iSMA Board of Directors Election – January 2021
Review the Candidates
The following iSMA Members have put themselves forward for general election by members to the iSMA Board of Directors.
Vote by January 21
Click on the link below to vote for four candidates to join the iSMA Board of Directors.
Angela’s research focus is on disabilities and inclusion in public health initiatives to decrease health disparities for people who are intellectually disabled. Her research aims to understand the impact the socio-ecological environment has on active living for this population. Angela’s scientific interests incorporate two areas, the first, to see what are the determinants of active living for people with intellectual disabilities and the second, methods that would enable a more inclusive research process for this population. Angela has undertaken social marketing interventions in three countries, Australia, Greece and America. Her commercial marketing background and her work with a variety of stakeholders across three continents would stand her in good stead to take on the key leadership role of Volunteer Chair as part of her Board duties. She has confirmed her interest in being a member of the iSMA Board.
Since joining the iSMA Board in November 2018, as the iSMA Webinar Manager & Professional Development Workgroup Chair, I helped iSMA meet two of its primary goals related to its webinar series: reducing costs by transitioning to a more cost-efficient, user-friendly webinar platform; and increasing webinar registration and attendance numbers. Our 2020 webinar series received its highest registration and attendance numbers in its history. In 2020, I took the initiative to chair a professional development workgroup of my iSMA peers to oversee the planning and successful launch and implementation its first online course in social marketing with a professional certificate. This summer we are transitioning future online courses to an e-learning management system, which will greatly enhance the student experience for future courses. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to help iSMA expand its professional development offerings to meet the needs of its diverse membership.
Foluké Abigail Badejo
I would like to nominate for election to the iSMA Board of Directors in 2020. I am Nigerian born and raised, and now living in Brisbane, Australia. I’m a current member of, and Queensland Hub Lead for the Australian Association of Social Marketing. I’m a Research Fellow at QUT, and founder of Grace + Grit Social Enterprise. I work across issues including modern slavery and human trafficking, child food and nutrition, family violence, and gender inequality.
If elected I will commit to bring new ideas, drive, tenacity and conviction to realise the following ambitions for the field of Social Marketing:
- redefine social marketing for a global audience to broaden social marketing’s sustained application, reach, effectiveness and impact
- steer the field towards an explicit SDGs agenda
- integrate intersectionality as a guiding design principle for social marketing research and practice
- lead the decolonisation of dominance hierarchies, systems, processes and practices that prevent knowledge democracy in social marketing toward polyvocal representation
- increase awareness of social marketing as a behavioural science to broaden its global adoption and application
- role model transformational leadership, grace and grit in social marketing and inspire the next generation of change agents, particularly marginalized young women and girls to be bold, fearless and relentless in the pursuit of Social Justice and Equality.
I would also be willing to serve in one of the open leadership roles on the board.
I have worked for over 35 years as an academic, practitioner and advocate for social marketing. I have authored and co-authored a number of books, academic papers and social marketing guides and have chaired iSMA working groups that develop both the iSMA global consensus definition and social marketing principles. I have also developed the world and European social marketing conferences. I have worked with governments, WHO, UN and other prestigious organisations. I have extensive Board level experience and know how to foster collegiate working. If elected I will work with board members, the wider membership and affiliated associations to promote social marketing as a force for good in the world.
I am interested in continuing to serve on the iSMA Board of Directors where I have been serving for the last three years as the Communication Chair. Prior to those three years, I worked for four years as a volunteer for iSMA. As such, I have been affiliated with iSMA for 7 consecutive years.
During my time as Communication Chair on the iSMA Board, I have managed a team of social marketers who support iSMA with bi-monthly newsletter content, social media gurus, web designers, and bloggers, all committed to the advancement of iSMA and social marketing practice in general.
As an iSMA Board member, and with an incredible team of communicators from around the globe, I have stood up a new, and for the first time for iSMA, responsive website. I also organized a team of 7 social marketers from around the world to blog for iSMA. I have worked with the team to become more adept at using social media channels to market iSMA and its associations’ content.
I welcome an opportunity to continue to serve on the iSMA Board. I bring much institutional knowledge to bear with 7 years of history and growth and association with the people who have been involved in creating this organization. There are many projects waiting in the wings that I am eager to implement with the Board to ensure that iSMA is, in the fullest sense of the word, an international social marketing organization and will strengthen social marketing practice around the world.
As soon as I obtained my undergraduate degree, I knew that my personal interest and passion were in the ‘social’ market. However, the opportunities for me to excel in this market with a qualification that was inclined to commerce, trade and industry were limited but not impossible. Hence, my interest to specialize in Social Marketing by pursuing a PhD. Therefore, serving on the Board of the iSMA will give me an opportunity to share insights on Social Marketing from an African perspective. This will also put me in a strategic position to sell the Marketing profession in Zambia and other African countries, as one that goes beyond commerce and industry. I look forward to working and interacting with Social Marketers across different disciplines, cultures and continents by serving on the iSMA Board as a Volunteer Chair.
Marisol Alonso Vázquez
Dr Marisol Alonso Vázquez is a proud member of the Latin American Social Marketing Association -LAMSO where she serves as strategic planner and she is leading the tracking of the history of social marketing in Latin America. She is also conducting research on social marketing practices in leisure settings. She can assist during the board elections representing LAMSO and other iSMA volunteer work related to strategic planning.
She has more than twenty years working on fostering social and economic development via foreign trade, education and research practices. She has being able to work on this noble cause while working for multinational companies, governmental institutions, public and private Universities in diverse management and marketing related roles. Her work experiences and a degree in Foreign Trade -Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, 2000 – have allowed her to develop a sharp international mindset adaptable to diverse multicultural work environments. Born in Mexico and now based in Australia, she has been able to put in practice the knowledge that she has gained while studying and working in Spain as well as her experience working for USA multinational companies as a market researcher and foreign trade practitioner.
Dr Marisol’s passion is encouraging people to discover new knowledge and empower them to improve theirs and others’ lives; as a consequence the social marketing practice has been the main focus of her academic research. For example, in her master thesis she studied social marketing activities in corporations within the Spanish context which allowed her to start conducting basic research in the Mexican context while working for a public university -Polytechnic University of San Luis Potosí, 2007 -. In her PhD thesis, she opted for using the community-based social marketing framework to study on-site pro-environmental behaviours at leisure settings. She obtained her PhD degree in 2015 granted by the University of Queensland and her master in marketing in 2003 granted by the Autonomous University of Madrid.
As social marketing turns 50, the time has come for us to celebrate our many wins. As an iSMA Board Member or President I would work collaboratively to further advance social marketing’s standing in the social change landscape. Social marketing offers a unique advantage and we can shout loud and proud to show decision makers that social marketing delivers win-win-win solutions.
I seek to serve the global community as an iSMA Board Member and I am prepared to stand for President.