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Dr. Connie S. Uy's Tenure Culminates in a Momentous Turnover Ceremony

Date: January 20, 2024

Location: Hank Gallo Community Center at Lincoln Park, Jersey City


"In the symphony of service, Dr. Connie S. Uy orchestrated a decade, weaving threads of dedication and inspiration into the very fabric of PAFCOM. As she takes her final bow, we embark on a heartfelt reflection, expressing profound gratitude and love for the indelible marks she leaves behind."


In a moment of profound significance at the 2024 PAFCOM Turnover Ceremony, held within the welcoming confines of the Hank Gallo Community Center, Dr. Connie S. Uy elegantly concluded her illustrious 10-year tenure as the Chair of PAFCOM's Board. This ceremony marked the pinnacle of a decade-long leadership role, imprinting an enduring legacy on the fabric of the organization.

Dr. Uy's address, delivered with a blend of professionalism and insight, encapsulated her multifaceted journey and the wisdom gained during her tenure. As she navigated the responsibilities of chairing PAFCOM, her role extended beyond administrative duties, encompassing guidance, event planning, financial advising, and conflict resolution.

A focal point of Dr. Uy's reflections was the realization of innovative projects planned during her leadership. Her emphasis on witnessing the tangible outcomes of these initiatives highlighted the rewarding nature of her role as PAFCOM chair.

In alignment with key principles of leadership, Dr. Uy underscored the importance of understanding generational mindsets. Emphasizing the need to adapt and innovate, she urged leaders to harness the creative energy of the younger generation while integrating the experience of seasoned workers into the organizational values and vision.

Drawing inspiration from notable figures such as Steve Jobs, John Quincy Adams, John Seaman Gams, and Michael Dell, Dr. Uy conveyed essential leadership principles. Notably, she shared Michael Dell's six points applicable to everyday experiences, emphasizing the significance of building a vision, collaboration, and acknowledging one's roots.

  1. Build a vision of how it could be better and work like hell to make it happen.

  2. There is no such thing as a self-made success.

  3. The greatest mistake you can make is thinking you can do it all by yourself.

  4. Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, you invite smarter people or find a different room. In professional circles, it’s called networking. In organizations, it’s called team building. And in life, it’s called family, friends, and community.

  5. Always remember where you came from… Of the places that helped shape us.

  6. Count the blessings that our path has taken us through.

At the turnover event, Rosalinda Rupel was announced as the new Chair of the Board. This seamless transition in leadership underscores the continuity and collaborative spirit within PAFCOM.

Adding to the significance of the event, Dr. Connie S. Uy was honored as the recipient of the Presidential Award, presented by 2023 PAFCOM President, Roxanne Cajigas. This prestigious recognition exemplifies Dr. Uy's dedication and outstanding contributions to the organization.

The ceremony also featured a thoughtful expression of gratitude from PAFCOM to Dr. Uy for her decade-long commitment and transformative leadership. The organization recognized her dedication to fostering a sense of community spirit and extending PAFCOM's impact beyond geographical boundaries.

As she embraces retirement, Dr. Connie S. Uy remains steadfast in her commitment to guide and support PAFCOM, ensuring that her wealth of experience and leadership continues to inspire and influence the organization's trajectory.


Written by: Ness Liwanag


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