We asked Todd Mahr, MD, FACAAI, the College’s Executive Medical Director, about the College’s leadership pathways and how members in early stages of their careers can step up to lead.
Q. This is the seventh year the College has held its Leadership Summit. Why do think it is so important for us to offer this training every year?
A. I truly believe this event is our biggest investment in the future of the College for leadership and direction. We have been impressed with how involved past participants have been and how much they contributed. The facts bore this out. Six members of our current Board of Regents had previously participated in the Leadership Summit and 25% of past participants have served as College committee leaders.
Q. Committees can provide a nice pathway for leadership within the College. Can you elaborate more on that?
A. Committees are the working parts of the College. They are a way for you to bring in your unique perspectives, participate in collaborative decision-making, enhance your communication skills and support your fellow College members. When the College looks for opportunities to elevate future leaders, committee work is something that shows a candidate’s involvement and commitment.
Q. What advice would you give to someone who would like to be considered for a leadership position on their committee?
A. If you have been an active participant on a committee, ASK! It is always good to know who is interested, and by asking and showing interest, it helps us choose the right person for the role. If it does not work out for the current cycle, stay active, and let us know you remain interested.