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 eight (8) vacancies on the 2022-2026 IGCS Council
President Elect (Africa, Europe, or Middle East)
To achieve a balanced worldwide representation of the scientific and medical communities, the society consists of three global regions: 1. The Americas, 2. Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 3. Asia and Oceania. On a rotating basis, candidates for President Elect shall be chosen from only one of the three regions. The 2022-2024 President Elect must be an active member practicing in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East. The President Elect serves a two-year term and automatically ascends to the position of President. After Presidency, this individual continues to sit on the Board and Executive Committee for two years as Past President. The Past President chairs the Nominating Committee. The total time commitment is six years.
Vice President (geographic region unspecified)
The Vice President, in the absence of the President, shall preside at all meetings of the Society and Council and shall assist the President in their duties as requested. This is a two-year term.
Secretary-Treasurer Elect (geographic region unspecified)
The Secretary-Treasurer Elect shall become a voting member of the council for two years prior to becoming Secretary Treasurer, working closely with the current Secretary-Treasurer to ensure a smooth transition. Responsibilities include reviewing the annual budget, audit and financial reports. The Secretary-Treasurer will monitor the Society’s financial performance and report to Council the current financial status of the Society. The total time commitment is four years.
Council Member (five open positions)
Council members will attend Council meetings, stay informed of Society matters, and provide input and feedback on issues affecting the Society and its members. Council 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.
2022-2024 open council positions include:
- Gynecologic Oncologist practicing in Central or South America
- Gynecologic Oncologist practicing in Africa or the Middle East
- Gynecologic Oncologist practicing in Asia or Oceania
- Gynecologic Oncologist practicing in Europe
- Medical 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 Council 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 COUNCIL MEMBERS DO?
Council 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 Council 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.
Council 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 COUNCIL SERVICE REQUIRE?
Council members must be willing to invest time in preparing for and thoughtfully participate in Council meetings and conference calls. The Council 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.
Council 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 February 20, 2022. 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 April. 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.
All members with voting rights may cast votes for candidates running for Officer positions (President Elect, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer Elect) and Council member positions of unspecified global region. Regional Council members will be elected by majority vote of IGCS members residing in the specified region. For example, only members residing in European countries are eligible to vote for the European Council member representative.
Voting will close in May, 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 Council, 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.
The deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
WHO IS ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE?
Our bylaws specify that the Nominating Committee consists of the Past President (chair), current President, President-Elect and two IGCS members at large (appointed by the Chair and approved by Council).
2022 Nominating Committee Roster
Chair/Past President: Roberto Angioli (Italy)
Current President: Robert Coleman (USA)
President Elect: Keiichi Fujiwara (Japan)*
Alexander Popov (Russia)
Muhieddine Seoud (United Arab Emirates)
Vanna Zanagnolo (Italy)
*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.