, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 7-12
Date: 20 Jan 2012

National Society of Genetic Counselors Natalie Weissburger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award Address: The Power of Connecting

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I am truly honored to receive the Natalie Weissburger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). The NSGC has played such an important role in my professional life and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to play an active role in this organization. I want to thank the Awards Committee, Samantha Baxter, MS, CGC for her introduction and congratulate the other award recipients who no doubt will be standing up here one day given all of their impressive contributions and achievements.

Receiving this award in California is particularly meaningful. I attended my first NSGC conference in San Diego in 1987 and my whole class was here – all two of us. It was in 1996 in San Francisco, that I received NSGC’s Regional Leadership Award. I was not notified about the award in advance as was the custom in those days. It was the end of the meeting and I went to the awards presentations just prior to meeting my cousins who were taking me to the beach a ...