Opening General Session/General Membership Meeting

This popular feature provides an opportunity for all meeting attendees to meet and mingle before the education and business sessions begin. Six professional and technical categories are also recognized each year at the AALAS National Meeting for excellence in the field of laboratory animal science. For more information on these awards, click here. The combined Opening General Session and General Membership Meeting takes place on Sunday, October 25 from 5-6:30 PM EST.

In addition, your association leaders will report on the many achievements of the past year, as well as plans for the future.

The meeting will close with the Gavel Ceremony, in which 2020 AALAS President Tracy Parker will hand the position over to 2021 AALAS President, Douglas Taylor.

Keynote Speaker

The 2020 Keynote Speaker is Brant Menswar. Brant is the former front man for the critically acclaimed blues and soul band Big Kettle Drum. In addition to being an award-winning musician, he’s also the author of Rock ’N’ Roll With It: Overcoming the Challenge of Change. Brant’s known for helping audiences find inspiration and growth through the lens of rock-and-roll – and modeling the dedication that music fans feel for their favorite artists. Brant’s helped inspire change and influence the collaborative culture of companies like NASA, St. Jude, Netflix, Verizon, Sony Pictures, Hard Rock and dozens of others. His fundraising concerts have raised over a million dollars for non-profit organizations.

Order Brant's Book!

Acclaimed author and Top 10 Motivational Speaker Brant Menswar is about to release his new book, "Black Sheep: Unleash The Extraordinary, Awe-Inspiring, Undiscovered You" on  September 29, 2020. Learn more about the book here and then place your order