suppliers,
interviewing, hiring, and training/transition?


On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM, Carlos Allendes <carlos.allendes at owasp.org>

> Josh
> Answering the initial question.
> If we want to evaluate an external service provider (even the replacement
> of Executive Director).   I think that there should be a formal process of
> selecting suppliers with an RFP that define the objectives, scope,
> penalties...   ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Request_for_proposal  )
> If we want OWASP grow up. Everything should be formal... and radically
> transparent.
> Josh
> If the board wishes we can assemble a work-team that drafted the RFP and
> make this formal search for suppliers... then select finalists for the
> board last  eval/selection.
> Hope this help.
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> 2014-06-18 17:24 GMT-04:00 Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org>:
>> OWASP Community,
>> As you already know, our Executive Director, Sarah Baso, recently
>> announced
>> <http://lists.owasp.org/pipermail/owasp-leaders/2014-June/012007.html>
>> that she will be leaving OWASP in August in order to spend quality time
>> with the coming addition to her family.  Since she initially notified us of
>> her intent, the Board and Sarah began the conversation of how OWASP would
>> move forward in her absence.  I think we all are aware that Sarah has made
>> some amazing contributions to our organization and her absence will not go
>> unnoticed.  That said, it is important for us to think about a short-term
>> transition plan as well as a long-term vision for the role of Executive
>> Director at OWASP.
>> No decisions have been made yet, but the Board believes that there may be
>> significant value in working with a third-party professional management
>> firm with experience in global finance, human resources, and non-profit
>> growth in order to help us to assess where we are today and where we would
>> like to get to with the Foundation.  The goal would be to use them to
>> transition many of Sarah's current responsibilities, leverage their
>> expertise to determine if there are areas that we can improve upon, and
>> then reassess our options at that time (tentatively Q4 2014).  We could
>> elect to keep them around, conduct a search for a new Executive Director,
>> or whatever we all feel makes sense as we push forward.
>> After researching several such services, we have all been very impressed
>> with a company called Virtual Management Inc.
>> <http://www.virtualmgmt.com/manage-your-association/>  Their support
>> would include time from Greg Kohn
>> <https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=9724195> as the Team Lead, Tom
>> Pappas <https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=23028879> for Finance
>> and Grants, and Janice Carroll
>> <https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=37004151> for Operations.
>> They have a large volume of experience working with non-profit
>> organizations similar to our own and received a positive review for their
>> current work with the Apache Software Foundation.
>> * QUESTION: Has anyone had a business relationship with: Virtual
>> Management Inc. or Wakefield, MA or any of its employees? Website:
>> http://www.virtualmgmt.com/ <http://www.virtualmgmt.com/> Linkedin:
>> https://www.linkedin.com/company/50550
>> <https://www.linkedin.com/company/50550>*
>> We are conducting our due diligence and are looking for anyone who has
>> had either GOOD or BAD experiences with Virtual.  OWASP Community, if you
>> have any feedback regarding Virtual, we would love to hear your comments.
>> Please, if you have any thoughts, feel free to respond back to this
>> message, send us an e-mail in private, or call any of us up.  We have a
>> contract from Virtual, but wanted to make sure that there were no
>> significant concerns from the community before signing.  We've set a soft
>> deadline of 5:00 PM PST on Friday, June 20th to try and collect all
>> feedback and make a decision on how to proceed.  Thank you very much in
>> advance for anything that you can add to this conversation!
>> Sincerely,
>> The OWASP Board of Directors
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