Chairman’s Chatter: Collaboration
On behalf of your International Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate you on a very successful Annual Meeting. Thank you to our members, volunteers, staff, sponsors, and vendors for your contributions to its success. Congratulations also, to our award winners and to the GAMP® Community of Practice (CoP) on their 25-year anniversary .
It has been just five weeks since our Annual Meeting and activities in each of the four focus areas I spoke about at the meeting have been initiated. Today, I would like to share with you some recent activities related to “Collaboration”.
On 5 October, I had the pleasure of attending our Boston Chapter’s Annual Product Show. Joining me were Board members Tim Howard and Joe Famulare, and our CEO/President John Bournas. We had the opportunity to engage with ISPE colleagues, several students and young professionals. It was great to see past International Board Director, Doyle Johnson, receive the Boston Chapter’s prestigious “Hank Moes Lifetime Achievement” award. Congratulations to Doyle for winning this award and to our Boston Chapter on a successful product show!
The New Jersey Chapter, ISPE’s oldest Chapter, also celebrated its 30th anniversary last week. John Bournas and I joined more than 100 attendees to celebrate this important milestone. I had the distinct pleasure of sitting with and getting feedback from several young professionals who were very enthusiastic about ISPE. Congratulations to our New Jersey Chapter for your 30-year accomplishment and a successful event. Here’s to 30 more years!
Also noted, at both the Boston and New Jersey Chapter events, were members wearing their “Women in Pharma” lapel pins. Clearly, the inaugural event at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo was a big hit and members recognize the value of women in pharma. Thank you Fran Zipp and Charlotte Enghave Fruergaard for leading this important initiative.
A request for Young Professionals (YP) representation on key ISPE committees has been issued and Brody Stara, ISPE International Young Professionals Chair, is working with committee chairs to identify interested YP representatives to serve on them. Brody and I have initiated discussions for a YP brainstorming event in August 2017. Watch for more specific information in upcoming communications.
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By: Mike Arnold, ISPE International Board of Directors Chair