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This blog chronicles my travels as CEO of SLAS, a global professional society dedicated to advancing life sciences discovery and technology. In addition to getting to know me better on a personal level, my goal for this blog is to shine a spotlight on SLAS members and their unique stories and experiences. Opinions expressed within this blog are mine (Vicki Loise) and do not represent those of the Society. And yes, our lawyer told me to include that.


November 3, 2017 — Saint Charles, Illinois

The SLAS Board Comes to Headquarters

About the Trip

Miles logged on this trip: 80 (roundtrip from my home to SLAS HQ)

Planes, trains or automobiles?: Hired rides — the VW was in the shop

Road food: Professional team dinner — tacos; Board dinner — Italian

Entertainment: None. Late nights and early mornings!

This week, I stayed home and the SLAS Board of Directors came to St. Charles for its annual fall in-person Board of Directors meeting at the SLAS HQ office. We maximize travel schedules of our remote SLAS professional team members and also hold our quarterly professional team planning meeting immediately before the Board meeting. We started three days of meetings on November 1 with the professional team and extended support services. This in-person check-in on what is happening in every department ties a ribbon on our regularly scheduled calls and e-mail communications.

The next day we held our quarterly professional team planning meetings. Depending on the time of year, we use this time for strategic planning, budget discussions or brainstorming new programs for SLAS. We changed things up a bit this time and used our day for the professional team to have one-on-one meetings with members of the Board. Not all team members get regular face-to-face time with all Board members. SLAS President Scott Atkin wanted us to use this opportunity to change that. The outcome was overwhelmingly positive by both parties. The professional team was enthusiastic about the support they received from the Board. The Board enjoyed the chance to better understand what team members do and how to make sure they had what was needed to get the job done.

And finally, on November 3 the Board of Directors held its meeting. For nine hours, they deliberated the 2018 budget, Governance Task Force recommendations, locations for the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition for the years 2022-2025, results from a recent member engagement study and the options for a new SLAS HQ (stay tuned for more updates on this) just to name a few of the accomplishments.

It was a very full week and very productive one. You will hear more about the Governance Task Force recommendations and SLAS International Conference and Exhibition locations in early 2018. In the meantime, all of us at SLAS are storming ahead to get everything ready for SLAS2018. There will be some exciting additions to the conference this year. If you haven’t registered yet, do so before Dec. 18 so you can still take advantage of discounts. And did you know that SLAS members receive even bigger discounts? If you are not a member, or haven’t renewed yet for 2018, now is the perfect time.

Next up, Zurich, Switzerland