For more than 70 years, the SCC has enjoyed a rich history and an outstanding reputation in the industry. Thanks to the curiosity and passion of our founder, Maison G. de Navarre (affectionately known to his friends as “Ed”), the organization has continued its mission to advance the cosmetic science profession.
I am excited at the numerous opportunities that lie ahead for the SCC and look forward to spending time working with our national and local volunteer leaders to carry out the Board’s vision for the future. I was fortunate to meet many members and volunteers at the annual meeting, and hope to have the opportunity to connect with more of you in the coming year.
For those of you that I haven’t met yet, I’ll share a little bit about myself. You could say that I’ve “grown up in associations.” My first job out of college was with a large, national non-profit education and networking group in the construction industry. After spending just over a dozen years in progressively responsible positions within the association, I was tapped to serve as the Executive Director of their affiliate organization which provided administration and oversight for a financial certification program. After spending just over five years as Executive Director – preparing for ANSI accreditation, creating financial stability, and crafting/executing the organization’s first strategic plan – I returned to my prior organization as a Vice President where I served for 4 years.
Well, “What does construction finance have to do with cosmetic science?” you may ask. The answer is: absolutely nothing.
What I can share is that all non-profit membership organizations, regardless of the industry they serve, face many of the same challenges and opportunities: engaging members; addressing generational issues; recruiting and retaining member; producing timely education; publishing relevant journals; creating industry partnerships; and more.
These are just some of the areas I intend to focus on in the coming years to drive a meaningful, valuable membership experience for each of you.
But, enough about me…back to the good stuff!
Our membership is a loyal one and our retention rate remains strong. I’m pleased to say that the SCC has exceeded the 5,000-member headcount for the first time in its 72-year history! The achievement of this significant milestone is a testament to the scores of passionate volunteers who give of their time and expertise and our hard-working headquarters staff.
SCC’s efforts in providing the education, networking and information sharing critical to the personal and professional success of our members have driven record attendance at CEP courses. 2017 also saw the launch of webinars in October, with over 300 attendees registering for the inaugural session. We plan to hold these free webinars every other month in 2018 – which are exclusively available to SCC members!
We welcomed more than 1,100 attendees to the Westin NY Times Square for the 71st Annual Meeting who took the opportunity to learn from industry experts through the more than 30 scientific sessions and 65+posters presented, networked with their peers at our social events and recognized outstanding achievements in cosmetic sciences through SCC’s prestigious awards.
And finally, a word of thanks to and well-deserved recognition of the SCC headquarters staff (Latasha Archer, Kenisha Beaupierre, Colleen Daddino, and Sam Neely) for the outstanding work they did in the aforementioned areas (and many other areas behind the scenes!), to ensure a successful 2017 for the organization.
I ask you to join me in applauding SCC’s accomplishments this past year and invite you to be a part of our successes for many years to come. I think that if Ed were here today, he’d be quite proud of what he and his distinguished successors have accomplished!
Please feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any of the headquarters staff, and let us know how we can continue to deliver more value to your membership.