Members and Friends,
By now many of you have received the news that I will be transitioning out of my CEO role at Virginia Bio, and many of you have called or written me. Thanks for those well wishes. And thanks for the opportunity to serve the life science community and witness your commitment to making the world a better place.
It has been a wonderful 7 years for me and, I think, for the organization as together, with our great staff, we’ve truly helped our members succeed and our industry thrive.
The future looks bright for this wonderful organization and the industry in Virginia, due to the solid foundation built through the efforts and support of you our collaborators, members and leaders. We have put Virginia on the life science map and we have learned how to collaborate better, how to shape and put forward a shared vision, craft and pursue strategies, contribute to the public policy process, serve our companies and drive the life science industry - all to help the people we ultimately serve.
But science changes, business and politics change, the set of possibilities changes, and it’s time for a change for us, to a new CEO, who will be as dedicated to Virginia Bio’s mission as any of us has ever been, but with a personality, vision, and skill set of their own ready to race after the new opportunities that change offers and demands. And it’s time for me to listen for the next calling.
I will continue to lead the organization until our new CEO is in place. I’ll stay on as a special assistant to the CEO to help get her or him up to speed and meet our members and stakeholders, then I’ll continue part-time to continue Virginia Bio’s involvement on several initiatives with statewide significance.
Your help is critical. Help us find the next CEO. Please forward news of the opening to outstanding candidates you may know. It is likely (we’ve been counseled) that the successful candidate will emerge from a connection with one of our members or stakeholders. Here is the link.
Moving ahead strongly as we search. Staff has worked overtime to assure that we are all set to have a robust schedule of programs and services for the year ahead during the search and onboarding of the new CEO. Please use and enjoy them.
THRiVE 2019 Virginia Bio’s biannual statewide flagship conference, will be held in Richmond on May 2. There’s an extraordinary agenda planned, and terrific networking opportunities to connect you with colleagues across the state and open opportunities for you.
Also, the annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum, which we are co-sponsoring with colleagues in Maryland and DC in Gaithersburg, MD on April 8-9; Women Building Bio: all day regional conference is set for September 19 at Inova Center for Personalized Health; and we have the signed contract in hand for the Virginia Reception and meeting rooms at the Clift Hotel during JPMorgan in San Francisco next January. In addition, we are busy scheduling the next year’s luncheons and networking events in NoVa, Charlottesville, Hampton Roads, Roanoke/Blacksburg and Richmond, webinars and our STEM and workforce efforts through the Foundation.
My sincere thanks for your support of Virginia Bio. I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to work on your behalf and get to know so many of you. I look forward to watching each of you and this irreplaceable organization thrive in the years to come.