2018 Board Member Nominations

Dear SHSMD Member,

SHSMD is looking for members who can help lead the Society into the future. Beginning today and extending until February 20, the nominating committee is seeking nominations for talented leaders who share SHSMD's vision of being the preeminent professional organization leading, connecting, and serving healthcare strategists – including planners, marketers, communicators, physician relations professionals, and business developers.

Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself for a three-year term on the 2018 SHSMD Board of Directors.

Board candidates should demonstrate the following:

We are also seeking candidates for 2018 president-elect. The SHSMD Bylaws stipulate that nominees for president-elect must be current members of the SHSMD Board who have served at least one year of a three-year term. Learn more about the role and responsibilities of the SHSMD President-elect and President.

In determining the slate that will be presented to the membership for vote in August, the committee will use criteria developed by the 2016 SHSMD Board of Directors, including experience, leadership ability, SHSMD involvement, healthcare affiliation, diversity, and appropriate representation of the disciplines and geography encompassed in the membership.

If you know a SHSMD member who fits that description or if you believe that you’re ready to join the board, we want to hear from you. Please complete the Nominations Form by Monday, February 20.

Please contact SHSMD Executive Director Diane Weber at 312.422.3888 or dweber@aha.org if you have questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Larry Margolis
Managing Partner
SPM Marketing & Communications

* Note:  SHSMD reimburses board members for travel expenses related to participation in board meetings, however, board members are expected to attend the SHSMD Connections at their own expense.



February 20, 2017
Deadline: Call for Nominations
February 22, 2017 Candidate questionnaires & requests for résumés sent to all nominees
March 3, 2017 Deadline: Candidate Résumés & Questionnaires
March 13 – April 15, 2017
Nominations Committee Review of Candidates
May 17, 2017 Slated candidates notified
August 1, 2017
Member elections open
August 31, 2017 Member elections closed
September 26, 2017
Announcement at SHSMD Connections annual conference

Roles and Responsibilities

Board of Directors Members

The SHSMD Board of Directors acts in an advisory capacity within the guidelines established by the American Hospital Association. Directors are responsible for policy-governance activities related to the Society, including developing strategies and establishing policies for the association, approving the Society’s annual budget and exercising fiscal review, representing the interests of healthcare strategy professionals, interfacing with the American Hospital Association on subjects of interest to the membership, and serving as advocates for the important role that healthcare strategy plays in today’s healthcare organization.

Candidates are slated by the Nominating Committee to serve a three-year term of office. Individuals are eligible to serve a second consecutive three-year term.

Key Duties

  • Participates in the development, implementation, and performance tracking of the strategic plan
  • Contributes to the development and use of polices to guide the work of the Board of Directors
  • Understands member needs and serves as an advocate for the Society and its members.
  • Serves as an advocate for the Society when participating in other associations' educational programs and activities
  • Provides input into ongoing membership recruitment and retention strategies and member involvement in the activities of the organization.
  • Provides input into development of programs and services
  • Provides input into the membership, work plans, and performance of committees, task forces, and other ad hoc advisory groups
  • Provides input into the major assumptions used by management to develop the annual budget; approves the budget and tracks through quarterly reviews
  • Represents the interests of healthcare strategy [planning, marketing, communications, and other related disciplines], interfacing with the American Hospital Association on subjects of interest to the members and serves as an advocate for members’ roles in healthcare organizations
  • Serves, as requested by the President, on committees or task forces or other groups as a member, leader, or Board liaison


The President-elect, one of three voting members of the Executive Committee, provides leadership to the Society in carrying out the organization’s vision, mission, strategies, and objectives.

Key Duties

  • Carries out the responsibilities and performs the functions that are from time-to-time assigned by the President
  • Performs the duties of the President whenever the president shall be unable to do so
  • Fully engages in the work of the Executive Committee and supports its decisions with the Board and the membership
  • Works with the Executive Committee and Board to ensure that the Society operates within its fiscal budget
  • Annually reviews the Bylaws and makes recommendations for amendments to the Board of Directors for their consideration
  • Appoints committee and task force chairpersons with Executive Committee input and approval and the Board’s consent for his/her term of office as President
  • Facilitates leadership development within the organization
  • Reviews and provides input to staff on Board Orientation materials and participates in new Board Member Orientation
  • Criteria
  • In evaluating nominees for Society president-elect, the Nominating Committee will utilize criteria such as:
  • Demonstrated leadership during tenure on Board of Directors*
  • Definitive contributions to the Society’s goals and objectives during Board tenure
  • Demonstrated leadership characteristics such as:
  • Strategic perspective
  • Influencing and negotiating skills
  • Demonstrated judgment
  • Visionary and breakthrough thinking
  • Implementation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Consensus building skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Experience in healthcare, including strategic planning, business development, marketing, communications,  public relations, and physician relations
  • Contributions to the healthcare field and the strategy disciplines


The President, the Society’s chief elected officer, provides leadership to the Board of Directors, committee and task force chairpersons, members, and staff in carrying out the organization’s vision, mission, strategies, and objectives.

Key Duties

  • Leads the Board of Directors in setting strategic direction
  • Chairs all Board meetings, Executive Committee meetings, the Society’s annual meeting ,and any special meetings of the membership that may be called
  • Appoints committee and task force chairpersons with Executive Committee input and approval and the Board’s consent
  • Coordinates and serves as a channel of communication among officers, Board members, committee and task force chairpersons, and other leadership groups within the association
  • Recommends policy and actions to the Board of Directors for its review and approval
  • Works with the Executive Committee and Board to ensure that the Society operates within its fiscal budget
  • Ensures all activities of the President, Executive Committee, and Board are in compliance with the Society’s Bylaws and conflict of interest guidelines
  • Serves as the chief elected spokesperson for the Society
  • Represents the Society at appropriate meetings and events sponsored by the Society, the American Hospital Association and other organizations
  • Ensures effective transition of officers at conclusion of presidential term
  • Ensures strategic planning and tactical implementation during the term of office and during the Executive Committee’s transition period

* Candidates for Society president must be members of the current Society Board of Directors as provided in the Society’s Bylaws, Article VIII-Officers, Section 1. Eligibility.