Welcoming Environment™ Committee

Welcoming Environment™ Committee

The Welcoming Environment™ Committee plays an integral role in promoting diversity and inclusion by ensuring that Association Forum makes everyone who interacts with Association Forum feel welcomed and valued.   A Welcoming Environment™ is defined as the creation of a sense of belonging and connectedness that engages individuals in an authentic manner in which uniqueness is valued, respected and supported through opportunities and interaction.

 

The Committee:

  • Ensures that the Welcoming Environment™ concept is woven through every aspect of Association Forum’s approach to: organizational development, education, volunteer leadership, communication, and marketing.
  • Monitors metrics to gauge the efficacy of Welcoming Environment™ efforts.
  • Scans the association community to contribute to the development of the online Welcoming Environment Resource Kit.
  • Actively promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.

 The Committee Is Recommended for Members Who:

  • A current Association Forum member in good standing.
  • Actively participate in Association Forum events.
  • Are passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.

 Time Commitment:

  • Bimonthly committee meetings.
  • Participation in conference calls and sub-committee meetings as necessary.
  • Act as Welcome Environment™ Ambassadors at programs and events when available.  
Chair
Pierre Desy, MPH, CAE
pdesy@iaoms.org

Co-Chair
Lorelle R. Swader, CAE, MLS, MA
lswader@ala.org

Members

Derrick L Mitchell

Joseph M. Jackson, CAE

Kara Adams, CAE,M.Ed.

Kemi Ani

Kim FitzSimmons

Marina Castro

Nicole Harris, CAE

Theresa Herrejon

Board Liaison
Andrea Wright, CPA

Staff Contact
Melissa Walling, CAE, IOM
walling@associationforum.org