BioME’s New Mission and Vision
In the past few years, our organization has grown bigger, stronger and has become involved with increasingly more and more diverse activities. With all these positive changes, we felt that BioME should come up with a clear strategy for the years to come.
The first step involved putting together a member survey which we sent out at the end of 2017. Many of you responded and the results helped us tremendously with deciding on the direction Bioscience Association of Maine should take in the nearest future. Thank you so much for participating!
On March 1, a group of enthusiastic BioME Board members and staff engaged in a productive strategic planning session facilitated by Johnna Major of Cornerstone HR. The group redefining what BioME is, what role it plays in Maine and beyond, and how it can best serve its members. Under Johnna’s professional supervision, we were able to boil down the essence of why we’re here and define a clear mission statement that will help guide BioME’s activities:
In the survey, our respondents suggested that BioME should be equally involved with life sciences advocacy, education, economic development, workforce development, and attracting out-of-state business. After a long discussion, we came to a conclusion that, through all of the above activities, we are advancing economic growth and opportunities for the life sciences community in Maine. The second part of this statement, the “who”, was particularly important. Our goal is to serve not only the industry per se, but the entire bioscience community in Maine: for profit companies, research institutes, academia, professionals, consultants and business providers, students and all bioscience supporters and enthusiasts.
The second part of our meeting was devoted to clarifying a vision for BioME. What is it that we are trying to achieve through our mission and goals? Johnna encouraged us to “dream big” and go for something that’s not easily achievable but something that would serve as the Association’s ultimate goal. We had a good conversation on the current entrepreneurial ecosystem in the bioscience space in Maine and how it could be improved. Our vision encompasses a collaboration between the industry, education and research:
With the new Mission and Vision in mind, we took to drafting a strategic plan and goals for the nearest future.
Everything the BioScience community needs to be successful in Maine is already here. BioME is fully committed to fostering that success by supporting collaboration between industry players. Please let us know if you’d like to be involved in this journey, whether as a board member, serving on one of our committees, or working on special projects and events as a volunteer.
We’d like to thank Johnna Major of Cornerstone HR for an energetic session with tangible results. Also special thanks for Casey Doucette, PhD for creating a valuable report based on survey responses.
Johnna Major, President of Cornerstone HR, is an experienced HR professional who specializes in helping start up or growth phase companies find the right talent for their teams. Johnna understands that companies need a strong professional staff to make the company’s vision a reality, and has a knack for finding experienced professionals who bring knowledge of best practices but can wear the many hats that small businesses require. In addition, Johnna works with clients to address the full range of HR needs whether it’s managing employee performance or developing sound policies and programs to drive business strategy and ensure compliance.
Text by: Agnieszka Carpenter