On April 16, Endocrine Society CEO Barbara Byrd Keenan announced a number of staff changes that will further propel the organization forward as it concentrates on three new priorities: leadership development, global strategy, and knowledge integration.
Rob Bartel, director, Education, has been promoted to senior director, Knowledge Integration and New Product Development. According to Keenan, the term “knowledge integration” originated in the artificial intelligence field as the process for identifying existing and new information and knowledge and combining them in different ways to generate even newer knowledge. “For us, it means working across all of our content assets to combine, connect, and extend them to create new, better, useful, and profitable programs and services,” she says. “He will serve as our internal ‘entrepreneur’ working across the Society to bring new ideas to purposeful and profitable life.”
A new position, senior director, Strategy & Planning, has been created and is filled by new hire Amanda Perl, who began on April 28. Perl will be charged with managing the process for articulating, focusing, and monitoring the Society’s 3 Horizon Planning effort and serve as staff lead on the leadership development and global strategy priorities. Perl will also be managing the Society’s EndoCares program, a campaign to improve the lives of patients around the world with endocrine diseases.
Perl comes to the Society from the Institute of Food Technologists where she was the vice president of Development and managing director of Certification. In these capacities, she served as the special projects leader for new launch initiatives, leadership development, global partnerships and alliances, strategic planning, and grant management.
Steve Poston, the Society’s director of Information Technology, will be adding office services to his responsibilities as director of Information Technology and Office Services. “Steve has prior experience in administration and facilities management so this is a natural move for the Society,” Keenan says.
These changes have been on the horizon since November when the Council agreed upon the three new priority areas. In addition, the Society will be launching EndoCares, a global social responsibility initiative. “We clearly need additional capacity to comprehensively develop these programs as we do not have the bandwidth to handle the expanded workload,” Keenan explains. “To accomplish this at this point in time, we will be reallocating several vacant staff positions to support these efforts.”
According to Keenan, these staffing changes are exciting developments for the Society, and the timing is finally right. “This was not possible when we needed to conduct two ENDOs in nine months and handle special projects that only are done every few years like the ACCME reaccreditation and the Membership Needs Assessment, as well as new projects like Facts & Figures and the Workforce Study,” she explains. “These past efforts are a testament to the resilience, dedication, and competence of our staff.”
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