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Society focuses on member value, including regional conferences

Jack Levis

Jack Levis

By Jack Levis

As we move into the heat of summer, we continue to focus on value for our members. With that goal in mind, plans for regional meetings coordinated with INFORMS’ local chapters are moving ahead, including conferences set for Seattle and Chicago in the near future.

Other local chapters have expressed interest in using this format for launching their own regional conferences, which allow our members to collaborate while invigorating the respective local chapters. Local chapters interested in participating should reach out to me or any of our officers. INFORMS Connect ( is a good way to do this.

Providing these options requires horsepower. Luckily, we have more than 1,800 members with deep and varied skill. For the long-term success of the Society, we need to harness those skills.

Vice President Erick Wikum, in line to be the Society’s next president, is focused on volunteerism. Volunteerism is needed to help with managing our awards, coordinating talks at the fall conference and organizing regional conferences. Along with helping out with these current activities, volunteers will become the future leaders of the Society. If you are interested in volunteering, reach out to Erick via INFORMS Connect.

The next time we will all get together will be at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix on Nov. 4-7, and I look forward to seeing our members there. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy the summer.

Jack Levis is president of the Analytics Society of INFORMS.

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