Thirty, Sixty, Ninety Days

Erika Stevens

Clinical Researcher—July 2021 (Volume 35, Issue 5)


Erika Stevens, MA


What does ACRP expect of our new Executive Director?

As a seasoned leader, Susan Landis hit the ground running on June 14 to learn about ACRP’s members, certifications, educational programs, and initiatives.

Developing a deep understanding of ACRP requires listening, evaluation, planning, and execution. Conducting a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) of the Association provides valuable insight into the existing capabilities and opportunities for the future.

The initial ask of Susan includes such an assessment, focused on sustainability, growth, and development for ACRP. In the first 30 days, key skills include listening to and learning from the Association Board of Trustees and the Academy Board of Trustees, and ACRP’s staff, committees, key stakeholders, and members. After the initial look at “everything ACRP,” with perceptions and opportunities revealed, collaboration will drive ideas.

Next up within the first 60 days is leveraging existing key organizational objectives in terms of strategic development and alignment. Finally, by the end of the first 90 days, we should begin seeing a reinvigoration of engagement from our members that will drive the Association’s plan forward.

Where will ACRP be next year? Or in 2026 or 2031? However many years down the road we go, the focus will be on the members we serve, because in clinical research the people are everything.

I wish you all the best jusqu’a la prochaine fois (until the next time),

Erika Stevens, MA, is the 2021 Chair of the Association Board of Trustees for ACRP.