Category: Season 1

1.4: Advocating for Yourself and Others with Mitch Dvorak

1.4: Advocating for Yourself and Others with Mitch Dvorak

“If you don’t advocate for yourself, who will? You have to have the confidence to step up and talk about your accomplishments.”

Knowing what you want to do and who can help you get the right position is challenging — but not for Mitch Dvorak. He has reinvented himself multiple times and leveraged meaningful connections along the way. Hear how Mitch has moved from policy work to association management, including leadership roles with a start-up patient safety organization, various medical societies and most recently, an association that spans the globe.

Mitchell L. Dvorak, MS CAE
Executive Director, IAOMS


Mitchell L. Dvorak, MS CAE, joined the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) as Executive Director in April 2016. Previously Dvorak worked with Bostrom Corporation as the executive director of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and National Association of Housing Cooperatives, in addition to providing his industry and leadership expertise to a number of Bostrom’s medical and healthcare association clients.

Dvorak also co-founded and served as the executive director of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety. He has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations in the healthcare and patient safety fields, including, the National Patient Safety Foundation, American Medical Association and the North Dakota Medical Association.

Dvorak studied Political Science/Public Administration as an undergraduate at the University of North Dakota and holds a graduate degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University. In 2005 he was awarded the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Dvorak was selected as a scholar for the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) class of 2010-2012. In August of 2012 Dvorak was named a Young and Aspiring Association Professional by Association TRENDS. Dvorak was elected to the Board of Directors of Association Forum in 2015 and currently serves as Chair.


1.3: Mid-Career Perspectives with Allison Lundberg, Evan Rotert, and Lindsey Josephs

1.3: Mid-Career Perspectives with Allison Lundberg, Evan Rotert, and Lindsey Josephs

Wisdom is not defined by age alone, an adage clearly proven by this uplifting panel of successful professionals who are in their first decade of association work. Hear what Allison Lundberg, Lindsey Josephs, and Evan Rotert experienced as they entered the profession—from discomfort to discovery. These emerging leaders are helping to innovate their associations while also finding unique ways to expand their experiences and hone their skills.

Allison Lundberg
Manager of Marketing and Communications at Association Management Center

“Find people who believe in you and will help guide you.”

Allison Lundberg

Allison Lundberg is the Manager of Marketing and Communications at Association Management Center in Chicago, IL. She is responsible for her client’s social media strategy, email marketing campaigns, video productions, and various other aspects that involve reaching members and customers in new, creative ways. After working for a large company, she found her love for associations in 2012 and has been working in them ever since. Associations have presented her many opportunities to grow her skills, volunteer, participate in leadership positions, and have a voice within her company. Outside of work, Allison’s passions include running, cooking, organizing literally anything, and traveling with her husband.

Evan Rotert
Assistant Director of Communications at the Illinois State Medical Society

“In association management, a person can wear many hats and that’s appealing.”

Evan Rotert

Evan Rotert is assistant director of communications at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS). In this role, he manages the society’s presidential outreach, digital media, and numerous other projects, in addition to lending his editorial expertise to ISMS publications. In previous positions at ISMS, he led the transition of the society’s policy manual to a searchable online database and was deeply involved in the planning and execution of the ISMS Annual Meeting and other events. A Certified Association Executive with a decade of association experience, he strives to be a true “jack of all trades” and practice servant leadership as a way of life. He holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor’s in Biblical Literature from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. A native of Chicago’s western suburbs, Evan and his wife Elizabeth (a speech-language pathologist) look forward to welcoming their first child in the fall of 2019.

Lindsey Josephs
Marketing and Outreach Manager for the Illinois State Medical Society

“No day is ever the same—it’s fun for me to work in that kind of space.”

Lindsey Josephs

Lindsey Josephs is the Marketing and Outreach Manager for the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS). She has been with ISMS for more than 6 years. After starting out as an Outreach Representative, Lindsey began taking on more responsibilities and serves as the staff liaison to the Resident and Fellow Section, the Medical Student Section and one of ISMS’ councils. Additionally, Lindsey now oversees the marketing, branding and recruitment and retention efforts of the organization, in addition to being involved in program development and various other projects.

After graduating from Saint Xavier University with a double major in Management and Marketing, Lindsey began working as a project manager for a small Chicago-based company. While planning her future, Lindsey decided she wanted to work in a mission-driven organization where the work of the organization makes a difference for others. She soon realized her true passion could be found in the non-profit world.

What Lindsey enjoys most about working with ISMS is that no two days are ever the same. Working in this industry allows for continuous learning, which is equally challenging and rewarding.
Understanding the challenges being faced and evolving marketing strategies, Lindsey recently became a Professional Certified Marketer® in Digital Marketing. Lindsey also regularly attends the AAMSE Annual Meeting and is serving as the Chair of the 2019 State Membership Directors Meeting, in addition to being one of the judges for the Profiles of Excellence Awards.

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1.2: Risk Taking with Paul Pomerantz

1.2: Risk Taking with Paul Pomerantz

Not everyone is comfortable taking calculated risks. Paul Pomerantz, however, seeks and sees opportunities in the spaces where others might only see challenges. Check out this episode to energize yourself and help you be more aware of how to navigate challenging situations and engage in volunteer leadership opportunities as you navigate your career in association management.

Paul Pomerantz, FACHE, FASAE
CEO at the American Society of Anesthesiologists®

“Where you see opportunities that others don’t, you could actually leapfrog to a bigger more bold opportunity.”

Paul Pomerantz

Paul Pomerantz is CEO for the American Society of Anesthesiologists®(ASA®). He received a Master of Business Administration specializing in health administration from Temple University, after which he served in executive roles at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel). Pomerantz has held CEO roles at the Drug Information Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Society of Interventional Radiology, and Clinical Laboratory Management Association.

Pomerantz is also active in healthcare and professional leadership. In recent years, he served as chair of the Center for Association Leadership (ASAE Foundation) and treasurer of the National Health Council (NHC). Currently, he serves as Chair of ASAE Business Services, Inc, and the ASA Power of A committee. He also serves as Secretary Treasurer of Association Forum (Chicago) where he also serves as Chair of the Health Care Collaborative. He is frequent speaker and writer on topics of association and healthcare leadership, governance and strategy.

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1.1: Mindful Leadership with Michelle Mason

1.1: Mindful Leadership with Michelle Mason

On this inaugural episode, Michelle Mason discusses what it means to be a “forever learner” and how she went from association temp to CEO—with several important stops along the way. Tune in for sage advice and thought provoking conversation about how our work environments and people can shape and strengthen our own career and leadership pathways.

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO at Association Forum

“The greatest source of data can be gained by listening to others.”

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Michelle joined Association Forum as President and CEO in September 2014. She provides strategic leadership, fiscal responsibility, and successful delivery of member value.

Prior to Association Forum, Michelle served as a managing director at the American Society for Quality (ASQ). In this role, she concentrated on business development, membership, component relations, innovation, advocacy, social responsibility, and process improvement efforts.

Prior to ASQ, Michelle served as vice president of strategic and future focused research programs for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Washington, D.C. She also worked at formerly Chemical Manufacturers Association, now the American Chemistry Council.

Michelle is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), Six Sigma Champion, and a Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA). She is an ASAE Fellow and an Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow. She is a graduate of the SmithBucklin Leadership Institute (2016). Michelle formerly served as an examiner with the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. She has a BA, MBA and MS.

Michelle has strong board experience including, ASAE Board of Directors, ABSI, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin. She was appointed by the Mayor of Milwaukee to serve as vice-chair of the City’s Green Team. Michelle is the founding chair of the ASAE Innovation Grants Program. Michelle was the project lead for the bestselling publication, Seven Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t.

Michelle received the 2012 WSAE Association Leadership Award and was recognized by Associations Now as an “A Lister: Someone Who Makes Associations Work.”

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