From the President's Desk

20 February, 2018

As we approach the half-way mark of our program year, I am thrilled with what the Chapter has accomplished so far. We have held a number of networking and program meetings, which we have tried to deliver in new ways. I am honored to be serving as president of the DVC at this exciting time.

Every year during the summer months, chapter leadership gathers for a full day retreat to define our goals and lay out our plans for the year. And every year we talk about how to best deliver on the value proposition that we offer to our chapter members and how to build that membership. We look for ways to improve the presentation of content so that it is current and of interest to the industry and attract those professionals, young and seasoned, with opportunities to interact and
share ideas and experience.

To this end we, along with the ISPE International office, are implementing some changes that will update the way we do these things. Locally we have changed the model for planning and coordination of our events, taking some of the burden off of our committee volunteers and allowing them to focus more on identifying timely and topical programs from industry leading speakers. You can read more of our event recaps in the coming pages but I’ll point out a few highlights as well....

We kicked off September with a fall program hosted by CECO Environmental Co. for an inside look at the advantages of Fybroc pumps and their unique manufacturing process.

October did not disappoint with another amazing tour opportunity at Eastern Controls. They hosted our members and presented two 30 minute sessions. We can’t thank them enough.

November highlighted one of DVC and national’s initiatives that launched during the 2016 annual meeting: Women in Pharma (WIP). ISPE’s WIP mission statement is to:

“Drive our organization’s progress towards gender parity, assist with the growth and education of our membership and sponsor programs to assist women in various roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Target sponsorship and mentoring programs connecting leaders with rising talent; with networks and forums to support our members to achieve overall potential.”

The Women Influencing the Industry: A Local Perspective on Developing Your Journey event, moderated by Shannah Falcone (CRB), was highly attended and a great success. Thanks to Hargrove Life Sciences for sponsoring!

New committee member, Laura-Ann Chin, has infused the board with a new level excitement. She kicked off the Young Professional (YP) events, with a YP hosted From Grain to Glass: Everything You Wanted to Know About Gin Distilling at Philadelphia Distilling. Members, young and seasoned, embarked on an exclusive tasting tour of Philadelphia’s finest distilling company, maker of Bluecoat, while learning about the distillation process from grain to glass. We were happy to see several new faces who made the commitment to become members.

ISPE DVC celebrated our 30th anniversary during our annual holiday party. This year members were treated to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and modern European paintings. During the evening, the board presented the honored Buz Lange Award to Shannah Falcone and Sponsor of the Year to CRB Consulting Engineers. Congratulations to both and thank you for your service to ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter.

Once again, ISPE DVC is excited to sponsor the local Future City’s competition held each year. This year several members met at Archbishop Carroll to judge around 40 local participating middle school students in a STEM based activity to create a new city. The chapter was happy to host a few of these students at our Symposium at Lincoln Financial Field on February 1, 2018.

We have several special events lining up for the 2018 calendar, listed and described in our most recent newsletter. Please remember to register early and often!