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Lab Manager announces winners of 2022 Leadership Excellence Awards
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2022 Leadership Excellence Awards Winners Announced

Lab Manager is proud to reveal the lab leaders who will be honored at the Leadership Summit in Baltimore on May 17

by Lab Manager

Lab Manager’s Leadership Excellence Awards serve to recognize individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership and management skills within their scientific organizations. This prestigious program recognizes and celebrates those who have gone above and beyond to ensure the success of their staff and their organization’s mission. Participants were encouraged to explain why their nominee is passionate about their role and why they excel as a lab manager and leader.

Following the completion of the submission and judging processes, Lab Manager is now proud to announce the winners of its inaugural competition:

Overall Lab Manager Excellence Award: Todd McEvoy, General Manager, Intertek Allentown, Allentown, PA

Excellence in Lab Leadership: Julia Barkans, Head of Laboratory Facilities, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Excellence in Lab Management: Lily Vuong Sanchez, BCES, Supervising Chemist, Orange County Water District, Fountain Valley, CA

Young Lab Manager Excellence Award: Trace Martin, Laboratory Supervisor, City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Special Merit Award: Selina Lerma, Laboratory Supervisor, UW Health, Belvidere, IL 

The Leadership Excellence Awards program was launched by Lab Manager in 2022. The competition invited industry professionals to nominate themselves or their colleagues, to recognize the hard work and dedication to their role as a lab manager. Entrants were asked to demonstrate the success of their staff and organization, and how the nominated lab manager played a starring role in that success. A panel of industry leaders consisting of laboratory managers and leadership personnel analyzed each entry and selected the five that offered the best evidence of an effective lab leader. 

The winners will be honored during the 2022 Leadership Summit in Baltimore, MD, on May 16-18, where they will accept their awards in front of a community of their peers. The Leadership Summit will also offer educational sessions on lab management challenges and solutions, a panel discussion where attendees are invited to ask their pressing questions on leadership, and numerous networking and socialization opportunities. For more information and to register for the Leadership Summit, please visit 

Profiles of each of the Leadership Excellence Awards winners will appear in upcoming issues of Lab Manager and on Congratulations to all of our honorees!