November / December 2018

Thanks for a Great 2018 - Outgoing Chair of International Young Professional Committee, Caroline Rocks

Tiffany L. Coleman
LeAnna M. Pearson
Caroline Rocks, CEng
Outgoing Chair of International Young Professional Committee, Caroline Rocks banner image

Outgoing Chair Caroline Rocks

I have had the best year with the privilege of being IYPC Chair. I am hugely grateful to my fellow IYPC members, ISPE staff, the board, GPMLF, and YP groups globally for the work we’ve done together to achieve all we did this year.

LeAnna Pearson (left) and Caroline Rocks
LeAnna Pearson (left) and Caroline Rocks

Globally, there was one YP event per week for the entire year 

Look Ahead to 2019

Welcome New Chair LeAnna Pearson

I am excited to begin my tenure as IYPC Chair at the 2018 ISPE Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. I have been active in ISPE at both the local and national levels since I was a graduate student over a decade ago. I am also active in the Carolina–South Atlantic (CaSA) Chapter, where I serve as Vice President and Industry Advisor for the Virginia Tech Student Chapter. I think you can see my passion for ISPE!

About Me

When I am not working on ISPE matters, I am part of a very exciting team in Raleigh, North Carolina, that is building the first genetic manufacturing facility for bluebird bio. I serve as the Manager for Quality Assurance Validation—a unique career opportunity for me. I am honored to be part of the process! When I have free time, I love to spend it outdoors, hiking, biking, or on the lakes. (See? I do have life.)

“Bril” Job, Caroline

Caroline was an amazing YP Chair who really helped drive the committee to new growth and development. I am sure that when she went to her first ISPE event in Ireland she never expected that she would be such a catalyst on an International level. So here’s a big thank you, Caroline. I will strive to keep up your momentum in 2019.

What’s Next?

My goal for 2019 is to build on the foundation laid by previous chairs and provide our members with value-added content. In the next issue of PE magazine, I will introduce you to my co-chair and announce all the exciting things that have happened.

Meet Me in Philly

By the time this article is published we’ll be only days away from the 2018 ISPE Annual Meeting. I’d love to see you there—or hear from you anytime. Please contact me. I look forward to meeting you.

Get involved

Attend an IYPC call or join a SIG as Young Professional representative. There are plenty of other ways to connect, too—just check out all the amazing opportunities listed in this article!

If you’re interested in establishing a new YP group or joining the one in your area, contact us at with the subject line “YP.”

Online community

The YP online community is where YP chapters and affiliates share details and photos of their events. It’s a great place to get new ideas for your own group, too, as well as updates on the IYPC. To join, select the YP community during your registration process or update your account.