American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Candice Church

Understanding the Chapters’ Role in the Applicant Interview Process

Presented by Candace Church, Supervisor, Committees on Applicants, ACS Division of Member Services

The Committees on Applicants are the local interviewing committees of the College. This webinar will provide chapter leaders with a general overview of these Committees, including how they are structured and their responsibilities.


Carolyn Jones

Cancer Champions In Your State

Presented by Carolyn M. Jones, Coordinator, Cancer Liaison Initiatives, Commission on Cancer

This webinar provides chapter leaders with an overview of the structure of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and an introduction to the role of the State Chair.


Girma Tefera, MD, FACS

ACS Engagement through Operation Giving Back

Presented by Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Operation Giving Back

This webinar will present an overview of Operation Giving Back (OGB) and how chapters can encourage American College of Surgeons (ACS) members to engage in humanitarian efforts.


Jennifer Connelly

Strategic Planning for Chapter Success

Presented by Jennifer Connelly, Manager, Domestic Chapter Services, ACS Division of Member Services

This webinar will provide chapter leaders with an overview of strategic planning tools that can be used to achieve short- and long-term goals. Whether your chapter is holding an annual planning retreat or trying to achieve one specific goal the strategies discussed in this webinar can help your chapter set the groundwork for ongoing success.


Connie Bura

Chapter Member Recruitment and Retention—Tips and Best Practices

Presented by Connie Bura, Associate Director, ACS Division of Member Services

The purpose of this webinar is to provide chapter leaders with information on what the College is doing on their behalf to encourage chapter membership among ACS members, share a wide variety of strategies to support ongoing member recruitment and retention, and discuss other resources the College can develop and deploy to assist with member recruitment.


Suvina Sallan

Everything You Wanted to Know About Applying for Chapter CME

Presented by Suvina Sallan, Administrator, Continual Professional Development, American College of Surgeons

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of updates to the continuing medical education (CME) process, in addition to clarification about common areas of confusion.


Kate EarlyOpportunities for Surgical Research Scholarships/Fellowships and Traveling Fellowships

Presented by Kate Early, Administrative Associate, ACS Division of Member Services

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the scholarships available to domestic (U.S. and Canadian) members of the College.



Paula GoedertMaintaining Your Chapter’s Tax-Exempt Status and Should We Incorporate?

Presented by Paula Goedert, ESQ, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

One of the most challenging situations faced by Boards and staff of non-profit organizations is the legal and tax aspects of Chapter Organization and Management. This webinar will provide chapters with an overview of the benefits offered by obtaining and maintaining corporate status and the need to obtain and maintain tax exemption status.


Chapter Advocacy at the Grassroots Level and Applying for State Advocacy Grants

Presented by Jon Sutton, Manager, State Affairs, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy; Justin Rosen, State Affairs Associate; and Tara Leystra, State Affairs Associate

Entering a state capitol or legislative office building for the first time can be a daunting task, not to mention having to advocate on issues facing surgical care while you’re there. This webinar will help prepare surgeon advocates for meetings with legislators or staff and provide general tips and advice for a successful meeting. In addition, we will outline the grassroots advocacy programs and support services available from the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy.

Jon Sutton Justin Rosen Tara Leyestra Ackerman
Tamara Roberts

Meeting Venue:  Negotiating and Contracting—The Essential Things to Know

Presented by Tamara Roberts, Meetings Manager, American College of Surgeons


Jerry Schwartz

Using ACS Communities to Increase Chapter Participation

Presented by Jerry Schwartz, Social Media Manager, American College of Surgeons

This webinar provides an introduction to ACS Communities, as well as tips on how to use community features to boost chapter engagement and participation.


Suvina Sallan

CME: Top 10 Things You Should Know

Presented by Kathleen Goldsmith, Manager, and Suvina Sallan, Administrator, Continuous Professional Development, American College of Surgeons

This webinar provides an overview of updates to the continuing medical education (CME) process, in addition to clarification about common areas of confusion.


Governors 101: Building a Partnership

Presented by Betty A. Sanders, MBA, PMP, Senior Administrator, ACS Board of Governors

Governors are a vital resource to your chapter. They have the ability to bring your concerns in front of the ACS leadership. With this webinar, you will understand what a Governor’s role is and learn how to collaborate with your Governor to strengthen your chapter’s grassroots efforts.


Paula Goedert

When Board Members Go Bad: Practical Aspects of Hard Problems

Presented by Paula Goedert, ESQ, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

One of the most challenging situations faced by boards and staff of non-profit organizations occurs when board members go bad. A whole variety of impolite, inappropriate, and illegal behavior can accompany board participation. What can be done about it? This webinar will cover legal and non-legal aspects to help staff and board members navigate the black waters of board member misbehavior.


Protect Your Chapter's History: Archiving 101

Presented by Adam Carey, MLSI, Archivist, American College of Surgeons

Our webinar introduces participants to the principles, policies, and practices of archiving. This webinar is designed to inform all staff—across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Protect Your Chapters History will provide the tools needed to begin extending the useful life of collections.