TEI Website and Community Manager Lorelei Bassi on TEI Connect.

Position:Tax Executives Institute - Interview

TEI has launched TEI Connect to provide a user-friendly platform for its members. To find out more about this uber-practical online tool, we interviewed Lorelei Bassi, TEI's website and community manager.

Q. What is TEI Connect?

A. TEI Connect is TEI's newly launched community system, designed to be a user-friendly platform of online communities that gives our members, chapters, committees, and special interest groups a way to communicate, network, and exchange information in a secure and feature-rich environment.

Q. How do members use TEI Connect?

A. Members are automatically part of TEI Connect via their chapter and regional affiliation, as well as their committee membership. Once logged in, members can visit the communities they already belong to, and also search out industry and tax-area-specific communities to join. Once in a community, users can read announcements, download documents, add events to their personal calendars, post discussion items or answer questions, network with their peers, and check out activities throughout the Institute.

Q. Can members take tutorials to become familiar with TEI Connect?

A. Absolutely. There is a group called "Community Resource," which has a number of manuals and recorded webinars to help users get a handle on how to use TEI Connect. And I highly encourage users to post requests or questions on the discussion boards--if there's a webinar or tutorial that they'd like to see on the group, I am more than happy to create a new event focused on that topic.

Q. Is networking easier on TEI Connect?

A. Much, much easier than in the previous iteration. This is also why we encourage our users to fill out their TEI Connect profile. Having your biographical, educational, and work experience information makes it easier for other members to find you via keywords. The system also allows users to message and connect within the system versus taking...

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