My Experience

Concluding my outgoing address as IASC President.
Leadership and organizational development has been a constant interest and commitment throughout my life beginning with serving as Illinois State Student Council (IASC) President my senior year in high school. It expanded when I became (at age 19!) a district manager for a small restaurant chain while pursuing my undergraduate degree full-time, and vastly accelerated in my professional career working in higher education student affairs and as an association executive. 

For almost 20 years now, I have used the lessons learned and knowledge gained in those diverse fields and positions in my speaking, facilitating, consulting and writing ... first as a co-founder and principal of like minded people, a boutique consultancy, and currently as president and CEO of Idea Architects, my solo consulting practice.  Client and workshop participant feedback consistently affirms that I have honed an ability to challenge individuals and groups to try on new thinking while also giving them the tools and tactics to put it into meaningful action.

Professional involvement has always been important to me. I twice served on the Indiana Society of Association Executives Board of Directors (ISAE), and was honored as the ISAE Meeting Planner of the Year.  I have contributed in a variety of capacities with ASAE (American Society of Association Executives), including ASAE’s Innovation Task Force where I spearheaded the InnovationTalks initiative.  
 
Contributing professionally through writing and speaking are both personal passions and professional commitments. For 10 years I had the privilege of designing and facilitating ASAE’s Future Leaders Conference, one of the organization’s flagship leadership experiences. And I’ve done dozens (and dozens) of presentations and keynotes at professional conferences for a diverse myriad of professions and industries over the years.  My work also has included strategy and design thinking sessions, board and staff retreats, volunteer leadership conferences, and conference curriculum development.

Throughout my career I have regularly contributed feature articles on leadership and organizational development issues to a variety of national association publications. From seven years, I wrote monthly about enhancing community and learning in workshops and conferences as a Contributing Columnist for the Professional Convention Management Association's Convene magazine. I also wrote the opening chapter and helped with the overall content design and refresh of the 5th edition of Professional Meeting Management: A Guide to Meetings, Conventions, and Events.

I spoke on lifelong learning at the 2012 TEDx Indianapolis conference and was a co-producer of TEDxIndianapolis in 2013.

Other factoids

Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (low on the E and T) 
Gallup StrengthsFinder: Strategic, Learner, Maximizer, Responsibility, Futuristic
DiSC Personal Profile Classical Pattern: usually either Promoter, Persuader, or Inspirational
Standard coffeehouse order: large nonfat latte with an extra shot or a dark roast pourover