Women's Executive Forum


Women's Executive Forum 2020

Women's Executive Forum 2020 is Sold Out!
If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email education@associationforum.org.

The Women’s Executive Forum is an opportunity for women leaders in the association and nonprofit communities to establish and nurture connections while engaging in critical conversations about the unique issues faced by women in the industry. By attending, you can explore personal and professional growth ideas in a supportive environment, nurturing and confidential environment. You will engage in conversation on personal branding, leadership voice, unique value and more!

General Information

Credit Hours

4.75 CAE Hours


March 11, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


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172 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603


CEO (Members)- $300
CEO (Non-Members)- $390
Non-CEO (Members)- $199
Non-CEO (Non-Members)- $260

Note: This event is exclusively for women association professionals.

Woman of Influence Award 2020

Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE
President and CEO
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

Association Forum is pleased to announce Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, President and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), as the 2020 recipient of the Woman of Influence Award.

Being named the 2020 Woman of Influence is a reflection her tireless leadership in advancing the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the association community. As a trailblazer, she has demonstrated with excellence a proven track record of innovation, impact and paying it forward through coaching, mentoring and service to others. Deborah’s outstanding accomplishments over her illustrious career are a beacon of success and a standard of excellence that only a few have or can achieve.

The Woman of Influence Award was previously awarded to Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, DMD, executive director of the American Dental Association (ADA) and to Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

2020 Woman of Influence Award Partners

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Program Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Networking and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Ice Breaker and Speed Networking: Getting to Know Each Other

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote – Building the Best You
Cara Brookins
Author of How a House Built a Family

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Conversation Circles

  • CEOnly Conversation Circle - Vulnerability in the Workplace, facilitated by Gail Golden, Gail Golden Consulting and author of “Curating Your Life: Ending the Struggle for Work Life Balance”
  • Executive Leader Conversation Circle – Owning Your Brand, facilitated by Loretta Deluca, FASAE, Founder and Co-Owner, Delcor, and Amy Thomasson, Director, Marketing, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Aspiring Leader Conversation Circle – Finding Your Leadership Voice, facilitated by Donna Brighton, Chief Ideas Officer, Brighton Leadership Group and author, “Your Leadership Voice”

11:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Woman of Influence Award Presentation: Leveraging Collective Power for the Greater Good

Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE
President and CEO
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Crushing the Glass Ceiling

Alpana Singh
American Master Sommelier and Restaurateur
Chicago television personality on Check Please (WTTW Channel 11)

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
The Generational Debate – A Multi-Generational Conversation on Women and Work

Moderated by Christie Tarantino-Dean, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of Institute of Food Technologists

  • Elaine Weiss, JD, Executive Director, Society for Thoracic Surgeons
  • Minal Patel, Senior Vice President/Market Executive-Chicago West and Non Profit, Bank of America
  • Michelle Mills Clement, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Association of Realtors
  • Megan Besler, Student, University of Missouri (expected graduation May 2020)

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Refresh, Stretch and Network

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Closing Keynote Speaker and moderated discussion: Mindfulness, Trust and Transparency

Dorri C. McWhorter, CPA
Chief Executive Officer
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Key Takeaways and Application

4:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

“Don’t forget to visit our Wellness “Pop Up” curated by Kristen Johnson Brogan, Chief Mindful Living Officer, On Target Living

Join Kristen Brogan, Chief Mindful Living Officer at On Target Living as she shares simple mindfulness practices for managing stress and helping you recover from today’s fast-paced world. Her rejuvenating wellness station will include a variety of microbreaks you can incorporate into your day to enhance energy and improve productivity such as meditation, aromatherapy, soft music, candle gazing, foam rolling, stretching, strength training, and making your own calming magnesium rich trail mix.

You can learn more about Kristen at www.ontargetliving.com or on Instagram @KristenJohnsonBrogan