The Conference Program Committee (CPC) is responsible for reviewing and selecting the education sessions for the annual Product Stewardship Conference. The CPC is representative of the Product Stewardship Society membership and brings the subject matter expertise and the perspective of the conference attendee to the deliberations over which session proposals to choose. The CPC is responsible for ensuring the highest quality content and speakers. Their input is critical to building a dynamic and current education program each year that meets the needs of the profession.

Goal 1: Develop an innovative program for the Product Stewardship Conference that meets the educational needs of the profession.

  • Ensure that the education offered at the Product Stewardship Conference is of high quality and addresses current issues of product stewards to enhance attainment and retention of technical competence.
  • Develop the conference education program by peer review of submitted session proposals based upon established review criteria.
  • Provide feedback on the non-technical program, overall schedule and events.

Goal 2: Provide long-range planning for continuous improvement of the technical quality of the Product Stewardship Conference

  • Identify feedback mechanisms for continuous improvement such as conference evaluations and session audits.
  • Incorporate recommended initiatives, strategies, outcomes, and guidance.
  • Maintain open lines of communication and transparency with Product Stewardship Society committees and members.
  • Offer assistance and guidance as needed to presenters and session personnel.

Composition

The CPC is comprised of 9 individuals representing a cross-section of the product stewardship profession. Committee members are selected to ensure a balance of:

  • Industry sectors
  • Early, mid, and late-career professionals
  • Geographic regions
  • Areas of specialty
  • Other factors to create as diverse a committee as is reasonably possible

Each CPC member serves a term of three years. Terms are staggered to assure that one third of the committee members are new each year. A member’s term ends at the CPC meeting at the Product Stewardship Conference in their final year.

As members cycle off the committee, a call for new CPC members is published. Applications are received and reviewed by key Product Stewardship Society volunteers and staff. Selections are based upon the number of open positions and the representation needed to balance the existing committee.

Qualifications

To serve on the CPC, an individual should be a current member in good standing of the Product Stewardship Society and have attended at least one Product Stewardship Conference.

Those interested in being considered must complete and submit a CPC application. Any potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed, such as service on a related or similar committee or volunteer group with another organization. Selection to serve on the CPC is individual, is not assigned to an organization, and is non-transferable.

Attributes

A well-balanced, cross-representative group of volunteers is vital to the strength of the CPC and to shaping the educational content for the Product Stewardship Conference. Toward that end, the following attributes are considered when CPC representatives are selected:

  1. Demonstration of leadership skills and the ability to be thoughtful, deliberative and decisive.
  2. Ability to:
    1. work collaboratively in a group setting.
    2. professionally handle differences of opinion with peers.
    3. speak with “one voice,” supporting decisions once they have been made.
  3. Ability to represent the profession as whole, not just one practice area or specialty.
  4. Proven ability to think long-term strategically as well as short-term tactically.
  5. Ability to screen submissions in a fair, consistent, defensible, and transparent manner.
  6. Ability to meet deadlines in a short period of time, especially in the spring (March-May).

CPC Member Expectations & Timeline

  • Three-year commitment with high availability in the spring (March through May).
  • Adhere to review and selection processing timeline (provided each year in early February).
  • Over a two-week period in March, complete online peer review and rating of 50+ session proposals and be available for 3-hour review call and a 2-hour selection call in early to mid-April.
  • Attend conference calls as needed.
  • Attend one in-person meeting each year: conference debrief meeting at the Product Stewardship Conference in the fall.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact us at productstewards@aiha.org.