9-9:50 a.m. | Grand Suite 3

The Power of A: How Associations Create A Stronger America and World

The ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership's Power of A Awards program recognizes six associations nationally for extraordinary contributions to the community and showcases innovative association programming.

This session will:

  • Showcase the programs of work from the three Chicagoland associations that won 2016 Power of A Summit Awards:
    • American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)
    • Association for Corporate Growth
    • Public Library Association; and
  • Summarize the Gold and Silver award winners who are members of Association Forum; and
  • Review the application process and the benefits of the program.


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About the Presenter:

Coordinating Panelist:

Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE

Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, is the President & CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). Since he became CEO in 2008, ACG has expanded chapters and membership around the world, created an award-winning digital magazine, Middle Market Growth, started a European conference and launched efforts to educate policy-makers on private capital investment in the middle market, including the creation of the Congressional Caucus on Middle Market Growth and GrowthEconomy.org.


Steve Welch, Interim EVP/CEO, and
Robb Rabito, CHCP, Director, Education Operations
American College of CHEST Physicians

Barbara A. Macikas, Executive Director
Public Library Association