In 2014, we'll aim for formal sponsored educational events every other month with more general networking events in the months between.
January we can meet for a Happy Hour
Let's kick things off in January with a fun and casual Happy Hour just to carry over the momentum from 2013. Meeting up on January 8th could keep the introductions and great networking happening within the group. I've invited a few surprise special guests, too to really get the dialogue going.
February can be a bit more formal
The next meetup will likely be the second or third week in February. You can mark your calendars and let me know your preferred dates and venue. The topic will tentatively be centralized statistical monitoring possibly including a discussion panel and demo of Patient Profiles software. I prepared a presentation of this software with meetup group member, Barbara Elashoff last February at the Outsourcing West conference so we'll dust off those slides and give some updates to the group.
What will we do in January?
To make sure we all have something ClinOps related to talk about on January 8th, here are a few possible topics of conversation:
• Following up from our December event, which ClinOps related New Year's resolutions are you working towards?
• January can be a dead month for job seekers but there are a lot of Bay Area ClinOps opportunities out there right now. Do you know the best recruiters to work with and which hot companies are hiring? Naturally, I have some tips to share.
• I'd love to get your recommendations as I put together our Q1 calendar of events. What should our group meetup about in 2014?
• I am giving a presentation at SCOPE in Miami in February. The topic is Investigate Site Selection and it would be great to chat with you about my slides and incorporate your edits and suggestions before I send the final deck off to the conference organizers. Are you heading to SCOPE this year?
Email me anytime or meetup with the group at the ClinOps Toolkit Happy Hour after work on Wednesday, January 8th.
Houlihan's at the Holiday Inn in South San Francisco is great for groups.
You can purchase appetizers, drinks, or even dinner directly from the lounge staff. We'll plan on separate checks at the bar for this event so that folks can drop by at their convenience and settle their own tab.
Now, if anyone in the meetup group wants to sponsor part of the expense of this Happy Hour or other 2014 events, you can contact me to make arrangements at [masked] Otherwise, let's just plan to go dutch.
Hope to see you there!