ISPOR - Mentor or Coach of the Year
Company: The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), Lawrenceville, NJ
Company Description: The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) is a nonprofit, international, educational and scientific organization that promotes health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) excellence to improve decision making for health globally.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Mentor or Coach of the Year – Government or Non-Profit
Nomination Title: Nancy S. Berg Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Describe for the judges the nominated individual's activities and accomplishments that supported women in business since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):
Nancy S. Berg came to ISPOR in 2014 as the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director just as the Society was celebrating its 20th anniversary and just as the founding director was transitioning out of the organization. Admittedly, founder transitions present a unique set of challenges, but Nancy was stepping into an organization that was successful yet urgently in need of key infrastructure and strategic development.
Fortunately, Nancy’s 30 years of experience in technical and scientific association leadership was exactly what ISPOR needed. Nancy has a real knack for assessing and developing talent. Her dynamic leadership style and her willingness to empower staff to work collaboratively and make decisions resulted in a fundamental (and monumental) culture change within the organization.
Nancy has a long history of coaching and developing those around her. Nancy has kept close ties with former employees whom she’s continued to coach and mentor throughout their careers—many who have since become CEOs of leading associations. Nancy continues to give freely of her time to mentor to new professionals in the workplace and in her local community. She often speaks about the importance of leadership in her community, and she has been a true champion in recognizing a member of her staff for the Healthcare Businesswomen Association’s 2017 Rising Star program.
When you meet Nancy, it quickly becomes apparent that she holds herself to a high professional and ethical standard (both in her professional and personal life). As such, she is a strong role model for her staff and for the members she serves. As the leader of the organization, she set the tone for cooperation, trust, and for change. Through her dynamic, transparent style, she created an environment of collaboration, coaching, and communication. As a result, it wasn’t long before Nancy had built a management team, staff, and culture that works cross-functionally to achieve the strategic goals that link back to the Society’s mission and vision.
Nancy gives her management team independence and complete accountability, but is supportive and willing to offer help and advice. In other words, you always know that she’s got your back. When you seek input or advice, her feedback is astoundingly incisive—she always seems to know exactly what’s missing or what’s too much. She seems to find a way to contribute a suggestion or make an observation that not only helps improve the outcome of the project, but also ends up empowering you.
Nancy has transformed ISPOR into the leading professional society for health economics and outcomes research through her leadership style and her ability to mentor and coach those around her. She has created an environment where her staff feels safe—safe enough to fail, learn from the failure, and come out on the other end feeling motivated for success. As Simon Sinek explains in his TED talk Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe, “when you get the environment right, every single one of us has the power to do remarkable things.” It’s because of Nancy that ISPOR is doing remarkable things.
Provide a brief biography of the nominated individual (up to 125 words):
Nancy S. Berg, CEO and executive director, has led ISPOR to design and implement its new strategic plan, mission, and vision that is guiding the Society into the future. Ms. Berg previously served as president and CEO of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). Prior to this, she was executive director and CEO of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
Throughout her career, Ms. Berg has been recognized as a ground-breaking leader. During her tenure with SME, she became the youngest person ever to head a global technical/engineering organization. She has received a number of leadership awards, including the PharmaVOICE 100 Most Inspirational Leaders, Stevie® Awards Silver Female Executive of the Year, and the PM360 ELITE, and Corp! Magazine’s “Michigan’s Top 50 Women.”