Nancy Berg has nearly 30 years of experience in technical and scientific association leadership, and has been an entrepreneur and business consultant to commercial and non-profit organizations.
Berg has been President and CEO of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), a 501C6 organization, since 2011. During her tenure with ISPE, Berg has been responsible for transformational change at ISPE, the world's largest professional society fostering dialog and education on technical, scientific and regulatory best practices in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Ms. Berg was the architect of the Society's Strategic Plan, focusing ISPE's energies and expertise on high-value, ground-breaking initiatives related to drug shortages, quality metrics, global manufacturing quality, facility and supply chain issues and patient experiences in clinical trials.
Berg has been instrumental in creating synergies between pharmaceutical industry stakeholders, bringing together diverse groups of professionals, regulators, and partner organizations to work on issues of shared concern. Berg's work with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ISPE's Drug Shortages Initiative is particularly noteworthy; in one project, she led teams of ISPE Members to complete groundbreaking research recently cited by FDA in its strategic plan and in senior official Congressional testimony. ISPE will soon announce the industry's first Drug Shortages Prevention Plan, a collaboration involving Members and Regulators in Europe and North America as well as Phase 1 of its Quality Metrics Study, conducted to help identify a set of common metrics for use by industry and health authorities in assessing product quality and patient safety.
Under Berg's leadership, ISPE strengthened its internal operations. The organization introduced a strategic redirection of focus in Europe and Asia, while in North America the Society plans to establish in late 2014 an office in Washington, D.C., in addition to its headquarters in Tampa, Fl. Berg has been catalytic in evolving ISPE's visibility and in building more contemporary business operations, streamlining governance processes and developing new revenue sources. The inaugural Pharma EXPO tradeshow (3 – 5 November 2014, Chicago), an event for the pharmaceutical industry managed in partnership with PMMI, was developed and launched on Berg's watch.
Berg and the 45-person global staff team execute ISPE's programs, services and activities and supports the work of its organizational bodies. The team also represents and supports ISPE's interests through interaction with a wide range of entities, including members, regulatory agencies; industry and academic leaders; and service providers, suppliers and manufacturers. Berg reports to the ISPE Board of Directors.
Nancy Berg also served as executive director/CEO of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), a 501C32 organization, based in Dearborn, Michigan from 2000 to 2006 when she left the society to launch her own consulting business focused on helping shape growth and improve the effectiveness of businesses, start-ups and nonprofit organizations. While at the helm of SME, she directed the day-to-day operations of the $30-million/year, 200-employee organization and its worldwide businesses, including events, training and expositions, publishing, technical communities, membership operations, and the SME Education Foundation (also a 501C3 entity).
At SME, Berg built, repositioned and streamlined operations, established a more customer-driven culture and integrated product and market development initiatives. She designed and launched the association's strategic plan, Plan 2010 and she and her management team were recognized by leading professional organizations, such as the American Society for Training and Development and the International Association of Business Communicators, for these efforts.
Prior to being selected as SME's executive director and general manager, Berg was director of expositions at SME, responsible for overseeing 21+ domestic and international trade shows and educational events. Under her leadership, SME's tradeshow activities grew exponentially and SME was named a top 10 trade show management company in the 1997 & 1998 Tradeshow Week Data Books. As a result of Berg's strategic leadership, SME grew to have four of the nation's top 200 trade shows recognized by Tradeshow Week. During this time, Berg spearheaded joint ventures, partnerships and strategic alliances with more than 100 associations, agencies, governments, institutions and organizations around the world and led ISP's entry into major global markets.
Berg joined SME in 1982 as staff manager for Robotics International of SME (RI/SME), an association specializing in robotics technology. In 1984, she assumed responsibility for product development in the Expositions Division. Later, as Expositions Director, she also became responsible for strategic and financial planning, sales, communication and services, and education and show event management. Earlier in her career, Berg worked in both the manufacturing and service industries.
Berg also consulted with organizations on strategic and growth planning, leadership, sales and marketing, effective operations and business transformations. She has helped businesses become more effective, more influential, and more relevant by thinking strategically; planning long term; focusing their positioning and marketing around smart objectives, partnerships; and developing great leadership and committed employees.
In 2008, she also launched The Charleston Shutter Company, a custom exterior shutter company serving the architectural, commercial and residential construction industries. This company specializes in executive homes and 18th/19th century restorations and is now being run by members of her family and other representatives.
Throughout her career, Berg has been recognized as a ground-breaking leader with a hands-on style. During her tenure with SME, she was the youngest person to head a global engineering/technical organization. She has been named one of Detroit’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women” by Crain’s Detroit Business and one of Michigan’s Top 50 Women by Corp! Magazine. She also received the Women of Achievement Award, Business & Industry by the YWCA of Western Wayne County Michigan among other recognition.
Berg has been engaged in education and business issues at national and international levels. She has been recruited to serve on many government initiatives involving business, community, development, growth, revitalization and labor issues. She served on the Board of National Science Foundation-sponsored educational coalitions, as well as other boards and committees. She is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program cycling events and the March of Dimes. Berg is a leader in her church and has served as professional advisor to executives and companies across many industries.
Berg is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Flint and is married to Timothy Jackson.