RE: NomCom 2020 Announcement of Selections

John C Klensin <> Sun, 24 January 2021 23:46 UTC

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Subject: RE: NomCom 2020 Announcement of Selections
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--On Sunday, January 24, 2021 23:28 +0000 Adrian Farrel
<> wrote:

> Can I just top-post to throw into the mix that one of the
> candidate questionnaire questions is (quite reasonably) to you
> have support from your employer (financial and time) to fill
> this role. Answering this question, of course, means going to
> your employer and getting that support (or for independents
> finding a sponsor). This represents a certain investment in of
> reputation, may be a lot of work, and can be treated
> differently by employers when a candidate is not selected.
> None of that is to question where we are with the processes,
> but it should help explain why people might be more reluctant
> to put their names forward if they think they are not in with
> a reasonable chance.

Indeed.  And, while I didn't hear it this year (probably just
dumb luck), I've heard variations on the above (including
something like "my employer signed off once but won't make the
commitment again") several times when I've encouraged people to
run for various positions.