Samantha Enslen

Running for vice president

(self-nominated, incumbent) 

About your work: I run Dragonfly Editorial, an agency that provides writing, editing, and design to companies worldwide.

How you have contributed to ACES: For the past 6 years, I have been on the ACES Executive Board. I have also presented at each of the conferences for the past 6 years, presented several webinars, and taught ACES boot camps. Since 2014, I have also served as the managing editor for Tracking Changes, ACES' quarterly journal.

Why you feel you are the best candidate for this position: All of our board members -- not just me -- have played an important role in transitioning ACES to a sustainable, well-functioning organization during a time of tremendous growth. We have streamlined our board structure, expanded our conference, added a full-time executive director and communications director, and added free webinars for members. I can't take sole credit for these developments; everyone on the board is working to create an organization that will be stable and flourishing well after each of us leave our positions.

What you envision for ACES during your tenure: One of my personal goals for the next year is to conduct and publish an ACES Salary Survey. Other organizations, such as the American Medical Writers Association, do this annually or biannually. I think this can be an important way for editors to quantify their value in the marketplace and help us advocate for competitive salaries and freelance rates.

What is one thing about ACES that you would like to improve, and what ideas do you have on how to improve it? One thing I would like to improve is how frequently we solicit input from our members. I would like us to send small, targeted surveys to our members throughout the year. I would ask questions like, "what benefits do you value most from ACES? What should we be offering that we're not? What topics would you like to see in upcoming webinars? Upcoming conferences? Should we continue to publish Tracking Changes, or just publish stories on our blog?" I'd like to make sure the board is moving ACES in the direction that members want, based on real data.