Emerging Leaders Program


Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program provides an unique opportunity for association professionals under the age of 35.  This program highlights influential and powerful techniques that teach young professionals how to take the next steps to success using conventional and non-conventional methods while creating an exclusive cohort where young professionals learn together over the course of six months.

Kicking off in conjunction with Forum Forward, the Emerging Leaders will get to know each other and be recognized for the upcoming program. During the program, Emerging Leaders will share ideas with each other, read  and present a  to an executive panel. In addition, each Emerging Leader will have access to an association executive mentor. 

Emerging Leaders can expect to:
  • Strengthen communication and leadership skills
  • Learn from industry executives and receive one-on-one mentoring
  • Develop professional relationships with peer leaders
  • Attend two Association Forum Virtual Events: Forum Forward and Holiday Showcase
*Please note that this year, if needed, we will substitute face-to-face meetings with virtual meetings for your health and safety. If we should meet physically, Association Forum is committed to adhering to the appropriate CDC and State of Illinois Guidelines for in-person gatherings.

Registration for the 2020-2021 program is now closed.  Registration for the 2021-2022 program will open in May 2021.

Session Descriptions


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

The Emerging Leaders Program kicks off in conjunction with Forum Forward, with an exclusive keynote by Jacqualine Price Osafo, the Vice President of Membership at the American Health Information Management Association.

Life Happens--Own Your Financial Future

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

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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. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with Matt Sanderson, President & CEO of SmithBucklin, for a Q&A session.

Managing Change and Conflict

Donna Brighton
Chief Ideas Officer
Brighton Leadership Group

Led 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
Chief Executive Officer
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 learn from those in the position to put you where you want to be. Celebration reception to follow!

Emerging Leaders Program Experience Partner


Program Schedule 2020-2021

August 25th 
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Session 1: Orientation 

August 26th 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Forum Forward

September 2nd 
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session 2: Keynote

September 17th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session 2: Personal Finance

September 24th 
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session 3: Conversation Circle on Diversity

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. - 1:00 p.m.
Session 4: Managing Change and Conflict

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

December 15th & 16th
Session 6: Holiday Showcase

January 27th 
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Session 7: Executive Presence/Personal Branding

February (Date TBD)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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