Question & Answer
To help members better understand the process, IGCS has compiled answers to possible queries:
WHAT POSITIONS MUST BE FILLED THIS YEAR AND WHAT ARE THE TERMS?
There are three (3) vacancies on the IGCS Board of Directors
Board Member (three open positions)
Board members will attend Board meetings, stay informed of Society matters, and provide input and feedback on issues affecting the Society and its members. Board members may be assigned to act as a liaison for certain membership groups or take a leadership position on special projects. These are two-year terms.
2023-2025 open council positions include:
- Gynecologic Oncologist practicing in Asia, Oceania, or the Pacific
- Gynecologic Oncologist practicing in North America (USA or Canada)
- Radiation Oncologist (geographic region unspecified)
WHAT CRITERIA WILL THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE USE TO SELECT CANDIDATES FOR THE ELECTION?
Assuming they meet membership requirements, the Nominating Committee will evaluate candidates based on their professional credentials, past leadership experience and tenure both in the IGCS and other not-for-profit organizations, their commitment to IGCS’s mission and vision, and personal characteristics, including communication skills, leadership success and commitment to diversity. The following are guiding principles:
- Do you have previous leadership experience?
- Do you have special interests or business skills/strategic relationships that align with the IGCS?
- Do you have experience in education, mentorship and teaching?
- Are you easy to approach? Are you visionary and strategic? Are you ethical? Because part of your responsibility as a Council member is to be a role model, leadership qualities are essential.
Your commitment to active participation and leadership:
- Do you have a history of service with the IGCS through committees or other leadership activities including attending and presenting at IGCS meetings?
- Do your other professional activities permit you to commit adequate time and attention to the duties required of an IGCS officer or Board member?
All applicants will be required to disclose potential conflicts of interest at the time of application. Those conflicts will also be taken into account in the nominating committee’s decisions.
WHAT DO BOARD MEMBERS DO?
Board members deliberate, plan and evaluate. You focus on the IGCS mission and strategic goals to build the foundation for the needs of professionals dedicated to women’s cancer research, screening, treatment and prevention to be successful.
The Board structure is designed to ensure representation from various global regions and medical specialties– thus, each representative is expected to bring viewpoints and knowledge that are essential to the organization’s continued success as a global, multidisciplinary organization.
Board members may be assigned to act as a liaison for certain membership groups or take a leadership position on special projects.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES BOARD SERVICE REQUIRE?
Board members must be willing to invest time in preparing for and thoughtfully participate in Board meetings and conference calls. The Board of Directors meets in person one (1) or two (2) times a year for no more than a full day and participates in approximately four (4) or five (5) 60-90-minute conference calls each year.
Board members are expected to attend the IGCS Annual Global Meeting.
DO I NEED REFERENCES OR A LETTER OF SUPPORT TO BE CONSIDERED?
No. Reference letters are not required and will not be reviewed by the Nominating Committee. Candidates will be evaluated based on the responses provided in their application.
WHAT IS THE NOMINATING AND ELECTION PROCESS THIS YEAR?
IGCS’s Nominating Committee will accept applications through March 30, 2023. The committee then reviews all applications and chooses a list of candidates for each open position according to IGCS policy. The candidates who are chosen for the slate will submit brief biographies and headshots to be displayed online prior to the election.
The list will be presented to the membership in May. Members with voting rights will be sent a link to review the slate and biographies of each candidate and they will cast their vote online.
Regional Board members will be elected by majority vote of IGCS members residing in the specified region. For example, only members residing in North American countries are eligible to vote for the North American Council member representative.
Voting will close thirty (30) days after voting begins. The results will be announced two weeks later.
HOW DO I NOMINATE A CANDIDATE?
Members apply on their own initiative via the online process. If you know of an individual who meets the Nominating Committee’s criteria, and who might be willing to serve on the Board of Directors, please encourage them to submit an application.
HOW DO I APPLY AND WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?
We strongly encourage self-nomination. Those interested in serving on the Council should complete an application form with a recent CV and digital photograph.
Applications were accepted February 24 - March 30, 2023. The deadline was 11:59 p.m. EST on March 30, 2023.
WHO IS ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE?
2023 Nominating Committee Roster
Our bylaws specify that the Nominating Committee consists of the Past President (chair), current President, Vice President, President-Elect* and two IGCS members of the IGCS Board of Directors (appointed by the Chair and approved by the Board).
Chair/Past President: Dr. Robert Coleman (USA)
President: Dr. Keiichi Fujiwara (Japan)
Vice President: Dr. Anuja Jhingran (USA)
Board Member: Dr. Rhonda Farrell (Australia)
Board Member: Dr. Mario Leitao (USA)
President-Elect: Dr. Greta Dreyer (South Africa)*
*The President-Elect only sits on the committee to observe the process and will not vote or provide commentary regarding candidates or the final slate.