Connecting Chapter Conversations with National Audience is Key

Executive Director of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities, Ken Schoppmann, shares how be bridged the gap between chapters and national.
Connecting Chapter Conversations with National Audience is Key

Guest Author: Chelsea Brasted, Association Success

Soon after joining the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities as executive director, it was clear to Ken Schoppmann there was a big asset the organization wasn’t taking advantage of in the right way.

Each of the organization’s five regional chapters host annual meetings, which bring together about 100 to 150 participants each around the country.

“My early observation is these are great events. They’re really interesting and engage different parts of the community than the folks who attend annual meetings” at the national level,” Schoppmann said. “It’s not surprising, but if you weren’t fortunate enough to be in the room when the meeting took place, you’d get no benefit or have no awareness of what was discussed because there was no effort to capture and collect the information shared.”

While the process Schoppmann hopes will bridge this gap is still coming together, he’s starting to get support for finding a solution to make all that knowledge more widely shared.

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