Multi-year support for leadership of one of the world's largest scientific professional associations
Founded more than 125 years ago, ACS has more than 167,000 members, making it one of the world's largest scientific professional associations. The organization has a complex governance structure with a board of directors elected by the membership.
Multiple education and exploratoin sessions with the board that resolved long-standing issues and improved board performance
Oliver Tessier & Associates facilitated multiple board development meetings the the American Chemical Society over a period of two years, educating the board on the principles of effective governance and helping them resolve long-standing issues. Board members reported significant improvements in the work process and the ability of the board to advance toward goals.
Building a second year business plan for a new and highly successful service area within ACS
Oliver Tessier designed and facilitated an operational planning session for ACS's JobSpectrum.org, then a year-old, highly successful, Web-based job matching service that operated as an independent entity within the American Chemical Society.
Facilitation of planning retreat for the External Affairs Division
Design and delivery of a retreat to promote team dynamics among members of the 75-person External Affairs Division. Activities included interactive problem-solving and planning that unifies the efforts of multiple departments within the division. Participants emerged with a stronger sense of how each department functions and with shared plans for improving the division's deliverables while respecting work/life balance.
Oliver Tessier & Associates worked with the ACS board to plan and coordinate the transition from a retiring CEO of twenty-five years to a new leader
The project included
Assisting the board in developing a transition process that would use resources effectively to meet stated goals
Defining tasks and timelines for the transition
Facilitating board decisions about organizational needs and leadership competencies
Preparing the position description and qualifications for board approval
Identifying prospective search firms for board selection
Recommending communication strategies
Supporting the board through the transition process