FOR ME, LIKE SO MANY OF YOU, ABCT is one of my most treasured professional homes. Indeed, I think of the Annual Convention as akin to my "CBT family reunion" and spend months looking forward to connecting with new colleagues, and seeing old friends, every year.
For many years, I thought of the elected leaders of the organization as "others," some rarefied CBT deities with magical leadership powers. However, over time—as I interacted with them more, and as friends and colleagues ascended into those roles—I realized that those
individuals are not some qualitatively different type of human but, indeed, are just "us"—but the "us" from among the membership who have chosen to step forward and make a public commitment to give their time, energy, and effort to this organization that we value so dearly
(OK, arguably some may actually have magical leadership powers, but that is definitely not a prerequisite).
This column signals the time of year when our committee, the Leadership and Elections Committee, begins its task of recruiting members to fill the slate of nominees for elected offices. I have met so many smart, dedicated, and committed members of ABCT,
and many of them already serve in leadership roles in their practices, their departments, or in other professional organizations (which shall not be named). I encourage you to think about whether you might be in a position to run for one of these elected offices or,
if not this year, whether you can think of any of the "us" among the membership who might be well-suited for that task.
There are many reasons why extremely qualified members might count themselves out from pursuing elected office at ABCT. Some members might be concerned about the time commitment being too great, or they might be concerned that they know
too little about the governance structure of the organization. Others may worry, as I once did, that leaders require some greater skill and knowledge than we possess. To that end, I would encourage anyone in that position to engage heartily in some reality
testing, or to be in touch with any of the Leadership and Elections Committee members. We would be happy to talk through any member's potential candidacy with them (and the chances are that you are ready before you think you're ready).
For the 2018 election, we are recruiting for the President-Elect (2018-19), for a Representative-at-Large (2018-21), and for a Secretary/Treasurer (2019-2022). Each of the Representatives-at-Large serves as a liaison to one of the branches of the association.
The representative position up for 2018 election will serve as the liaison to the Convention & Education Issues Coordinator and Committees. This individual's term of office will be from November 2018 to November 2021. The Secretary/Treasurer
serves the Board of Directors as Chair of the Finance Committee, overseeing the financial health of ABCT, and consults with the Executive Director about the administration of the Central Office. The Secretary/ Treasurer is elected a year in advance so there is a
good amount of time to learn the basics of ABCT financial operations.
All full members in good standing are eligible to be nominated, and there is no limit to the number of members you can nominate for any of the positions. According to ABCT's bylaws, we require two candidates for President-Elect and Secretary/ Treasurer,
and three candidates for Representative-at-Large to successfully run the election. Electioneering starts at the Annual Convention. So, if you have a candidate in mind, or wish to nominate yourself, start the campaign now with the nominations and go
to the Annual Convention and start making your case to the electorate. Remember, the candidates with the most nominations will ultimately be the only official names on the ballot: two for President-elect, two for Secretary/ Treasurer, and three for Representative-at-Large.
The Board of Directors approved Leadership and Elections Committee includes a chair and two members, each serving concurrent 3-year terms (2016-19). The Chair is David Pantalone (email@example.com), from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The members are Patricia DiBartolo (firstname.lastname@example.org), of Smith College, and Kristen Lindgren (email@example.com), of the University of Washington School of Medicine.
One of the goals of the committee is to increase participation in the election process and, to that end, we are considering ways to further streamline the nomination and election process.
Please know that such efforts are underway and, if you have any feedback or ideas, please don't hesitate to share them with me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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