ABLE 10th Annual Bioskills Symposium

Sponsorship Committee

PURPOSE:
To develop, maintain and grow the sponsorship of ABLE.  


RESPONSIBILITIES:
This committee is responsible for organizing and developing a plan for soliciting corporate sponsorship for the annual ABLE symposium.

The sponsorship committee includes each of the following:

  • Reach out to existing sponsors to confirm their financial budgeting for next fiscal year 
  • Compile lists from previous sponsor years and research, identify, solicit and organize to recruit recurrent sponsors
  • Organize, strategize and identify new ideas for soliciting new sponsorship
  • Attend annual symposium to thank sponsors and to ensure that appropriate recognition activities take place for said sponsors by working with communications and website committees.
  • Organize and identify new ideas for handling Registration table set up ideas for participants such as (bags, giveaway items from sponsors for bags)
  • Work with communications and website committees to ensure all information is provided for upcoming symposium
  • Coordination of all banners prior to annual symposium acknowledging sponsors.

 

ESTIMATED TIME AND COMMITMENT:

Participation in once a month phone conference or email communication to stay up to date on web communications, new ideas for upcoming annual meeting, etc
Estimated time commitment: 1 hour per month depending on needs
Busiest time period: 4-5 months prior to Annual meeting and leading up to event


2019  Sponsorship Committee Members:
Linda Wojcik  -  Chair 
Pat Cichlar Alexander
Rebecca Bollens
Tony Bernil
Austin Kraft

 

Symposium Committee

PURPOSE:

To develop ABLE educational annual events and address those needs; assessing the extent to which those needs are met, and otherwise contributing to the educational mission of ABLE.  


RESPONSIBILITIES:

This committee is responsible for soliciting input from the Board of Directors and other members at the annual symposium regarding desired subject areas and potential speakers; consider program format changes based on past experience and prepare a conclusion from this review leading to an approach for the next symposium.

The symposium committee includes each of the following:

  • Preparing a discussion consisting of possible speakers, topics to be covered, distribute drafts for comments, reactions and suggestions, revise and redistribute as necessary until a final document is achieved that satisfies the Committee and Board of Directors as a final working program
  • Make preliminary contact with proposed speakers to confirm availability and interest, concurrent with topics and session formats proposed and initial negotiations regarding compensation and expenses.
  • Work with communications/website committees to ensure all information is provided for upcoming symposium
  • Ensure site of symposium is secured for upcoming event in a timely manner, complete all necessary guidelines for site  event (i.e., AV, catering, event insurance, etc)
    Work closely with site of symposium for any needs necessary for event

2019  Symposium Committee Members:

Radhika Parbhakar - Chair

Rhonda Bradley Lynch

Glen Hildebrandt

Joe Leonard

Eric Hodel

 Briana Schaefer

Briana Zint

Clea Jones-Burpee



Communications Committee

PURPOSE:

The Communications Committee serves as the connection between the ABLE Board and ABLE Members by maintaining lines of communication for ABLE members, industry partners and those who support the mission of ABLE and the Bioskills Industry.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

This committee is responsible for providing feedback and recommendations to the ABLE Board, participate in the development, production and distribution of materials that transfer information from, between, and amongst ABLE members, as well as the ABLE Board of Directors.  As well as providing avenues of communication to express or exchange information or ideas and thoughts to ABLE members, industry partners, and public in the form of printed materials, social media activities, key messages, and strategic planning for ABLE communication/public relations initiatives.

Our ultimate goal is to enhance open communication and sharing vital information to ABLE members and positively position the ABLE organization to be recognized as the leading expert organization in the Bioskills Industry.  The committee's activities shall promote awareness of Bioskills Best Practice Guidelines and the Bioskills industry role.

This committee is also responsible for the following:

  • Keeping in close communication with the website committee for updates to the website on a monthly basis with regard to all aspects of the website
  • Keeping in close communication with symposium committee for updates to annual meeting
  • Working with membership committee on relaying any information needed with regard to annual meeting, website updates or any ABLE communications
  • Keeping the committee in compliance with the obligations of the ABLE Best Practice Guidelines

 ESTIMATED TIME AND COMMITMENT:

Participation in once a month phone conference or email communication to stay up to date on web communications, new ideas for upcoming annual meeting, etc.  Participation in the production of distributed material such as content development, formatting and mass distribution.

Estimated time commitment: 1-3 hours per month depending on needs

Busiest time period: 2-3 months prior to Annual meeting and leading up to event

Samples may include:

Communication to past registrants on the upcoming meetings, hotel information, deadline dates, working with sponsorship committee and website committee to see what needs to be added for communication, follow up after meetings on evaluations.

 

2019   Communications Committee Members:

Kelley Bennett – Chair

Joe Leonard

Rhonda Bradley Lynch

Barbara Kovac Cuckler

Tom Brennan

Judy Roark

Hayley Woods

Kim Dondanville

Austin Kraft

Pat Cichlar Alexander

Guidelines Committee

PURPOSE:

To establish a guidelines committee, which will create the guidelines and formulate, monitor, approve (with Board of Director guidance) and distribute the archived, current and future guidelines, that provide best practice for organizations that engage in surgical and medical training, research and the development of new medical devices, biologics and general healthcare education.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

This committee is responsible for maintaining the archived, current and future guidelines created, processed, approved and maintained by ABLE for the benefit of the Bio-Skills industry.  

The guidelines are reviewed and voted upon yearly at the annual symposium for any changes set forth by the organization or committee.   As part of its work, the Guidelines Committee also makes extensive use of the resources and knowledge provided by voting members of its organization (ABLE). 

The guidelines committee considers each of the following:

  • Additions of new guidelines to accommodate the integration of new skills, techniques, and practices in the field of bio-skills.
  • Revisions change existing guidelines to clarify intent or specific requirements of the guidelines in order to avoid confusion for facilities and/or staff.
  • Deletions remove existing guidelines that are unnecessary, duplicative, or confusing. 

Effective July 9, 2018, the following processes are approved and implemented and distributed July 10, 2018 to ABLE members.

 Any comments and/or suggestions for changes/edit may be made by completing the attached request for changes form. These will be voted on by regular membership at the 2019 annual meeting.  However, if there are three (3) or more requests for changes to the same guideline section, the section will be submitted to the Guidelines Committee for a (2) two week review and comment period, at which time the section will then be sent to the Board of Directors for a 30 day review and recommendation or approval.  At that time, the section will then be sent for final comments to the ABLE Membership for 21 days and if comments are submitted then, they will be returned to the Guidelines Committee and Board of Directors for final vote. The outcome of a vote will be for the approval or disapproval for the section in question and not the entire set of established guidelines.  Upon completion of the section voting, the Membership will vote electronically and if approved through majority vote, the change will be implemented at the (6) six month review.  If the interim vote is not approved by ABLE Membership, the requested change will be re-evaluated at the annual meeting.  All requests for an immediate change will be evaluated and voted on by the guidelines committee and ABLE Board of Directors.  Any edits made to the current standing guidelines will have a 90 day grace period for implementation and will be communicated to all individual and institutional members via email and the ABLE website.

 

GUIDELINES VOTING RESULTS:

All guidelines voting results will be counted and results tallied and given by legal counsel at the annual symposium.

 

ESTIMATED TIME AND COMMITMENT:

Participation in two to four committee meetings per month 

Estimated time commitment: 2-4 hours per month 

 

VOTING REQUIREMENTS:

At least 40% of the committee must be present for voting as a quorum.  Majority vote rules and if there is a tie vote then the Board of Directors, will be the final decision for the voting process completion.

 

GOAL:  

Ultimately, these Guidelines may be converted to accreditation standards, should the association wish to offer accreditation in future.

 

2019 Guidelines Committee Members:

Robin Bozarth – Chair

James Bardsley

Linda Wojcik

Terence McIff

Judy Roark

Brian Vandersall

Briana Schaefer

Tom Brennan

Hayley Woods

Timothy DiFelice

 

Membership Committee

PURPOSE:

 To lead the way of ABLE and to build the membership for the future of the organization. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

This committee is responsible for maintaining membership of current members and recruiting new members through strategic planning and keeping up to date the current lists of new, current, and unsubscribed memberships.

  • Organize and implement new ideas and plans for increasing new membership
  • Organize and implement new ideas and plans for maintaining current memberships
  • Provide current list of members to the Board six months after annual meeting and then 3 months prior to next annual meeting 
  • Work with communications and website committee to implement plans for membership recruitment concurrently throughout the year to be able to solicit new members
  • Alert the Board of Directors after committee meetings as to membership participation information

ESTIMATED TIME AND COMMITMENT:

Participation in four committee meetings per year
Estimated time commitment: 1 hour per quarter
Estimated time commitment: 1 hour per quarter depending on needs
Busiest time period: 4-5 months prior to Annual meeting and leading up to event

 

2019 Membership Committee Members:

James Bardsley – Chair
Magdalena Wojcik
Terence McIff
Pat Cichlar Alexander
Tony Bernil

Website Committee

PURPOSE:

To work with the website administrator to ensure the ABLE website and social site information is current and accurate.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

This committee provides information to the website administrator who will perform the updates to the website.  

 The website committee includes each of the following:

  • If a new design is requested by the Board of Directors, then this committee will plan, budget, organize and implement and effective program and present to the Board for approval. 
  • Act as a point of contact for website and social site information
  • Work with communications to ensure all information is provided for the monthly updates and for upcoming symposium
  • Ensure updates are posted within five (5) days of being provided by the communications committee.

**The website is the organization’s main method of advertising.  It is imperative that the information is always maintained to keep the members of ABLE informed and what is happening within the organization**

  

ESTIMATED TIME AND COMMITMENT:

Participation in once a month phone conference or email communication to stay up to date on web communications, new ideas for upcoming annual meeting, etc
Estimated time commitment: 1 hour per month depending on needs
Busiest time period: 4-5 months prior to Annual meeting and leading up to event

 

2019  Website Committee Members:

Kelley Bennett – Chair
Joe Leonard
Tammy Lee Labrash
Kim Gartland
Brian Vandersall
Pat Cichlar Alexander

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