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Looking forward to the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix

Jack Levis

Jack Levis

By Jack Levis

I am looking forward to seeing our Society members at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix next month, Nov. 4-7. It is hard to believe a year has passed since our last time together. Our awards program remains strong, and the volunteer members who oversee the awards have made sure the program is managed with integrity and that it exudes quality.

The Society will honor its award contestants and winners at our business meeting on Monday, Nov. 5 in Phoenix. All Analytics Society member are welcome to attend. We will have food and drink and talk about a vision for the future of the Society. There is so much more we can accomplish, but we will need engaged volunteers to succeed.

Our volunteers along with local chapters just completed two very successful regional conferences in Seattle and Chicago. I was pleased to see the background of the participants, many of whom were not previously members of INFORMS or the Analytics Society. They heard about the conference through colleagues. This is a very positive sign as we need to reach out to those not familiar with our association.

The goal of the regional conferences is to have additional venues to discuss analytics in practice and to revitalize local INFORMS chapters. A big thank you to Stefan Karisch for making this happen. If other chapters are interested in participating, they should reach out to me or any of our officers. INFORMSConnect is a good way to do this.

INFORMS staff members have been discussing the importance of diversity and inclusion. I believe this is an important area for all organizations. We can all benefit from hearing differing ideas that come from diverse backgrounds. I’m certain we have more members who can benefit the Analytics Society with their views. We need more people to volunteer and help guide our future.

Erick Wikum, our next president, believes that volunteerism is essential for our long-term success, and I know he will encourage more individuals to help. We can certainly use more volunteers, so please reach out and show your interest.

Again, I look forward to seeing our members at the fall conference.

Jack Levis is president of the Analytics Society of INFORMS.


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