Have you met Daron Scott?

Meet Daron.

Daron Scott, Senior Contributor - ClinOps ToolkitDaron Scott, Senior Contributor – ClinOps Toolkit

What gets measured gets managed. ~ Peter Drucker

Mr. Consistency

I am lucky to call Daron the original ClinOps Toolkit Volunteer Contributor and also my friend.  Daron is not Mr. Agreeable, or Mr. Social-Hour, or Mr. TellMeAboutYourFeelings, but he is absolutely Mr. Consistency.  His personality, difficult to tap, and in all areas my opposite, makes him perfectly suited for strategic planning.

He is a born leader with laser focus on the future of clinical trials. I’ve know Daron for a couple of years now and I hope to know him through the entire chapter of ClinOps Toolkit. I am grateful for his help and friendship. Daron is the pragmatist of our group. He is determined to see the ClinOps Toolkit succeed in the coming years.


Daron Scott is trustworthy

I can and will help you with this.
He is my closest confidant on all things ClinOps Toolkit, and a huge asset to this project (plus he always watches the assets and makes sure I don’t subscribe to ONE MORE cloud service).

Since 2007, I worked on the Lead CRA project alone. When I started ClinOps Toolkit a few years ago, I was lucky to find Daron right away through his newsletter subscription. He is charming, great at analyzing people and processes (think Frank Underwood from the tv series, House of Cards), and a wonderful advisor.

Daron will take even the smallest, most mundane task and cheerfully say, “I can and will help you with this.”

Daron thinks I am too trusting because I created an account for him in the blogging admin module after our first 1:1. He is not wrong, I am very trusting. I should get more credit though. My judgement and instincts are not wrong, Daron can absolutely be trusted.

Daron has a plan

Daron is a rational and forward-thinking project leader. Make no mistake, he is deliberate and he has a plan. In addition to being both loyal and practical, Daron is strong-willed and decisive (until I ask him how he “feels” about a situation). Daron is at ease with technology but he is not a details guy. He brings this project a good big-picture perspective.

Daron is constantly learning and pushing to improve himself and sharpen his skills. Whether he is working through online programming courses, podcasts, biographies, or scholarly articles, Daron hungrily consumes content (unless I wrote it, then he never looks at it…too long…).

One of my fondest memories with Daron was when he flew out to San Francisco last Fall.  It was a quick trip so we met for dinner then walked around town and explored a used book store; he loves to read.  We talked about so many books and it felt like discovering treasures on every shelf (he bought a bunch of them and probably had to check luggage to get home to New York!)  A brilliant problem-solver, he is always fixated on the end goal. With all the studying and hard work, I am convinced he never sleeps.

Daron is constantly asking our team to strategically think about the future
Daron is constantly asking our team to strategically think about the future

Daron is patient

I’m incessantly tagging, labeling, and organizing our correspondence. I run metrics and reports monthly to show him how many tests, and emails, bits and bytes, and Verizon minutes we need to make the Toolkit machine run.  He says, “interesting” a lot which is way of saying, “Let’s get back to the point”.  I get distracted with the analytics and shiny objects.  Daron reminds me to get stuff done.

One of Daron’s biggest campaigns (and the only impatience I have seen from him) has been an unrelenting need to debunk the Myer’s-Briggs. He insists that personality tests are totally useless.  I ask all my volunteers to share their personality type (I am an ENFP and absolutely fascinated by other people) but Daron maintains that the exercise of going through the personality test was useless.  On this one item, I know exactly how stubborn and tenacious he is. Having a voice of dissent in the group of volunteers is extremely useful to the project.  Even though he is clearly wrong.

Daron cares about ClinOps Toolkit

ClinOps Toolkit keep learning
I’m a curious person, and I want to make sure every person who visits the Toolkit or one of our events feels included and has something valuable and actionable to take away.  Daron takes this one step further and applies himself to systematically researching the needs of our audience.

He cares about the success of everyone involved with the Toolkit and he drives us to create with our audience in mind.  His battle cry on our bimonthly project calls is always consistently, “We must keep learning about our audience” and then he asks, “When is the next newsletter going out?”

Daron doesn’t ask to be visible

Quietly devoted to the success of our ClinOps Toolkit community, Daron is happy to research and plan, slinking patiently in the shadows.  He is extremely confident alone and I admire that (ladies, he is recently married, so don’t go getting any ideas!).

But we need Daron to be visible.  He is so gifted and inspiring, I need him out in front, representing the ClinOps Toolkit.  Every day in April Daron produced a video blog and shared it with our Collective group of volunteers and advisors.  He gave us a video tour of his Brownstone home, explained how to choose a dashcam, guided us through sleuthing out unadvertised job posting, interviewed a mob boss, and explained how to negotiate a raise (Sorry Daron, this is an unpaid volunteer position so drop it already!).

I’ve cajoled him into the video project and he spends a lot of time producing our “Good Clinical Professionals” interview videos and the rest of that time stuck editing in solitude (sometimes I help, but not enough!).  Finally, the series is launched and I am excited to see where it goes. You can follow along, too. Look for lots more projects from Daron in 2015.

Please subscribe on YouTube to see what Daron is working on next for ClinOps Toolkit.

Daron is a Good Clinical Professional

He’s a man of few words (maybe because I am always talking…).  When he does get a word in edge-wise, it is always profound, and definitely consistent over the years.

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Daron is Humble

If Daron reads this post, he will ask me to take it down. I owe a lot to Daron for his loyalty to this project. He has made me a better wife to my own husband and a better leader for this community by encouraging me to take time off, ask for help, and not try to be everything to everyone. Daron reminds me to do less and do it more effectively. Simplify.

I know he will argue with me, but Daron, I have gotten more out of this friendship and collaboration than you have. We rely on the support of our volunteers at ClinOps Toolkit. You have set the standard very high.  Thank you for everything. -Nadia

If you want to get in touch with Daron, look for@Scott_Daron on twitter or drop him an email at [email protected].

If you are interested in volunteering at ClinOps Toolkit, we are accepting applications now for the summer program. Just email [email protected] with 300 words or less on 1) how you found the site and 2) why and how you want to get involved. There is room at ClinOps Toolkit for everyone.

About The Author


Nadia Bracken, lead contributor to the Lead CRA blog and the ClinOps Toolkit blog, is a Clinical Program Manager in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • Ashley Strain

    June 4, 2015

    It’s certainly nice to hear more about the team!

    PS: nice canva work 😉

  • I love that Daron works hard to learn about the ClinOpsTK audience. Ironically, one thing that this audience member wants is to know more about your leadership team! So, great post.
    – Laurie
    Proud INTJ
    PS Daron, you’re clearly wrong… 😉

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