March 19, 2021

The Power of Black Women Leaders

One of the most powerful episodes to date, host Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, ASAE’s SVP of Public Policy welcomes four Black female association CEOs who discuss their rise to leadership, the complexities and burdens of their journeys, and how the industry can be supportive. Mary Kate and co-hosts Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE, CEO of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and Robb Lee, Chief Marketing and Product Strategy Officer at ASAE talk with Dresden Farrand, MPA, MPP, CAE, CEO, American Water Resources Association, Stefanie Reeves, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director, Maryland Psychological Association, Christene Phillips, MSA, Executive Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President & CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences. Episode Transcript

February 18, 2021

The Power of Associations Around the World

Host Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, ASAE’s SVP of Public Policy welcomes co-host Amy Hissrich, ASAE’s Vice President, Global & Web Strategy for three fascinating conversations with association leaders from around the world – China, Belgium, and Kenya. Discussions include COVID-19 response, meetings updates, and other global concerns. Guests include Steven Basart, Vice President, Kellen and Chair, ASAE International Associations Advisory Council; Alexander Mohr, PhD, Executive Director, European Flavour Association and Board Member, European Society of Association Executives; and Jeffers Miruka, CEO, African Association of Agricultural Economists and President, African Society of Association Executives. Episode Transcript

February 5, 2021

The Power of Advocacy in 2021 (Preview of American Associations Day)

Host Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, ASAE’s SVP of Public Policy welcomes co-host Nate Fisher of ASAE’s Public Policy team for a series of conversations about advocacy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the beginning of a new Administration. Guests include Scott Wiley, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, Ohio Society of CPAs, Franklin Davis, Vice President of Federal Government Relations, for the American Beverage Association, and Kevin Serafino Vice President, Federal Government Relations & Public Policy and Internal Counsel, Household & Commercial Products Association. Discussions include association community 2021 priorities, issues, and making 2021 as successful as possible for associations and society at large. Episode Transcript

December 9, 2020

The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Host Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, ASAE’s SVP of Public Policy welcomes co-host Robb Lee, ASAE’s Chief Marketing and Product Strategy Officer for a series of personal and poignant interviews about DEI and the current landscape resulting from the news-making injustices of 2020 and systemic racism of years past. Guests include two co-founders of Texts to Table, a platform for conversations about race and leadership, Irving Washington, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director at Online News Association and Donte Shannon, FASAE, CAE, CEO at Association of Equipment Management Professionals who join together to reflect on today’s political climate, focusing on race within leadership. The podcast also welcomes ASAE’s Cortney Whitlow, Manager, Meeting Registration & Industry Partner Engagement, who brings to life ASAE’s Black Moments in Film program which impacted the association’s staff in immeasurable ways. And, Janet Smith, president of the Ivy Planning Group – a consulting and training company that specializes in diversity, strategy and change management – joins Mary Kate and Robb to provide invaluable perspective on how to sustain DEI initiatives with meaning and purpose. Notes: DEI Resources Episode Transcript