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.
Miles logged on this trip: 36 miles roundtrip to/from work most days!
Planes, trains or automobiles: Automobiles
Apologies for not having posted anything in such a long time. It had been my intention to write a Welcome Back to Work blog at the beginning of September. But, with the move into our new office space on September 10, things around SLAS have been hectic. Check out some before-and-after shots:
Nearly a year ago, the professional team started to consider what it needed in an office as our previous lease would end in June 2018. We knew we wanted a flexible, contemporary and comfortable place to work that was more easily accessible for commuting. Our new office has about the same square footage as our previous location, but with a layout that makes much better use of the space. It allows for quiet, private work as well as a variety of options for collaboration.
We now have a conference room within our suite that can accommodate six people in a private meeting or up to 12 in its open format. Technology that allows us to easily work with our team around the world is critical so we now have multiple options for face-to-face communications, even from afar. And, for something a little fun with a nod to SLAS—a microplate wall was installed. This wall contains more than 700, 384-well microplates, all hand-nailed to make one, cool wall. Thank you to Corning for donating these microplates (and many more used for several wall experiments) and to our office neighbors who had to endure the pounding.
Not only is this our work space, it is your SLAS HQ. If you are ever in the Chicago area, please stop by. We’re only about 30 minutes from O’Hare or Midway airports and easily situated among four of Chicagoland’s major highways (can’t promise there won’t be road construction). We love showing off our office and have plenty of room for guests to come work, just hang out, or even workout in our building’s well-appointed gym. Our new address is 1301 W. 22nd Street, Suite 708, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Our phone number has not changed.
Early September also marked the start of two new members of the Professional Team, Mike Tarselli, Ph.D. as our Scientific Director and Kathy Daniels as our Marketing and Communications Manager. Both positions are new for SLAS and will provide us with an updated approach to content development and delivery, and additional capacity for our marketing efforts, especially for our social media and media efforts. They have five degrees between the two of them, guess who has more? You can learn more about Mike and Kathy on our website.
In between moving and onboarding, most members of the professional team took time to attend our association’s annual meeting; ASAE (otherwise known as the American Society of Association Executives) held its annual meeting in Chicago this year. We hung out with 6,000 other association management geeks and learned about design thinking, engaging young professionals, micro-credentialing, chat-bots and communication strategies to name a few. This was our first chance to get to know Mike (he’s based in Boston), and as you can see, we clean up really well.
We also spent the summer working on the wrap-up for the Europe Conference, strategy sessions to keep the International Conference relevant to you, holding the first joint Journals and Conference leadership meeting, launching the first Sample Management Symposium in the U.S. (you still have time to register), drafting the 2019 budget and opening abstract submissions and registration for SLAS2019. I also had the chance to spend the day at Thermo Fisher with Hansjoerg Haas and his team in Toronto.
Next week, I am back on the road with a long trip through Europe. I will be stopping in London to attend the ELRIG meeting, then on to Leiden for the SLAS HCS meeting, and finally a stop in Paris to meet with our colleagues at ELRIG-Fr. So, stay tuned for a real “Qn the Road” blog later this month!