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:

  • Encourages the development of a Welcoming Environment® within every aspect of Association Forum.
  • 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.
  • Engages in new member onboarding calls
  • Promotes diversity initiatives in associations using #assnWE on social media.

These Opportunities Are Recommended for Members Who:

  • Are passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.
  • Actively participate in Association Forum events.

Time Commitment:

  • Bimonthly or Quarterly committee meetings.
  • Participation in conference calls and sub-committee meetings as necessary.
  • Act as a Welcome Ambassadors at programs and events when available. 


    Welcoming Environment® Chair:
    Mr. Bob Moore, CAE

    Welcoming Environment® Co-Chair:
    Ms. Celeste R. Smith, CAE

    Welcoming Environment® Committee Members
    Jamie Heidorn, CTA
    Ashley Gill, CFRE
    Ms. Janet E. Powers, CAE
    Jessica Brown
    Ms. Colette Huzinec
    Carrie O'Connor
    Ms. Celeste R. Smith, CAE
    Ms. Kate Dockins, CAE
    Norma Castrejon, MA
    Ms. Lannisa James, MBA
    Scott Brody
    Jennifer Bose, MNA CAE
    Krzysztof Litewka
    Ms. Marilyn K. Render 

    Board Liaison
    Ms. Kimberly Mosley, CAE, CPE

    Staff Contacts
    Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE


    Melissa Walling, CAE, IOM

    Moe Malek