My Experience


Hi, I'm Jeffrey Cufaude.
I believe deeply that the communities of which we are part are resource-full, but we must become more resourceful in how we invite and engage individuals to be caring contributors. My past experience as executive director of two national associations and as a student affairs staff member at two large public universities has informed much of my subsequent career as a facilitator, strategist, consultant, and speaker.
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 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 2004-2011, 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 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