Emerging Leaders Program


Emerging Leaders Program

The purpose of the Emerging Leaders program is to provide Association Forum with a program that concentrates its focus on advancing association professionals under the age of 35 within their careers.

The program highlights influential and powerful techniques that teach young professionals how to take the next steps to success using conventional and non-conventional methods, creating a quality, exclusive cohort learning together over the course of six months.

Kicking off at Forum Forward, the Emerging Leaders will get to know each other and be recognized for the upcoming program. They will read a book on leadership throughout the six-month program concluding with a book report presentation to an executive panel. Each Emerging Leader will have access to an association executive mentor. 

By attending, you can expect to:
  • Strengthen your communication and leadership skills
  • Learn from industry executives and receive one-on-one mentoring
  • Develop professional relationships with peer leaders
  • Attend two Association Forum Signature Events: Forum Forward and Holiday Showcase

Program fee: $1250

Forum Forward and Holiday Showcase registration fees are included in the program fee.

Registration for the 2020 program will open soon!

Session Descriptions

Forum Forward

 Jacqualine Price Osafo, MBA, CAE
 Vice President of Membership
 American Health Information Management Association

The Emerging Leaders Program kicks off at Forum Forward 8:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., with an exclusive keynote by Jacqualine Price Osafo, the Vice President of Membership at the American Health Information Management Association.

Personal Finance for the Future Executive

Jeff Dvorak, CFP®, CPWA®
Financial Advisor
4D Financial Advisors, LLC

Plan for your future as an executive with Jeff Dvorack in this interactive financial literacy course created just for you.

A Day in the Life of a CEO

 Matt Sanderson
 President & CEO

Emerging Leaders will have the extraordinary opportunity to learn from the Chief Executive Officer of one of the most successful Association Management Companies in the country and be given the opportunity to meet and have a Q&A session with Matt Sanderson, President & CEO of  SmithBucklin.

Managing Change and Conflict

Donna Brighton
 Chief Ideas Officer
 Brighton Leadership Group

Lead by Donna Brighton, a world class expert in leadership, culture and change, this session will focus on managing conflict and becoming an influencer to bring about necessary change within your association.

Book Report Presentation

Students will be given a 6-8-minute time slot to present to an executive panel on their book report. Students are encouraged to present their key takeaways from a leadership book, and how they can apply this knowledge to their professional development and future successes.

Executive Panel:
Paul Pomerantz, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Anesthesiologists
Vickie Loise, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening
Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, President and CEO, Association Forum

Executive Presence and Personal Branding


Gregory J Fine, FASAE, CAE
CCIM Institute


Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC
Founder, President & CEO
The Leaders’ Haven

Setting Your Career Goals And closing Reception


 Michelle Mills Clement, FASAE, CAE
 Chicago Association of REALTORS


 Nicole Dawson 
 Human Capital Consultant 

A new program, this session will allow the Emerging Leaders to track their their career goals with a seasoned Executive and an HR Director. Whether you have clear view of your future or a vague notion, this is a great opportunity to run to learn from those in the position to put you where you want to be. 

Celebration reception to follow!

Emerging Leaders Program Title Partner


Emerging Leaders Program Experience Partner


Program Schedule 2020

August 26th 
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Session 1: Forum Forward

September 17th
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Association Forum
Session 2: Personal Finance

October 23rd
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session 3: A Day in the Life of a CEO

November 12th
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Association Forum
Session 4: Managing Change and Conflict

December 3rd
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Association Forum
Session 5: Book Report Presentations

December 17th
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Session 6: Holiday Showcase

January (Date TBD)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Session 7: Executive Presence/Personal Branding

February (Date TBD)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Association Forum
Session 8: Setting Career Goals

2019 Emerging Leaders

Dan Beavers - Selected Independent Funeral Homes
Brittney Conway - American Society of Anesthesiologists
Maria B Dickman - Chicago Association of REALTORS
Christine DiGiovanni Young - Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association
Kim Ellison, MNM, CAE - American Society of Anesthesiologists
Kathleen Fultz - Water Quality Association
Jamie Garcia, CMP - Emergency Nurses Association
Michael Golak - Bostrom
Amanda Hortsman, Esq. - Society of Critical Care Medicine
Tim Mucha - Emergency Nurses Association
Mr. Brent Novosel - National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists
Gina Orlandi - CCIM Institute
Ms. Angelica Pollard - American Society of Anesthesiologists
Erik Rancatore - National Marine Manufacturers Association
Monae Redmond - Chicago Association of REALTORS
Dianna Reeves - CFA Society Chicago
Julie Rossberger - Emergency Nurses Association
LaShay Sydnor - CCIM Institute

2018 Emerging Leaders

Keelin Billue- Marketing Specialist- American Society of Anesthesiologists
Jean Boisson- Talent Acquisition Specialist- American Osteopathic Association
Ashley Daly- Governance Operations Manager- Emergency Nurses Association 
Becca Daly- Governance and Operations Manager- Arthroscopy Association of North America
Kristin Etherton- Meeting Planner- American Society of Anesthesiologists
Priya Garg- Director of Student and Young Physician Affairs- American Osteopathic Association
Brooke Johnson- Director of Digital Strategy- American Osteopathic Association
Jaclynne Debra Madden- Associate Director of Marketing & Education- Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
Matthew McNutt- Simulation Education and MOCA Coordinator- American Society of Anesthesiologists
Michelle Michelotti- Simulation Education & MOCA Manager- American Society of Anesthesiologists
Michael Moran- Director of Business Development- American Osteopathic Association
Stephen Rangel- Digital Marketing Manager- CCIM Institute
Allison Read- Associate Director- American Bar Association
Vanessa Velasco- WE Local Manager, Events and Marketing- Society of Women Engineers
Maggie M Voves- Coordinator- American Society of Anesthesiologists