Sherrin Baky-Nessler began visiting The Franklin Institute as a child. One of her favorite memories as a young Girl Scout was walking through the Giant Heart, a rite of passage for Philadelphia-area school children for decades. Years later she was invited to join the Friends Committee of The Franklin Awards Program, after moving to Philadelphia, and has been a supporter of the Institute ever since.
“I enjoy attending the events and activities at the Institute,” Sherrin says, “and supporting future scientists is important to me.” When considering her estate-planning goals, Sherrin decided to make two gifts to the Institute—one through her IRA and one through a trust.
Sherrin’s 30-year career included conducting research projects with pharmaceutical and medical device companies prior to co-founding a successful clinical trials management business. Upon its sale, she worked with the acquiring company in other merger and acquisition activities. She subsequently became the head of an international nonprofit, composed of 15,000 clinical research professionals.
“I enjoyed working in the medical field,” Sherrin says, “monitoring clinical trials to determine if new drugs were safe and effective, presenting data to the FDA for new drug approvals, and writing papers about the studies for scientific publications.”
Sherrin served for 12 years on the Board of Trustees at Gettysburg College and was presented with the college’s Meritorious Service Award. She is currently active on the women’s board of Lankenau Medical Center, is treasurer of the volunteer committees of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and participates in several other philanthropic endeavors.
“My involvement with The Franklin Institute has helped me to stay current with the needs of future scientists,” Sherrin says. Sherrin also recognizes the impact of the Institute through its “vital work to help prepare interested students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math—highlighting the importance of the Institute in this community.” She encourages all friends of the Institute to consider how they can leave their legacies by supporting the future of science education.
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