plenary ‘Be Mindful of Your Community’ + National Native American Law Enforcement Association
Roberta A. Kravitz
Executive Director, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), Concord,
California; Recipient, PCMA 2017 Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award
E DUC AT IO N St. Mary’s College of
California, majoring in government.
MY FIRST INDUSTRY JOB Working as a
temporary worker at an annual meeting
— I took minutes at committee meetings.
MY PREVIOUS THREE JOBS ISMRM
director of meetings and electronic
communications, 2001–2005; ISMRM
director of study groups and electronic
communications, 1997–2001; ISMRM
study group coordinator and executive
WHAT I DO NOW I am the ISMRM
executive director, and as such I
supervise and manage all staff and
independent contractors, defining
duties, compensation, and benefits,
evaluating performance, and delegating
responsibilities. I manage the day-to-day
operations, maintain high involvement
with all segments of the membership,
develop policy and recommendations
for budget, services, programs, and
facilitate corporate relations, and
continually advance the mission and
goals of ISMRM. I report to the ISMRM
Board of Trustees.
FAVORI TE THING ABOU T MY JOB
The ISMRM membership. I am always
awed by the membership’s willing-
ness to put in hours of work for no
pay, reviewing hundreds of scientific
abstracts, dozens of journal manuscripts,
serving on extremely active committees,
and flying around the world to talk at
a two-day educational workshop. This
membership breathes commitment to
its work, embracing this organization as
an integral part of the MR community.
And the membership always makes my
job challenging and fun!
MOST INFLUENCED IN M Y CAREER BY
I am so fortunate to have a wide
network of friends and colleagues
around the world, and I know that I
would not be leading this international
organization if it were not for each
and every one of them. With that said,
there is one person from years ago
that saw my enthusiasm, idealism, and
work ethic and encouraged me in this
industry. Her name was Renee Sauers.
She was the director of postgraduate
radiology education at the University
of California, San Francisco, and on the
side she organized meetings.
The first time I met Renee was in
Berlin in 1992 at the ISMRM annual
meeting, which she organized and
where I was hired to help out with the
committee meetings. She probably
felt sorry for me, because I made the
rookie mistake of wearing stilettos on a
convention-center floor on day one of
a seven-day meeting, but for whatever
reason, Renee and I became friends.
Renee passed away years ago, but to
this day I still hear stories about Renee
from people who did business with her.
She was what one would call a “
character,” a bit high-maintenance, a bit
intimidating, and definitely demanding
and tough — but what a big heart she had.
She gave me my start, lending me confidence and support, encouraging tenacity
and independence, and ultimately helping to champion my full-time employment with this organization. I’ll never
forget her, and will forever be grateful
for her friendship all those years ago.
be honest, and
recognize that we
can all support
each other’s efforts
and do a great deal