Fifteen Years with ISFSI: A Personal Reflection on My Journey

By Leigh Hubbard posted 03-27-2024 12:16


Fifteen years. It's a significant milestone by any measure, and as I reflect on my journey with ISFSI, I'm filled with a multitude of emotions - gratitude, nostalgia, pride, and excitement for the future.

I remember the day I met the leadership team at the National Fire Academy in 2009, much younger and eager, ready to embark on a new chapter of my professional life. Back then, I had no idea of the impact that ISFSI would have on me, both personally and professionally.

In those initial years, I spent countless hours developing a keen knowledge, honing my relationships, and immersing myself in the culture of the industry and the team that held the Society in great esteem. I was fortunate to work alongside talented fire service professionals who inspired me, pushing me to reach new heights and exceed my own expectations.

As time passed, my role evolved, presenting me with opportunities for growth and development that I could have never imagined. Whether it was leading critical industry related projects, mentoring team members, or representing ISFSI on a global stage, each experience shaped me in profound ways, equipping me with the tools and confidence to tackle whatever came my way.

But it wasn't just the professional milestones that made my time with ISFSI special; it was the people - the Society members who became friends, the mentors who became confidants, and the leaders who became sources of inspiration. Together, we weathered challenges, celebrated successes, and forged bonds that transcended the confines of the organization alone.

Of course, there were moments of doubt and uncertainty along the way - times when I questioned my path, faced setbacks, or wondered if I was living up to my potential. Yet, it was during these moments that I discovered the true strength of my character and the unwavering support of my ISFSI family.

Now, as I mark fifteen years with ISFSI, I find myself at a crossroads - a juncture where the past meets the future, and endless possibilities lie ahead. While I'm immensely proud of all that I've accomplished during my time here, I know that the journey is far from over. There are still mountains to climb, challenges to conquer, and dreams to pursue.

As I look ahead to the next fifteen years and beyond, I do so with a sense of gratitude for the opportunities I've been given, the lessons I've learned, and the relationships I've forged. My time with ISFSI has been nothing short of transformative, and I am forever grateful for the role it has played in shaping the person I am today.

Cheers to ISFSI, the place I've called home, and to the journey that lies ahead. And most importantly, here's to the incredible individuals who have made this journey not only possible but truly unforgettable.