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President’s Message

20 Nov Posted by in Cactus Call | Comments Off on President’s Message
President’s Message

Greetings, Southwest Members! As 2018 shifts away from Daylight Savings Time and we are deep in Q4, some thoughts and events to share:

   The 33rd Las Vegas Annual Chapter conference is set for February 27, 28 and March 1st, 2019 at Caesars Palace. Go here to sign up for what will be a truly extraordinary time of learning and networking. Our speaker line up is exciting and as always, there is fun and fellowship at this intimate conference.

   Last week I attended the annual meeting for the American Public Health Association. The conference in San Diego had over 13,000 attendees and over 430 exhibitors, significantly larger than Insights Association or American Association of Public Opinion Research. Healthcare research grows and is a vital public need.
   There were many familiar national research organizations in attendance and exhibiting like Westat, RTI, Abt Associates, NORC, ICF, ReconMR, IMPAQ, GSK, and AIR. I see the APHA Healthcare members as a wonderful group to share and coordinate learning and fellowship activities with the Insights Association chapters.
   Our SW-IA members should investigate the many opportunities for qualitative and quantitative research projects and related technologies to service the many groups involved in health policy. Their goals and success are also based on good policy bolstered by research and insights. The 2019 APHA conference starts November 2 in Philadelphia

   2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the 19th constitutional amendment giving Women suffrage. Already approved by the House of Representatives but awaiting Senate approval, on September 30th, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson spoke in a national address for the Right for American Women to Vote. Although it would be another year before the Senate approved the amendment, President Wilson’s important address helped turn the tide of public opinion. It was just after World War I, and he said “We have made partners of the women in this war…Shall we admit them only to a partnership of suffering and sacrifice and toil and not to a partnership of privilege and right?” My grandmother Agnes voted for Calvin Coolidge in her first presidential election in 1924, having only been 19 for the 1920 election.
   Think about that.. for some of us, it has been only two generations since women had equal rights to vote.
Today the leadership and work of women in our research industry is enormous! I am so fortunate to spend this year as President of the Southwest Chapter buoyed by the experience and support of some Great Women Past Presidents!

  • Our Immediate Past President is Melanie Courtright, current Executive Vice President, Global Research Science at Research Now SSI. Since 2011, Melanie has been growing, leading and shaping that organization through incredible growth.
  • Alice Butler, SW-IA Past President Advisor is Senior Vice President at M/A/R/C. Last month we learned Alice will be on the Board of Directors for the national Insights Association. Congratulations to Alice on her appointment!
  • Our current board’s past Southwest Chapter Presidents also include Jami Pulley, Senior Vice President at Critical Mix; Nancy Hernon, CEO of G3 Translation services; and Tara Miller, CEO of Fort Worth Research.

   In a little over one month, the new President of the Southwest Chapter will be Lisa Hazen. Lisa is the President of Nuance and she brings amazing energy and ideas to this organization. After 2019, following up on Lisa Hazen’s sure to be dynamic and successful term, Southwest Chapter in 2020 will be led by Ellen Pieper. Ellen is Vice President at Symmetric and has already been making a huge impact for our members over the past three years.

   Leaders one and all
, with strong character, work ethic and a sincere collaborative spirit that make me proud to be associated with each and every one of them. Over my past five years, they have given tremendous guidance, lifting us up and keep us moving forward. Thank you for the time sharing your space, laughter and brilliance. It is an honor to serve with you. These women are the role models my daughters would be wise to follow. They are my role models.

   As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I wish all of you, our Southwest Members, a warm and restful respite from the research world with you families and friends.
With you ~
Jeb Bullis