Founded in 1978, the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide insight and research into the use of brachytherapy in malignant and benign conditions. The organization consists of approximately 1,500 physicists, physicians, and other health care providers interested in brachytherapy.
It is with great enthusiasm and anticipation that we invite you to attend the 2017 American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) Annual Meeting. Our meeting theme is "Celebrate Brachytherapy: Educate, Innovate and Motivate". The meeting will be held at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square in the exciting city of San Francisco, June 7-9, 2018. Ann Klopp our Scientific Program Chair along with Co-Chair, Brett Cox are putting together a very enriching and stimulating program. A wide variety of national and international speakers have been invited to present their data and to debate controversial issues. We will again offer the Judith Stitt Best Abstract Awards that will be highlighted in a plenary session. The Resident Travel Awards will continue to encourage resident involvement in the society and we will again offer a Resident's Luncheon at our meeting.
Best-Selling Author and Global Leader in Innovation in Technology and Healthcare
Tom Kelley practices innovation every day. His ability to foster a culture of creativity in the companies he works with has made him one of the most beloved figures in innovation. Tom's newest book, Creative Confidence, is an out-of-the-box success; in its first week, it was already among the best-selling business books in the country, leading the field in motivational leadership and problem-solving.
Creative Confidence is a guide to recognizing and unleashing the creative potential in every employee. Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types" — artists, writers, the design team. But every one of us has the potential to be creative; creativity is a mindset that anyone can cultivate, not a personality trait you either have or you don't. And in a marketplace where competitiveness is defined by innovation, the more creativity you unlock across the board, the more likely you are to succeed. Creative Confidence was co-written with Tom's brother David Kelley, the founder of IDEO and creator of the Stanford d.school, and the book draws on both brothers' extensive work through these institutions with many of the world's top companies.
This is just the latest step in Tom's highly respected career as a leader in innovation management and design. Under his management, IDEO has won more admiration and awards than any other design firm in the last decade. At the heart of IDEO's success is the Creative Confidence philosophy: everyone can contribute creatively to a project if innovation is part of an organization's way of life.
Tom's earlier books include The Art of Innovation, which describes IDEO’s "deep dive" approach to successful product creation, focusing on brainstorming and teamwork as invaluable tools. The Ten Faces of Innovation shares ten unique strategies for making sure that good ideas make it to market.
Tom was named the first-ever Executive Fellow by the dean of the Haas Business School, University of California Berkeley, and received the 2009 Kellogg Award for Distinguished Leadership from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.