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Keynote: Change!

After a welcome from our conference chairs, come and listen to two short talks from speakers well versed in dealing with change, who are also familiar with learned societies, followed by a brief discussion and a few questions.

Society Street Virtual 2020


March 26, 2020


Embracing the Mission. Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Conference. Particular thanks to our speakers who were so generous with their time and their ideas. Special thanks goes to our sponsors who supported the event and enabled us to offer it free to our community. Feel free to watch and listen to the sessions and sign up if you would like to be alerted when we run more events.

Mary Williams


Features Editor - American Society of Plant Biologists

(Speaker in 2020)

Cindy Sparrow


Acting Deputy Chief - Community & Support Services, Red Deer Emergency Services

(Speaker in 2020)

Margaret Vitullo


Deputy Director - American Sociological Association

(Speaker in 2020) Margaret Weigers Vitullo, Ph.D. is Deputy Director of ASA. Before joining the staff of ASA she was a faculty member and chair of the Sociology Department at Gallaudet University. She also worked as a research scientist in the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in both sociology and managerial studies from Rice University.


Society Street 2020 (March): Welcome and Keynotes: Change!

The topic of this talk was decided months before COVID-19 hit: how can Learned Societies cope with change and adapt? By the end of March 2020 COVID-19 had been declared a pandemic and our speakers, Cindy and Mary, pivoted the content of their talks to address just this.