MassBio Committees to Relaunch in 2013

December 19, 2012

At MassBio, we strive for excellence in meeting the varied needs of our diverse and vibrant community by providing the best, timeliest, most forward-looking and forward-thinking programming possible. The industry is changing, and at MassBio, we are committed to evolving to continue to meet industry needs. To this end, we have undertaken an effort to re-energize and revamp the existing Committee structure.

The Committees were chartered years ago to provide members with an extraordinary opportunity to build networks and develop business relationships while learning from industry experts and participating in thought-provoking conversations. And they are only possible with broad and dynamic participation from our best asset—members like you.

With the help of a Restructuring Steering Committee comprised of volunteers from a broad spectrum of the membership, we have derived a new structure which we feel will better meet the needs of our membership, and more accurately reflect the industry.  The Committees will be driven more by content and less by industry niche or job function. They will be guided by a new advisory board tasked with defining the themes and topic priorities for MassBio programs in 2013. (Read more about the Advisory Board.)

 The changes are outlined below:

  • Our current roster of 16 Committees will be consolidated into 10 disciplines.  This will allow for more efficient program management, broader coverage of subject material and collaboration among the Committees to provide greater value to the MassBio community.  You can find the new descriptions here.
  • Each new Committee will have at least three Co-Chairs to be appointed by MassBio via an application process open to the entire MassBio community. The Co-Chair positions will have a term limit of two years to allow for greater participation by members.
  •  “Committee Meetings” will now be called “Forums”—a term which more accurately represents the format of these presentations, and that these meetings are open to the entire MassBio membership regardless of participation.

We now turn to you to help us make this process a success. We are seeking volunteer Co-Chairs for all 10 Committees. If you’ve ever considered greater involvement and contribution to our community, now is your chance; consider applying for a Co-Chair position. Take a look at the Co-Chair Roles & Responsibilities, and if you are interested in applying for the position, fill out the application and return to membership@massbio.org by January 14, 2013.

We are also looking for ideas for our 2013 program agenda. What keeps you up at night? What topics are critical to your or your organization’s success? Who are you dying to hear from? Please fill out this survey and let us know what is most important to you, what you would like to learn and hear in the coming year.

We are excited to shake things up a bit, and your participation and suggestions will help us achieve the programming excellence you rely on. Thank you for your continued support of MassBio. 

 

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