Leadership Means Being Part of the Solution

There are a lot of great things about being the ASTCT president, but one of the most valuable to me is being able to take issues I feel passionate about and do something.

To me, being a leader is about moving the needle forward on issues that matter. It’s about being a voice for others and making choices that help the society as a whole. During my years serving in various capacities on ASTCT’s Board of Directors, I’ve been able to work with people and leaders from our society who are excited about how the society can push forward the science and delivery of life-saving medicine.

It’s why I urge you to nominate yourself or someone you know for the ASTCT Board of Directors.

Right now, we’re seeking various positions on our board for 2020-2023. You can find out what those positions are on our website. Each requires the nominee be an ASTCT member, and requires you dedicate volunteer time to accomplish organizational goals.

I won’t lie to you, it can be hard work at times. This year has been particularly so. All year, we work through solving problems and identifying initiatives that will make our society better from facing the pandemic to promoting science, delivery of clinical care, informing the government about reimbursements, working with sister organizations, planning for national meetings, trainee programs, and more—which can take time and effort. But what you get in return is extremely rewarding, both on a professional and personal level. In the past few years, we’ve been able to do some really exciting things—which I will share down the road. The camaraderie on our board has led to life-long friendships and forged important professional contacts that have served the field of cellular therapy and transplantation for the last 25 years.

Having a seat at the table in this organization allows you to talk about important topics that impact you and your patients. It’s a unique chance to use your experiences both inside and out of the field, and it puts you in the driver’s seat to determine where the future of our society lies.

This is an incredible opportunity for anyone within our society, looking to make a difference, especially those who feel as if their voice is underrepresented. I encourage everyone who is interested to consider running for one of these positions—it’s a rewarding experience that is worth the time put into it.

I hope to see you in the room where it happens—submit your nomination today.

Pavan Reddy, MD