A Message From New FLC Chair Whitney Hastings

A Message From New FLC Chair Whitney Hastings

October 6, 2023

With the start of the new federal fiscal year, I am thrilled to step into the role of Chair for the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). It's an honor to serve in this capacity and work alongside you to carry out the FLC’s mission to support all federal labs in maximizing the impact of federal technology transfer (T2) to benefit the nation.  

I'd like to express my gratitude to outgoing Chair Linda Burger for her outstanding leadership. During her tenure, the FLC established a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility goal; expanded its digital tools and resources to help technology transfer (T2) professionals thrive; increased participation in FLC events; and developed a new strategic plan. 

Now we have the honor and responsibility of executing that strategic plan so that the FLC can expand its reach and impact. We will continue raising public awareness about the value of tech transfer through promotional products such as the LabTech in Your Life virtual tours. With the upgraded FLC Business platform, we have a more robust tool to promote partnership and licensing opportunities between the public and private sectors. And we have ambitious plans to expand the Learning Management System and potentially launch mentorship and micro-credentialing programs to support members’ professional development.  

The FLC plays a pivotal role in our professional growth as T2 practitioners and as a federal T2 community. As Chair, my goal is to ensure all FLC members can benefit from the opportunities, programs and resources our organization offers. The success of each person, team and lab is a success for the entire federal T2 ecosystem.  

I'm excited to work with and for you to continue improving the FLC’s support of the mission, mechanisms and practitioners of federal tech transfer. Our collaboration and collective expertise keep T2 moving forward. 

With gratitude, 

Whitney Hastings