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23. Take Action: Building Buy-in

23. Take Action: Building Buy-in

This season we’re adding mini episodes that help you Take Action on the insights from guests, and some of the most crucial aspects of developing your network, building skills, and leading in your career. Each Take Action episode will be focused on a tool that makes action easier and drives towards positive results that you can download on the Conversations by Association website.

“The more you take that time, energy, and thoughtfulness to be able to invite people to have their input and share their knowledge, you’re actually creating opportunities for them to grow.”

One of the most powerful tools in creating sustainability is to develop buy-in with teammates, peers, and members. It’s easy to over complicate the process or buy-in or forget to initiate it all together, so in this episode Christina breaks it down into simple actions focused on inviting others in. You’ll hear Christina share how powerful questions are as a form of building buy-in as it invites others to share their knowledge and feel part of the final results. Check out our Questions that Build Buy-in Guide! It’s a great tool to print and post near your computer to keep buy-in top of mind!

Other Resources

Questions to Build Buy In

22. Creating a Caring Community with Carol Pape

22. Creating a Caring Community with Carol Pape

What started as a volunteer role turned into a unexpected job opportunity for Carol Pape. Whether she is at an association meeting or a school event, Carol always pitches in – it’s part of who she is. Carol values inclusion and has spent much of her career creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for members, guests and colleagues. She’s learned the importance of leveraging unexpected opportunities, encouraging diverse opinions, and ensuring others are respected and supported. Through big and small acts, we all thrive when our peers show up for one other. Hear Carol’s insights how servant leadership and humility created new opportunities for growth and professional advancement. She also reminds us that we are stronger when we are engaged, supportive and connected.

Carol Pape, CAE
Chief Operating Officer, Association of Professional Chaplains 

“I make an effort to look around the room and find those people who are by themselves so I can introduce myself and help them connect with other people”

Carol Pape is the chief operating officer at the Association of Professional Chaplains, where she has served for the past 12 years. Previously, she was the vice president of programs for the Northwest Suburban Association of Commerce and Industry and president of the Palatine Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, she earned her Certified Association Executive credential in 2013.

Carol was the recipient of the 2016-2017 John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award given by Association Forum. Carol joined the board of directors of Association Forum in 2017 and previously served the organization on the Certified Association Executive (CAE) working group and as chair of the awards and recognition committee. She continues to serve as a facilitator for the CAE study groups each fall and spring.

A lifelong volunteer, Carol has served in many capacities at her church, in the parent–teacher associations at her childrens’ schools, and on the boards for a local women’s counseling center and school education foundations.

She received her Bachelor of Science in community health education from Indiana University.

Other Resources

What are the most useful resources you’ve found to help your professional development (i.e. books, courses, trainings, assessments, magazines, thought leaders, etc.)? I love the American Society of Association Executives’ professional practices and law books. They are great references. But I get my best ideas from talking with and networking with other association executives. There is nothing like shared experience to spark ideas and solve problems!

What is your favorite aspect of the association management field? No two days are alike. I love working with members and volunteers to make a difference.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Self-care is important. Sick days also can be used for mental health days. And this advice was given to me before we all had cell phones and were constantly tied to work! I can do better work and contribute more to the organization if I have taken care of myself.

21. Navigating New Roles in Associations with Cory Hall, Laura Harris, and Chris Ocampo

21. Navigating New Roles in Associations with Cory Hall, Laura Harris, and Chris Ocampo

In this episode Cory, Laura, and Chris share their different paths to associations at different stages in their careers, reminding us the value of being open to new challenges and seeing new paths forward. From experiences in shifting industries to working with a recruiter, it’s important to be open to the opportunities even when they look like changes that might not be what we expected. A great reminder when our whole world is in times of change and asking us to switch gears and be open to growth opportunities.

Cory Hall
Marketing Specialist, Chicago Association of Realtors

“Remain conscientious of the advice that you give, we really take it to heart.”

Cory Hall is a marketing specialist at the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR), which serves more than 15,000 Chicagoland real estate professionals. She markets the association real estate school, manages CAR’s marketing presence at events, and serves as the staff liaison for the association’s Young Professionals Network. She graduated from DePauw University in 2016 with a degree in English writing.

Other Resources

What are the most useful resources you’ve found to help your professional development (i.e. books, courses, trainings, assessments, magazines, thought leaders, etc.)? Association Forum training, 5 Love Languages Quiz, Creative Mornings newsletter, HubSpot newsletter and blog

What is your favorite aspect of the association management field? I love how the projects I work on and the events and committees I contribute to are limitless in the way I can add value to association members’ professions. What we do on a basic level is essential, but we’re also enhancing membership and constantly seeking ways to add value to people’s livelihoods. When we get it right—and we hope we do all the time!—it’s so rewarding to see how happily and passionately people respond. I love being “behind the scenes” and using my skills to uplift other people’s careers and goals. Association management offers a unique chance to add this level of meaning to an organization.

The best advice you’ve ever received? You’ll never regret being kind. Explanation: It reads sort of morbidly, but this has really resonated with me this year. The relationships we form and the way we treat people and make them feel is essential to our success as well as theirs. No matter how frustrating a fellow staff person or member may be, kindness is the one thing I don’t ever want to let fall to the wayside.

Laura Harris
Meeting Administrator, Association Management Center

“There are going to be times you need help from friends or coworkers and sometimes you’re going to mess up and its not going to go the way you thought.”

Laura Harris has been with Association Management Center (AMC) for 5 months. She was hired as a meetings administrator shortly after graduating from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. In the spring of her senior year, Laura attended a Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) student event where she first learned about the association industry and what key roles meeting planners have in it. During her time at AMC, Laura has been actively participating in the events committee, young professionals SIG, administrator/coordinator SIG, and the coffee and productivity SIG. Laura has become a member of Association for Women in Events (AWE) and just recently joined their membership committee. She’s gotten involved in PCMA Education Days and hopes to join as a member in the next year. In her free time Laura enjoys volunteer activities around the Chicagoland area as well as researching her next travel destination!

Other Resources

What are the most useful resources you’ve found to help your professional development (i.e. books, courses, trainings, assessments, magazines, thought leaders, etc.)? One resource that I find myself constantly utilizing is LinkedIn. For me, LinkedIn is a way to see provocative articles that people in my network are sharing, new books to start reading, several different types of advice outlets, and much more. LinkedIn helps me expand my personal and professional development. Webinars are another resource that my team and I take advantage of because of the multitude of subjects that we can always learn more about.

What is your favorite aspect of the association management field? My favorite part is working with teams who truly want their attendees to have the best experience at every meeting/conference we help plan. They are passionate about their attendees and the work their attendees do. I like that all customer teams work well with the service teams to put on a successful conference. I also enjoy all the information I get to learn about each association.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Some of the best advice I’ve received since starting at AMC has been that “everything does not fall on your shoulders.” This is advice for in and out of the workplace and can be connected to so many other pieces of advice we’ve all gotten over the years. We all have different responsibilities, but when it comes to asking for help on certain projects or asking questions, it’s okay to utilize your resources, such as your coworkers and friends. It’s better to ask for help than to stress over all the things you need to tackle. It also helps keep a positive mindset.

Chris Ocampo
Marketing Manager, Awards and Personalization Association

“I think for me, it was that time in my career where I wanted to explore something new and get out of my comfort zone a little bit and challenge myself.

Chris Ocampo is the marketing manager for the Awards and Personalization Association and the Council of Engineering for Scientific Society Executives (CESSE). He may be new to the association game, but Chris is a veteran at leading organizations through marketing strategies, communication, and ad campaign development. He worked in a variety of higher education roles at small and large universities prior to his work at Association Management Center. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn and you’ll quickly discover that, “Somehow, Chris Ocampo has transformed into quite possibly the greatest marketing strategist ever.”

Other Resources

What are the most useful resources you’ve found to help your professional development (i.e. books, courses, trainings, assessments, magazines, thought leaders, etc.)? Udemy courses, Branding: In Five and a Half Steps, professional mentors that I connected with through work, and Fast Company magazine

What is your favorite aspect of the association management field? I’m new to the industry, but so far, I’ve enjoyed learning about who our members are and how our associations truly help them in their personal and professional growth. I’m looking forward to attending our conferences where I can meet members and volunteers face-to-face, hear their stories, and share them with others.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Don’t have regrets. You made the best decision with the information you had at the time.

20. Staying Relevant with Mary Byers

20. Staying Relevant with Mary Byers

In this episode, Mary Byers teaches us all to look for creative ways to sharpen our skills and learn in new ways. From stepping outside the association industry for new learnings and ideas, to trying a new hobby like improv to help think creatively. Mary demonstrates the value of being proactive in your career, your learning, and searching out new ideas for your association. Listen and learn how to keep relevant throughout your career!

Mary Byers, CAE
Founder of Associations Today; Consultant

“What I know is that when you invest in yourself, you become more valuable to your association. And when you invest in your own education, that is something that can’t be taken away from you”

Mary Byers is co-author of Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations and Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations. She is the former director of communications and member services for the Illinois State Dental Society and served in that capacity for 9 years prior to starting her consulting business in 1998. Since then, she’s worked primarily with not-for-profit organizations, including the Million Dollar Round Table, American and Illinois Farm Bureaus, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Association of Medical Society Executives.

Mary specializes in working with volunteer association leaders and chief staff executives to help define their roles and clarify their vision through leadership conference programming, facilitating strategic planning retreats, and coaching. She’s a skilled listener and able to help initiate and manage difficult conversations.

Mary is a Certified Association Executive and a member of the National Speakers Association. She also is the author of seven books.

Other Resources

Mary’s Personal Learning Road Map

What are the most useful resources you’ve found to help your professional development (i.e. books, courses, trainings, assessments, magazines, thought leaders, etc.)? Seth Godin is a fabulous thought leader who walks his talk. And there are two books I come back to repeatedly: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Crucial Conversations.

What is your favorite aspect of the association management field? If you let it, it can be different every day. New challenges, new projects, new thinking, new required habits. And that last one is difficult!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Fake it ‘til you make it. Second best advice: be resourceful and invest in your own personal development so you don’t have to fake it!

19. Blending work, volunteering and friendship with Dr. Martha Twaddle and Emily Muse

19. Blending work, volunteering and friendship with Dr. Martha Twaddle and Emily Muse

Relationships matter, in personal and professional life. Sometimes they even overlap. Dr. Martha Twaddle and Emily Muse first became coworkers and later their relationship shifted and grew as they assumed the roles of association volunteer leader and staff member.

Association volunteers and staff often comment that they feel they get more out of their experiences than they put into them. Friendships and deep connections often blossom, although that is rarely mentioned in the association literature. This dynamic duo discusses the value of collaborating with someone who shares your vision, passion and is always rooting for each other’s success.

Martha and Emily remind listeners that it is the people and partnerships that often endure well beyond a project or appointed position.

Medical Director, Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care at Northwestern Medicine

“You realize that your volunteer contribution is going to be bigger than you are, it’s going to take root, it’s going to find energy and collaboration, and it’s going to move forward. So you come back to do more.”

Dr. Martha Twaddle combines nearly 30 years of experience in the care of seriously ill people and their families in a variety of areas of service. She currently serves as the Waud family medical director for palliative medicine & supportive care at Northwestern Medicine. Her academic work includes developing curriculum, guidelines, and models of care for healthcare professionals to provide care for the seriously ill in all settings. She works with others at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine exploring how technology and prescriptive nature can improve health outcomes as well as collaborating nationally in the development of patient- and family-centered quality metrics. On behalf of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Martha served as the co-chair for the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, which completed the 4th edition of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care (NCP Guidelines) in late October 2018.

Martha’s unique talents and contributions to the field of palliative medicine have helped increase the understanding of and access to this continuum of care, regionally and nationally. In 2013, she was named by her peers as one of AAHPM’s 30 most influential visionaries in hospice and palliative medicine. She served as president of AAHPM from 2002-2003 and on the AAHPM Board of Directors from 1997-2004. She represented AAHPM in the creation of the initial NCP Guidelines published in 2004. She was honored with the inaugural AAHPM Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award in 2005. She was recognized in 2016 as a Distinguished Alumni of Purdue’s College of Science and “an exemplary educator and pioneering contributor to end-of-life care” as the recipient of the Compassion in Action Award by Hospice of the Valley and Santa Clara University in 2015. She was the recipient of the AAHPM Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2019.

After graduating summa cum laude from Purdue University, Martha received her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed her residency in internal medicine through Northwestern University McGaw School of Medicine, where she was chief resident. She currently serves as a clinical professor of medicine for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Other Resources

What are the most useful resources you’ve found to help your professional development (i.e. books, courses, trainings, assessments, magazines, thought leaders, etc.)?
Most important—mentoring and amazing mentors. Also, the Levinson Institute Leadership course and Franklin Covey.

What is your favorite aspect of the association management field?
The efficiencies and the co-creative “can do” aspects

The best advice you’ve ever received?
Identify an aspect of what you do that you particularly love and grow that as your niche.

Emily Muse, CAE
Director, Membership and Community Engagement, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

“I’m really grateful for the support and the involvement within the larger association community as well. I think that being involved as a volunteer myself provides me an opportunity to better understand the frustrations and joys that can come from our volunteers, to try to have that kind of empathy.”

Emily Muse joined the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) team in 2010 after working as a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship coordinator and curriculum specialist for Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center. In her current role she serves as the staff liaison to more than 45 Academy member communities. These include the Hospice Medicine Council, Academic Palliative Medicine Council, 36 special interest groups, and 7 forums. Working with the AAHPM Communities Committee, she strives to enhance member experience through meaningful engagement opportunities. She managed the application process for the Fellow of AAHPM distinction and was instrumental in the launch and success of the Academy’s online communication platform, Connect. As a previous elementary school teacher, she is able to integrate instructional techniques and motivational skills when working with members. Emily believes that helping members understand their association’s values, mission, and strategic goals encourages their active participation in programs and initiatives. An engaged member is not just one guaranteed renewal but a brand champion who will inspire and energize others!

18. Prehensile Tails to Problem Solving with Dave Bergeson

18. Prehensile Tails to Problem Solving with Dave Bergeson

Thoughtful, patient, and kind, Dave Bergeson reminds all of us how to find the strengths in our peers, figuring out each step, and be open to a new path from time to time. He takes lessons he learned doing anthropology field work in the jungles of Panama, Peru, and Costa Rica into insightful lessons on how to build relationships. Examining his approach to establishing trust and relationships in our industry, and in other facets of our lives.

Dave Bergeson, PhD CAE
Executive Director, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses

“Try to give people what they need, whether it’s kindness or patience. Everyone has something to contribute in some way. So looking for strengths is really important, and putting people in a position to use those strengths in a good way, I think that’s an important skill that can reap many benefits down the road.”

As vice president of client relations, Dave Bergeson provides strategic oversight and management of the Association Management Center’s (AMC) corporate relationship with their clients. AMC specializes in providing services to professional healthcare societies and trade organizations. After almost 20 years as an executive director, 10 with the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON), he certainly has the necessary experience to ensure that the client’s voice is heard and needs are met (and typically exceeded). Through getting to know volunteer leaders, increasing shared knowledge and best practices among clients, and facilitating collaboration, Dave works on behalf of AMC and with client executive directors to deserve, earn, and grow trust. As he puts it, “the key to success in association management—strong relationships—also is one of the benefits of success.”

Dave’s passion at AMC are the people he works with—volunteer leaders and AMC staff. He strongly believes in the unique strength that AMC’s culture brings to help managing and leading associations: “Howard Schultz from Starbucks said it well: ‘When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.’ I’ve seen ‘anything’ many times here at AMC.” Dave is known for being a servant leader through his open-door policy, mentorship, and calm, confident, and clear communication with clients and staff.

Although he trained as a biological anthropologist, Dave rarely walks in jungles or observes monkeys anymore. Instead, Dave enjoys fishing, bird watching, and drinking wine—on really good days, all at the same time.

17. Sleep Better, Feel Better with Marty Martin

17. Sleep Better, Feel Better with Marty Martin

Are you a morning lark or a night owl? Or just regularly sleep deprived and looking to sleep better these days? Dr. Marty Martin guides us through habits that help us feel more refreshed and set ourselves up for more success in our days by planning around our natural flows and peak productive times. 

William “Marty” Martin, PsyD MPH MS MA CHES
Professor, DePaul University; Sleep Coach

“Everyone is talking about streamlining and efficiencies and get more for less. But if you’re sleep deprived, you’re inefficient, and if you’re inefficient you’re not doing yourself any good or anybody else!”

Dr. William “Marty” Martin is a trained, licensed clinical psychologist and a productivity/performance consultant who works with individuals, teams, and organization to sync their work with their chronotype. Marty coaches employees and entrepreneurs—from senior leaders to front line workers—to identify when to align their duties and responsibilities for when they are at their “biological best.”

He offers his clients a unique perspective, not only because of his training in psychology and behavioral sleep medicine, but also his executive level experience as a human resources management professional and visiting scholar at The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).

Marty believes in bringing cutting-edge evidence to his coaching, consulting, and training work. In fact, he has authored two books and more than 100 refereed journals. His work has been featured in the USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. While not working and enjoying time with his family, Marty loves to roller skate, practice Tai Chi Chuan and engaging in mindfulness meditation.

You can connect with Dr. Marty Martin at

16. Community and Taking Care of Yourself to Show Up at Your Best with Donté Shannon and Irving Washington

16. Community and Taking Care of Yourself to Show Up at Your Best with Donté Shannon and Irving Washington

Donté Shannon and Irving Washington share their insights and supportive friendship, demonstrating the value of building your support network, taking care of yourself and your relationships, and looking to the future.

Donté Shannon, CAE
Chief Executive Officer, Association of Equipment Management; Account Executive, AMPED Association Management

“It really helped me to reframe that lens, that taking care of myself, I really am taking care of the organization.”

Donté Shannon is chief executive officer (CEO) of the Association for Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) and also serves as an account executive at AMPED Association Management. Prior to this, Donté was the executive director/CEO of the Specialty Advertising Association of California, a state-based trade association representing a $3 billion industry and 5,600 companies. His experience and leadership are diverse; having worked with stand-alone, large, small, state, and national associations as well as association management companies. His transition to AEMP allowed him to maximize his skills in organizational oversight, operational efficiency, strategy management, staff development, governance, and industry advocacy.

Donté also is a devoted professional and recognized influencer in the association community. He is frequently an invited speaker at conferences and currently serves as the 2019-2020 chair of the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission, the governing body of the CAE credential. His career highlights include being selected as a 2015 Forty Under 40® honoree by Association Forum of Chicagoland and a 2011-2013 Diversity Education Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Other Resources
What are the most useful resources you’ve found to help your professional development (i.e. books, courses, trainings, assessments, magazines, thought leaders, etc.)?
Any of the study books for the CAE exam. I had a better understanding of the executive perspective of association management after reading Best Practices in Association Management and the Association Law Handbook.

What is your favorite aspect of the association management field?
The impact associations have on industries, professions, and communities each day

The best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep constant watch of your personal brand and reputation. They take years to build and only seconds to ruin.

Irving Washington, FASAE CAE
Executive Director, Online News Association

“I prioritize experiences and relationships, and they now have regular appointments on my calendar”

Irving Washington is executive director for the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists. As a media diversity advocate, Irving has managed programming and fundraising initiatives for journalists, media professionals, and students worldwide. Before joining ONA, Irving worked for the National Association of Black Journalists and the Radio-Television Digital News Association. In 2014, he earned the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He also is a member of ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), is a Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Fellow, and serves on the Journalism Alumni Society Board of Directors of his alma mater, Ball State University, from which he received a degree in journalism.

15. Adapting to Our Changing World with Amelia Franck Meyer

15. Adapting to Our Changing World with Amelia Franck Meyer

In this special episode of Conversations by Association, Season 2 opens with the return of popular Season 1 guest, Amelia Franck Meyer, who guides us through how the recent pandemic has dramatically changed how we live and work. Everyone’s priorities have changed and humans around the world are able to connect with colleagues, families, and friends in new ways to create a sense of safety and belonging. Amelia describes practical and creative ways to navigate difficult days with loved ones and colleagues. Learn how to anticipate and address the resulting effects of trauma – today and in the future.

This episode reaches far beyond the association and non-profit world. It is a must listen for anyone navigating how to identify and leverage opportunities for change, reflection, and support in a time of uncertainty.

Amelia Franck Meyer, EdD LISW, CEO of Alia

“How do we wire ourselves for connection? As a team, as a village, make sure we’re there for each other.” 

Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer is a social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Alia: innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma. Because we now know that the foundation of wellbeing is an uninterrupted sense of belonging, Alia is working with child welfare leaders and their teams to build new ways of work that keep children safely with their families, not from their families.

Amelia and her team specialize in workforce wellbeing, leadership development and coaching, and systems change work geared toward obsoleting the need for foster care; all with an anti-racism lens.  Alia is building a “Proof of Concept” that public child welfare agencies can become primary prevention agencies that support families to be safe, instead of waiting until abuse or neglect has already occurred to respond.

Amelia has had a highly accolated 30-year career and was recently was featured as one of People Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” in 2018, but she knows this work is not done in isolation; rather, she believes that it takes every single one of use working together to create a world in which all children and their caregivers can thrive.

For more information on Amelia’s work check out her TedTalk or learn more at

14. Decisions and Transitions with Mark Engle

14. Decisions and Transitions with Mark Engle

Most people’s passion for association work doesn’t start in childhood—but that’s not the case for Mark Engle. His parents—Art and Dagny—started Association Management Center (AMC) nearly 50 years ago. Family vacations were replaced with association conferences where the entire family—including brothers Scott and Jeff—were expected to lend a helping hand. Later in life, Mark worked in government relations in DC before returning to AMC to serve as an executive director, consultant and principal. Today Mark engages association leaders in critical conversations related to board development, strategic thinking, decision making, and change initiatives. The evolution and process of moving from reactive to proactive is at the root of Mark’s experiences and wisdom. Mark’s insights about successful leadership, humility, and authenticity help listeners assess what really matters most when it comes to life and work. This inspirational conversation is a great listen and the perfect way to close out season one of “Conversations by Association.”

Mark T. Engle, DM, FASAE, CAE
Association Management Center, Principal

“There is nothing more rewarding than spending time with the people emerging in their careers.”


Mark is a principal with Association Management Center in Chicago, IL; headquarters to 28 associations with a staff of over 220 talented professionals. Engle received his Doctor of Management degree in 2011 from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) with his study in nonprofit governance. Mark is continually striving to develop and share new research that leads to advancing the association management profession. He is a frequent author and speaker on governance and high performing organizations and is a faculty member of ASAE’s Exceptional Boards program. Engle serves on five Boards of Directors. In 2017 he was inducted into the Metal Construction Hall of Fame for his past service as chief staff executive of the Metal Construction Association. He was honored with the Samuel Shapiro Award – Outstanding CEO – Association Forum of Chicagoland and was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Leadership (Case Western Reserve University) and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Engle formerly served as a chief staff executive for trade associations and professional societies for 29 years. He has participated in over 300 Board meetings during his career.