Joseph Priestley Society Presents “Chemical Risk Policy—2014 and Beyond”

Joseph Priestley Society

Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: $25
RSVP Online: Registration Required

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series explores topics in science, technology, and industry through professional networking receptions and lectures by industry leaders.

In this month’s installment a panel of experts will discuss all aspects of chemical risk policy—in 2014 and beyond. 

The symposium will be moderated by Lawrence D. Sloan, president and CEO of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), with panelists V. M. (Jim) DeLisi, president, Fanwood Chemical, Inc., and Lynn L. Bergeson, founding member and managing partner, Bergeson & Campbell, PC.

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We have been approved to offer 1.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits to any Pennsylvania attorney who attends this event.

  About the Event

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For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert, awards program manager, at 215.873.8263 or

Boyle Society members receive complimentary admission!

Robert Boyle Society members: To register yourself and up to three guests free of charge, please contact Nancy Vonada, manager of events and donor relations, at 215.873.8226 or

  Event Schedule

Thursday, February 13, 2014

10:30 a.m.

Networking reception and brunch buffet

12:00 p.m.


 Speaker Biographies

Lynn L. Bergeson

Owner and managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, Lynn Bergeson counsels clients on issues pertaining to chemical hazard, exposure and risk assessment, and risk communication. She has earned an international reputation in the legal and regulatory aspects of conventional, nanoscale, and biobased chemical regulatory programs under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); and the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and on issues pertinent to nanotechnology and other emerging transformative technologies. She is widely published and lectures frequently on legal, regulatory, and policy issues affecting chemicals under federal, state, and international regulatory programs.

According to Chambers USA, “The universally highly regarded Lynn Bergeson of Bergeson & Campbell has a solid reputation in chemical and pesticide regulatory work, with particular expertise in nanotechnology. Peers predict that she is set to become one of the most important lawyers in America.” Her accolades include Super Lawyers (2009−2013), Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers (2009−2013), and induction into the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2011.

V. M. (Jim) DeLisi

V. M. (Jim) DeLisi has been associated with Fanwood Chemical since joining his father, Vince DeLisi, in the business in 1976. Jim has experience in the marketing of organic chemicals in NAFTA member countries, South America, and Europe. He is a founding equity partner in REACh ChemAdvice (RCA) and serves as the regional head of the firm’s North American operations. RCA, located in Kelkheim, Germany, offers expert REACH services to European as well as non−European Union persons. RCA represents many firms as their “only representative” to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and is administering several REACH consortiums. Fanwood Chemical also has a great deal of expertise in the monitoring of imports and exports.

DeLisi is also very active in several associations. He is the chairman of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health/Science Products and Services. This committee reports to the secretary of commerce and the U.S. trade representative on international trade policy. A longtime member of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), Jim also serves as the chairman of SOCMA’s International Affairs Committee. He has experience testifying before Congress and dealing with congressional and U.S. administration officials on issues affecting the chemical industry. DeLisi holds a B.A. in business from Rutgers University and a PCMBA (pharmaceutical/chemical MBA) from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

Lawrence D. Sloan

Lawrence D. “Larry” Sloan is president and CEO of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), the leading trade association serving small and mid-sized batch, custom, and specialty chemical manufacturers. In this capacity he focuses SOCMA’s efforts on increasing public confidence in this industry sector, championing the passage of rational laws and regulations, and maximizing business opportunities for all SOCMA member companies.

Before joining SOCMA, Sloan served as president of the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) from January 2005 to February 2010. During his tenure he spearheaded many new projects, including the launch of Web-based training and a variety of initiatives designed to help expand the adhesives industry. Notable projects include the development and launch of a new website to educate product designers, engineers, architects, and college engineering students about the benefits and value of using adhesives and sealants in modern design and assembly. Another is the creation of a new adhesive CAD symbol to facilitate the use of adhesives in engineering drawings.

Sloan began his career as a chemical engineer at Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and later worked for Nalco Chemical Company in Naperville, Illinois, in marketing, manufacturing, and sales capacities. Following this, he worked as a manufacturers’ representative in his family’s business. Sloan entered the nonprofit sector in 2000 as director of membership for the Consumer Specialty Products Association, a trade association of companies in the chemically formulated products industry, before moving to the ASC the following year.

Sloan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in chemical engineering. Later he attended the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he received his master’s of management degree and graduated with honors. In 2006 Sloan received his Certified Association Executive designation through the American Society of Association Executives. He currently serves on the board of the Chemical Educational Foundation and is a former board member of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations, where he served as chairman in 2012.

  Event Sponsors

The 2014 JPS lecture-luncheon series is generously supported by The Dow Chemical Company.

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