Julie McGrath

Julie McGrath Assumes Role of Senior Director, Global Events for ISPOR

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Washington D.C. (March 7, 2019) – Following a national search lead by Sterling Martin Associates, ISPOR, the international professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), hires Julie McGrath as their new Senior Director, Global Events.

In the position of Senior Director, Global Events, McGrath heads the development and execution of ISPOR’s scientific meetings both in the U.S. and internationally, including development of long and short-term strategies and execution, business plans, budgets, and staff management.

McGrath’s professional experience includes over 23 years of progressively responsible roles in event management and strategy for both nonprofit healthcare and scientific organizations as well as for-profit corporations.Julie was most recently employed by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), where she worked for one year as the Director, Global Events in Tulsa, OK. At SEG, she had budgetary responsibility for $4M and supervised a staff of seven along with three additional dotted-line reports.

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Julie McGrath

McGrath’s leadership philosophy helps push staff to perform to their level of expertise. She is an empathetic and conscientious leader focused on providing appropriate training to increase employee efficiency and skill level. She strongly believes that once you become a leader, it is your job to help the people under you to become leaders as well.


The Society, with revenue budget of approximately $16 million and a staff of 50, is the leading source for scientific conferences, peer-reviewed publications, good practices guidance, education, collaboration, and tools/resources in the field. ISPOR is dedicated to advancing HEOR excellence to improve decision making for health globally.

ISPOR’s community of more than 20,000 individual and chapter members from 120 countries includes a wide variety of health care stakeholders, including researchers, academicians, regulators and assessors, public and private payers, health care providers, industry, and patient representatives. The Society’s leadership has served as an unbiased resource and catalyst for
innovation in the field for more than 20 years.

About Sterling Martin Associates

Sterling Martin Associates  is a national executive search firm founded in 2006 by CEO and Managing Partner, David Martin. SMA specializes in working with associations and nonprofit organizations on senior-level executive searches. With five office locations in Washington, DC, Chicago, New York and California, SMA offers national reach and scope while providing a superior quality of service in a cost-effective manner. Our partners and consultants bring association, nonprofit and for-profit management experience to each of our client engagements. Our team also serves as volunteers for a wide range of nonprofit governing boards.