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Event Spotlight: CEO Connect: A Conversation with Dr. Max

By Denman Wall

From left to right: Michael L. Weamer, Immediate Past Chair or NYSAE and President & CEO of The Marfan Foundation; CEO Connect Speaker, Dr. Max Gomez, WCBS-TV Sr. Medical Correspondent; Joel A. Dolci, CAE, President & CEO, NYSAE;

What happens when you mix a science celebrity with Michael Weamer and association executives? You get a compelling discussion about how things work within humanity’s collective bioscience systems as well as a lesson on how to handle the media.

At this month’s CEO Connect, C-level executives were treated to an hour-long discussion with Dr. Max Gomez, a.k.a. “Dr. Max.” During the session, Dr. Max shared some of the breakthroughs around stem cell science, T-Cell therapies and other medical treatments currently being explored and used to treat patients with widespread conditions. While being cutting edge, sometimes scientific breakthroughs come with questions. As a person in the spotlight, Dr. Max has to be able to present his medically-oriented reports while dealing with tough questions from onlookers with grace and ease, including the media.

Dr. Max explained that leaders should not shy away from answering media questions, but to be honest when sharing. It is okay to say, “I don’t know” or “we are trying to get that information.” But, be sure to “put a period on it” so as to know when to stop responding. What’s more, organizations should not wait too long to respond. Hiding in the absence of information is not good. Importantly, Dr. Max cautioned the attendees to “never lie to a reporter because it will come back to you…” Finally, be sure to have a responsive crisis communication plan because news cycles are measured by a stopwatch these days. 

Thanks to all who participated!

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Robert Blumenfeld

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