Letter from the Chair
I’m excited to be kicking off this year as the Chair for the Brazosport Local Section! I had a great experience as Chair-elect in 2012 and Secretary in 2011. I hope to continue the momentum into 2013. My main goals for 2013 are to focus on networking events in collaborations with other local professional societies, career development events, and maintain our sections favorable reputation of being a great section.
My first goal is to work on networking events within ACS and with other professional organization. This will give our members an opportunity to meet a new group of diverse professionals in the area. I am a firm believer in the need to expand ones network with people who share a similar profession as well as others with varying diverse back grounds. With collaborative networking and social events, I hope to increase event attendance at these activities as well as our sections other events. This spring we will have a networking happy hour with groups such as the local sections of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the International Society of Automation, New Texas Researchers Organization and the Gulf Coast Latin American Scientist organization to name a few. Look for more details to come!
My second goal is to begin the development of a Young Chemists division of our local section, more specifically having career development events for younger chemists. While these career development events will be open to all of the sections members, after learning about the National ACS Young Chemists Committee (YCC) at the ACS Leadership Institute, I thought this is an area where our section could develop a small focus. Some event ideas include learning more about LinkedIn, Project Management and Habits of Effective People. If you have any suggestions for career development ideas, feel free to contact our section.
Lastly, my personal challenge is to keep our local section running smoothly and successfully as it has in the past. Our past chairs have done a great job at planning wonderful events and I hope to uphold that reputation. Nationally, our section has an outstanding history of being recognized through ChemLuminary Awards and I want to be sure to continue that tradition. If I am able to work on these three goals, with supportive board members, 2013 will be another fantastic year for the ACS Brazosport Local Section.
-Alexia Finotello (Chair of ACS Brazosport Local Section)
Photo of Marinda Wu (2013 ACS President) with Alexia Finotello (2013 Brazosport Local Section Chair) and Chanda Klinker (2013 Brazosport Local Section Past-Chair)