Women's Executive Forum 2015

Welcome to Association Forum’s 2015 Women’s Executive Forum for association industry executives and rising stars. This year’s program is designed to bring you, the brightest leaders in our industry, together to discuss key issues through compelling stories and powerful experiences.

Welcome & Introductions

Begin your experience with a facilitated, large-group discussion about your goals for the day and why the Women’s Executive Forum is important to attend. Carry the connections you’ll make with other women CEOs and executive directors through the rest of the day and beyond.

Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR, President and CEO, Management Association
Tammy Routh, VP, Sales - Enterprise Accounts, Marriott International
Susanne Tunney, Regional Director of Sales Chicago Midwest Office, Visit Baltimore

Vulnerability: Does It Make Me a Stronger Leader

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny TEDx presentation, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. Does vulnerability have a place in today’s workplace? And if so, does it facilitate or impede success for women who embrace it? Watch Brené’s TEDx talk and then discuss the pros and cons of vulnerability for women executives today.

Sarah Levitt, Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker, Cultivating Possibility
Harriet Bogdanowicz, MBA, CAE, Assistant Executive Director, Communications/Membership American Association of Endodontists

CEO Breakout Session: Managing the Executive Office

It’s been said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. This particularly rings true in the makeup of an exec­utive team. In that vein, how do you manage an inherited executive team and when and how do you make chang­es to some or all of its members? Also, should your leadership style impact the type of organizational structure you employ to accomplish your association’s goals? In this session, you’ll also learn how to read the signs that it’s time to hire a No. 2 and hear from panelists about new critical positions.

Eileen Murray, MM, CAE, Executive Director, American Epilepsy Society
Lynne Thomas Gordon, RHIA, CAE, FACE, FAHIMA, CEO, American Health Information Management Association
Sue Hohenhaus, LPD, RN, CEN, FAEN, Executive Director, Emergency Nurses Association

Exploring the Confidence Gap

Despite our substantial progress over the past half-century, women are still markedly absent from the top ranks of industry. Some would argue different priorities (family, children, etc.) have stalled the rise of women in executive leadership, others, the glass ceiling and policies that favor men’s advancement over women’s. What if the true barrier is none other than our own confidence, or more accurately, lack of it?

During this session explore the confidence gap and debate whether it exists, and if so, how we can close so that women can move confidently into the positions they are prepared for.

Mallory Gott-Ortiz, MA, CAE, Director of Education Development, Association Forum of Chicagoland (Facilitator)
Velma R. Hart, CAE, Chief Financial Officer, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Tom Dolan, PhD, FACHE, FASAE, President Emeritus, American College of Healthcare Executives
Dr. Joan Prince, Ambassador Emeritus and Alternate Representative to the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations; Vice Chancellor – The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Rising Star Breakout Session: Life at the Top

Many of us aspire to lead associations, but how much do we know about what it takes to run the show. During this informal panel, ask top women leaders in the association community the questions you’ve always wanted to. How did you know you were ready? What’s the most difficult part of being a CEO that no one ever told you about? Is the stress worth the money?

Mollie Pillman, MS-HSM, MBA, CSBB, Senior Director, Strategy & Transformation, American Health Information Management Association (Facilitator)
Mary McMahon, BBA, Associate, Tuft & Associates
Elaine Weiss, CEO, American Academy of Dermatology
Cecelia Gore, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation

Supporting Women: Workplace Policies that Help and Hinder

Workplace policies have evolved over time, but there is still more work to be done. Learn to evaluate which of your current policies may be hindering women employees and which policies you can add to further help them. Then apply your newly found knowledge while discussing related case scenarios.

Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR, President and CEO, Management Association
Kelly Hayden, JD, Director of Employment Law Services, General Counsel, Management Association