Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you will spend some time here and communicate with me with your ideas and suggestions.
I’m asking for your vote for President-Elect to serve as lead communicator and collaborator for ACS. I believe the role of the presidential succession is a collaborative one, working with ACS members, and with partners outside ACS to achieve our shared goals.
The power of chemistry and the scientific method is that experiments can be repeated, facts established, and used to make rational decisions. However, science is currently being politicized and the credibility of science undermined. Scientists are being censored and research funding cut. Education is underfunded and educators under-supported.
ACS, and science, are facing new types of challenges which require new kinds of solutions.
Employment challenges exist for members just finishing school, and for mid- and late-career chemists. Employment with one company for an entire career is rare, and more jobs are in small companies. Additional challenges exist for 2-career couples.
The large and diverse membership of ACS has a great potential for crowd-sourcing solutions for these and other challenges, and for creating new approaches to expand our relevance and effectiveness. To do this, our members must see ACS as relevant to meeting their needs and aspirations. The interests and dreams of individual members vary widely. We can develop a more sophisticated approach to engaging and supporting ALL our members at ALL stages and transitions in their careers.
What experience and ideas do I bring to the job?
My experience in ACS provides a solid foundation to address our challenges. I’ve long focused on the welfare of our members, with an emphasis on inclusivity, and with significant work in local sections, divisions, and regional meetings, the communities that are the lifeblood of ACS.
I have substantive experience with advocacy at the international, national, state, and local levels, both from my work in ACS, and from my work in the pharma industry and with patient groups. I believe we can strengthen the effectiveness of our advocacy by better supporting state programs, and by supporting scientists interested in being involved in the political process from the level of school board through Capitol Hill.
In my industry career, I’ve been responsible for building and managing new programs and had to manage layoffs and job losses (including my own). A high percentage of jobs are now obtained through referrals. They are also harder to find because they are in small enterprises. We can enable better communication regarding employment opportunities by and for our members in small companies and start-ups everywhere.
I’ve collaborated with universities, two-year colleges, and professional scientific societies including NOBCChE, SACNAS, AWIS, and AIChE, on programs for education, employment and underserved communities. Internationally, I have been fortunate to form strong relationships with leaders in scientific societies in many countries.
I want to strengthen collaborations between academia and industry, and with our scientific society partners so that we can stand together to advocate for science, for research, for education, for jobs.
Finally, I believe I have the energy, enthusiasm, experience, and time for the important work ahead.
I humbly ask for your support, and ask you to join the collaboration. Please send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.