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AF Talks- Emotional Intelligence in Associations- Deborah Zabloudil

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Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE speaks with Debra Zabloudil, CAE, FACHE, President & CEO of the Learning Studio on understanding emotional intelligence in associations.


  • Debra Zabloudil, CAE, FACHE

    Debra Zabloudil, FACHE, serves as President & Founder of The Learning Studio, Inc. (TLS) a consultancy and training organization serving associations and their members. Debra is considered an industry leader in speaking, training, facilitating and “all things adult education”. The Learning Studio, which Debra founded in 2004, serves clients across the globe in building and producing gold standard learning experiences, as well as offers a full catalog of training programs to companies of all size and scope. TLS has designed leadership development experiences for individuals with many years of experience, as well as those aspiring to leadership positions. Prior to launching TLS in 2004, Debra served in many senior staff positions with a variety of organizations. Those included the Association Forum of Chicagoland, The Young Presidents’ Organization, The Joint Commission and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Debra received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications/Public Relations from Southern Illinois University, and her master’s degree in Management of Public Service from DePaul University. She has previously earned a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation and is currently a fellow in healthcare management, Debra is a past chair of ASAE’s Professional Development Council, and is a current member of ASAE’s Key Consultants Committee and the ASAE Foundation Committee. She is co-chair of the Association Forum's Education SIG and speaks and writes regularly on the topics around leadership and management, as well as adult learning best practices. She is the 2011 recipient of the Association Forum of Chicagoland’s John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award, is a PCMA “Best in Class Speaker” and is a graduate of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

  • Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE

    President and CEO, Association Forum

    Michelle Mason is the President and CEO of Association Forum. Association Forum is the “association of associations” in Chicago. Founded in 1916, it has nearly 4,000 members. Prior to Association Forum, Michelle served as a managing director at the American Society for Quality (ASQ). In this role, she concentrated on business development, membership, component relations, innovation, advocacy, social responsibility, and process improvement efforts. Prior to she was Vice President of Strategic and Future Focused Research at the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE).