Welcoming Environment® Committee

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The Welcoming Environment® Committee plays an integral role in promoting diversity and inclusion by ensuring that Association Forum makes everyone who interacts with Association Forum feel welcomed and valued. A Welcoming Environment® is defined as the creation of a sense of belonging and connectedness that engages individuals in an authentic manner in which uniqueness is valued, respected and supported through opportunities and interaction. 

The Committee:

  • Encourages the development of a Welcoming Environment® within every aspect of Association Forum.
  • Monitors metrics to gauge the efficacy of Welcoming Environment® efforts.
  • Scans the association community to contribute to the development of the online Welcoming Environment® Resource Kit.
  • Actively promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.
  • Engages in new member onboarding calls
  • Promotes diversity initiatives in associations using #assnWE on social media.

These Opportunities Are Recommended for Members Who:

  • Are passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within Association Forum.
  • Actively participate in Association Forum events.

Time Commitment:

  • Bimonthly or Quarterly committee meetings.
  • Participation in conference calls and sub-committee meetings as necessary.
  • Act as a Welcome Ambassadors at programs and events when available. 

    Welcoming Environment® Chair
    Celeste Smith
    Nancy Ukpe Gargula, MA

    Welcoming Environment® Committee Members

    Liz Catalano
    Tyler Eble
    Thomas Figiel
    Ashley Gill
    Kevin Hinton
    Lannissa James, MBA, CAE
    Jennifer Liu Goluszka
    Kevin Minot, MS
    Felicia Owens
    Shelea Pride
    Marilyn K. Reder
    Michael Sam
    Michele Scheel
    Jamal Turner
    Trice Turner
    Vince Williams
    Lauren Wilson


    Board Liaison
    Kim Mosley

    Staff Contacts
    Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE

    mason@associationforum.org 

    Melissa Walling, CAE, IOM
    walling@associationforum.org

    Moe Malek
    malek@associationforum.org