|by Tim Brooke
Director, Technical Committee Operations
ASTM is proud to offer the 2002 Officers Conference in September
of this year. We all know from our business and even our personal
experiences the advantages of formal training. Job training improves
productivity, enhances effectiveness, and ensures success. The
2002 Officers Conference will offer job training to ASTM main
committee officers and subcommittee chairmen.
The 2002 conference will take place Sept. 9-10, 2002, at ASTM
Headquarters located in West Conshohocken, Pa. The conference
will include sessions that address a number of topics such as:
Electronic tools for creating and revising standards;
Handling resulting negative votes or comments;
Officer and subcommittee chairmans duties and responsibilities;
ASTM in the national and international arena;
Interactive standard development forums;
New activity development;
Technical and professional training, proficiency testing, and
Role of the standards professional.
The goal of the conference is to enhance the leadership skills
of the main committee officers and the subcommittee chairmen.
Doing so strengthens the consensus process, accelerates the development
of standards, and increases the effectiveness of each technical
committee in meeting market needs. ASTM leaders can learn about
their responsibilities in a number of waysthrough the staff manager,
the experiences of fellow ASTM officers, the Officer Handbook,
and their own experiences. In two days of thorough, hands-on training,
all of these aspects are brought together.
The conference will offer a total of 14 modules presented in one-
and two-hour sessions. Each module is led by ASTM staff and is
structured to encourage participants questions and facilitate
interaction. Although primarily aimed at new officers and subcommittee
chairmen, the conference also serves as a valuable tool for experienced
leaders. While it is helpful to have information presented directly
by staff, many attendees commented that an additional benefit
was the opportunity to hear how other committees address situations
similar to their own.
Registration will be posted to the ASTM Web site and e-mail notification will
be sent to committee officers and subcommittee chairmen early
this month. The Web site will contain descriptions of each module
and will enable each registrant to select modules based on individual
interest and needs. A personalized schedule will then be sent
to each individual who registers on the Web site.
Each committees membership relies on its leadership for direction
and vision. This conference offers the tools and knowledge to
provide strong support to your committee and to maximize its success.
As the 2002 Officers Conference chairman, I encourage you to
attend the conference and to learn more about ASTM and the Societys
resources to assist in your standardization strategy. //
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