W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – To better promote the professional development opportunities resulting from involvement in standards development activities, ASTM International has launched a leadership program in 2013. This new Leadership Connection initiative offers educational resources that support the many skills acquired by engaging in ASTM technical committee activities.

The Leadership Connection aims to raise awareness about the wealth of opportunities available for hands-on leadership experience that can position individuals for career growth. The program emphasizes how professionals can leverage their ASTM membership and involvement on standards-developing committees.

“ASTM membership offers one of the richest learning and professional development environments you’ll find anywhere,” says Katharine Morgan, Vice President, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International. “At ASTM, it’s easy to find roles of added responsibility. Members who are committed to engage will find a clear and progressive path of leadership development.”

The hub of the Leadership Connection is a newly launched section of the ASTM website, which will serve as the gateway to the program’s resources. Features of the Leadership Connection area of the site include reference articles outlining strategies for succeeding as a standards professional, best-practice guidance for technical committee officers on orienting new members, and information for employers highlighting the value and impact of standards on business growth and corporate performance.

A central component of the Leadership Connection campaign is the ASTM Technical Committee Mentoring Program. The program pairs a new ASTM member with a seasoned one for personalized instruction on the inner-workings of ASTM technical committees. The aim is to more quickly involve new members in standards development activities. Members can request a mentor online and also sign-up for free online training workshops through the ASTM Virtual Classroom.

For additional information on the Leadership Connection program and the various resources available, visit www.astm.org/LEADERSHIP.