Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen Cabinet

Join an Exclusive Cohort Community for Peers

Unlock the power of connection, insight, and success through unique and impactful Kitchen Cabinet cohorts. 

You need support as you work to create a bolder, brighter future for your organization. Whether that's advice or a sounding board, this confidential, safe, and intimate environment provides an opportunity for you to channel your ideas and thoughts through peers that share your passion for success.

Find your community—no matter where you are in your leadership journey.

We are excited to announce our new Director-level and C-suite Kitchen Cabinet cohorts! These build off the CEO Kitchen Cabinet's success and offer a safe environment for empowered leaders at these levels. 


See below for the meeting dates for each cohort. All dates are in Central Time (CT) and virtual unless otherwise noted.

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C-Suite Kitchen Cabinet powered by:

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Exclusively for CEOs and Executive Directors

Meeting Dates

September 25, 2023

2–3:30 p.m.

November 29, 2023 
(in-person at Holiday Showcase)

January 22, 2024 2–3:30 p.m.
March 25, 2024 2–3:30 p.m.
May 20, 2024 2–3:30 p.m.
July 18, 2024 2–3:30 p.m.

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Exclusively for C-suite professionals including Senior Vice Presidents, and Vice Presidents

Meeting Dates
September 13, 2023 3–4:30 p.m.
November, 29, 2023 (in-person at Holiday Showcase) TBD
January 17, 2024 3–4:30 p.m.
March 20, 2024 3–4:30 p.m.
May 8, 2024 3–4:30 p.m.
July 10, 2024 3–4:30 p.m.


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Exclusively for Director-level professionals

Meeting Dates
September 14, 2023 9–10:30 a.m.
November 29, 2023 
(in-person at Holiday Showcase)
January 18, 2024 9–10:30 a.m.
March 14, 2024 9–10:30 a.m.
May 6, 2024 2–3:30 p.m.
July 11, 2024 9–10:30 a.m.


Read About the Facilitator


Mary Lynn Fayoumi


Participate in the Kitchen Cabinet for:

  • Peer Learning & Creative Problem-Solving. A confidential, small-group setting allows for open conversations about challenges that unveil creative solutions and unique insights from like-minded peers. Learning from the experiences and strategies of other successful peers can provide fresh perspectives and help overcome obstacles more efficiently.

  • Access to an Exclusive Cohort. The intimate nature allows participants an opportunity to make deep and meaningful connections with their peers in their cohort that last throughout their entire careers. The cohorts act as a close-knit group of trusted advisors who act as a confidential sounding board.

  • Power of Insight and Connection. Unlock exclusive and personalized insight from those directly around you. Discuss your aspirations, seek guidance, and make more informed decisions. The collective wisdom can lead to innovative solutions, new business strategies, and a more confident and empowered approach to leadership, ultimately contributing to a bolder and brighter future for yourself, your staff, and your organization. 

  • Tailored Relevance. Participants determine the topics of discussion most relevant to the group ensuring the content is highly targeted and directly addresses the specific concerns or interests of the cohort. 





Mary Post

Mary Post, MBA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Neurology

Mary E. Post, MBA, CAE, is the chief executive officer of the American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest association of neurologists with more than 40,000 members. Leading a team of more than 200 staff with locations in Minneapolis, MN, and Washington, DC, Post is responsible for the AAN achieving its mission of promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care and enhancing member career satisfaction, as well as the AAN’s vision of being indispensable to its membership.

Post began her position as CEO of the AAN in April 2020. She is the fourth CEO since the AAN was established in 1948. Post was selected for the role based on her extensive experience leading a major nonprofit medical specialty organization as well as her broad prior experience at the AAN, where she served for 16 years in many leadership roles, including as deputy executive director.

Post is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), the highest credential in the association management industry. She also holds a Post-Master’s Certificate in organizational leadership, a Master of Business Administration Degree in human resources, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration. She has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit medical specialty industry.

Post has led meaningful, sustainable, programmatic, operational, and financial growth within organizations while increasing value for stakeholders and creating an award-winning, resilient culture.

Geoff Brown

Geoffrey Brown, CAE, President and CEO, Illinois CPA Society

Geoffrey ‘Geof’ Brown, CAE, is president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), one of the largest state CPA societies in the nation. Brown also serves as president and CEO of CPAs for the Public Interest and ex-officio board member of the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. A seasoned certified association executive (CAE), Brown has more than 23 years of experience as an association professional. Before joining ICPAS in 2022, he served as CEO of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the nation’s leading professional association of fee-only financial advisors, for nine years. Prior to NAPFA, Brown was an account executive with Sentergroup, an association manager at SmithBucklin Corporation, and held multiple positions with North-American Interfraternity Conference. Brown served as the board chair for Association Forum and is an active member. He is also an active member in the American Society of Association Executives and is a board member for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values. Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland.


Jeanne Sheehy

Jeanne Sheehy, MBA, Chief Marketing Officer, Bostrom

Jeanne Sheehy, MBA, is Chief Marketing Officer for Bostrom, a leading association management company offering outsourcing, consulting, and management to non-profits. Jeanne brings more than 20 years’ experience in integrated communications, content strategy, agile marketing, and digital transformation. In addition to the corporate marketing and business development roles at Bostrom, Jeanne serves as past Chair and marketing task force lead for the AMC Institute. 

An authority in integrated marketing for associations, she has presented at various global and regional conferences. Jeanne creates client integrated marketing strategies focusing on growth, value, content, and digital presence tied to goals and metrics. On the consulting side, Jeanne leads organizations through persona development, customer journey mapping, and digital strategies.

Prior to Bostrom, Jeanne worked in global marketing roles in technology and consumer packaging. She earned her MBA from Rockhurst University and her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Missouri. 


Julie Belloli

Julie Belloli, CAE, Director of Member Experience, HR Source

Julie Belloli, CAE is the Director of Member Experience for HR Source, an employers’ association providing human resources support to 1200 member organizations. She represents the Association in the business community through industry conference exhibits, sponsorships, and networking opportunities. Julie services and interacts with current Association members by providing ongoing support throughout their membership. She manages the event planning for HR Source’s conferences, facilitates discussions with the HR Source Advisory Council and serves as the community manager for HR Exchange, the association’s online member community.

As an active member of Association Forum, Julie served as chair of the Membership Development and Services Special Interest Group (SIG). She currently volunteers on Association Forum’s CAE Working Group. Julie is a past Forty Under 40 honoree through Association Forum. In 2020, she was selected as a Regional 30 Under 40 honoree through the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue University and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in August 2020.