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Public Policy Conversation Circle with Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners

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  • Toni Preckwinkle

    Toni Preckwinkle is the 35th president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, an office she has held since 2010. A dedicated and effective public servant, President Preckwinkle has worked tirelessly and collaboratively to reshape County government through increased fiscal responsibility, transparency and improved services.                                                                                                              
    As the top executive in Cook County, President Preckwinkle oversees one of the nation’s largest public health and hospitals systems and one of the nation’s largest criminal justice systems. President Preckwinkle is a lifelong advocate for equity and equality, and through her work as president, has fought to improve health care access, bring increased fairness to the criminal justice system and expand employment training opportunities for some of the County’s most disadvantaged youth.                                                                                                                                                                
    Before she was elected Cook County Board President, President Preckwinkle served 19 years as Alderman of the 4th Ward, building a reputation for progressive independence. She replaced public housing with viable mixed-income developments that included the first market rate housing built in North Kenwood and Oakland since World War II. She fought for living wages, public education and against payday lending and gun violence. Prior to holding elected office, President Preckwinkle taught high school history for 10 years. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of three.

  • Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE, Moderator

    Paul Pomerantz is CEO of the American Society of Anesthesiologists®(ASA®). He received a Master of Business Administration specializing in health administration from Temple University, after which he served in executive roles at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel). Pomerantz has held CEO roles at the Drug Information Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Society of Interventional Radiology, and Clinical Laboratory Management Association.

    Pomerantz is also active in healthcare and professional leadership. In recent years, he served as chair of the Center for Association Leadership (ASAE Foundation) and treasurer of the National Health Council (NHC). He also served on the board of ASAE Business Services, Inc, and the ASA Power of A committee. He currently serves as Board Chair of Association Forum where he has also served as Chair of the Health Collaborative. He is a frequent speaker and writer on topics of association, healthcare leadership, governance, and strategy.

  • Geoffrey Brown, CAE

    Geoffrey E. Brown, CAE, is the chief executive officer of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). In this role, he is responsible for the association’s strategic direction, external relations, and ensuring its operational success.

    He has worked in association management since 2000. Prior to joining NAPFA in 2013, Brown had been an account executive with Sentergroup, a Chicago-based management consultancy specializing in associations and other nonprofit organizations. At Sentergroup, he was responsible for overseeing client relationships, managing day-to-day operations for multiple associations, coordinating the execution of strategic corporate initiatives and contributing to the firm’s business development efforts. Prior to his time at Sentergroup, Brown served as an association manager for SmithBucklin Corp., the world’s largest association management company based in Chicago. While there, he managed client strategy development and operations, provided counsel to association leaders, and managed delivery of client services across multiple business units.

    Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree in government & politics from the University of Maryland and his certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University.

    He is a member of American Society of Association Executives and received his Certified Association Executive designation (CAE) in 2010. He is also a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland where he serves on the Board of Directors as Chair-elect. Brown also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values.

  • Kimberly Mosley, CAE, CPE, President, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

    Kimberly Mosley, CAE is the President of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), the world’s largest specialty toy association serving more than 1,700 independent specialty toy retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives and toy industry experts. ASTRA is the nation’s only association dedicated to the education and expansion of the specialty toy industry.

    Kim has been a leader in the association industry for more than 20 years with experience in technology. Prior to her role with ASTRA, she served as CIO for the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Association Forum where she served in many leadership roles including serving as chair of the Diversity Workforce Committee. In 2002, she was awarded the Diversity Executive Leadership Scholarship and in 2003, she earned distinction as a Certified Association Executive.

    She serves as adjunct faculty for Governors State University in healthcare informatics and serves on the advisory board for Prairie State Junior College. She also lectures, blogs and writes articles on association management and technology.

    Ms. Mosley holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Governors State University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, IL.

  • Steve R. Smith, MS, CAE, FAAMSE

    Steve Smith, MS CAE FAAMSE, became AMC’s CEO in April 2020. Prior to stepping into his role, Steve served as a vice president of client relations on AMC’s Leadership Team and as CEO for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), AMC’s largest association partner. In his role with AAHPM, Steve led a team of nearly 20 professionals who helped the Academy achieve more than a decade of unprecedented growth and development.

    With a strong foundation to build on, Steve is excited to lead AMC through a new period of growth and transition that will be fueled by our association partners’ needs and the creativity of our staff. Steve is passionate about developing and leveraging AMC’s strength, which has always been its staff, to help clients achieve their missions. He knows that tapping into strengths helps people bring their best selves to the work they’re doing, which leads to better and more meaningful outcomes.

    Steve relies on his own strengths—including strategy, communication and positivity—to ensure that AMC staff and the volunteer leaders of AMC’s partner organizations are well supported so they can achieve their missions. Steve believes in AMC’s mission and the missions of AMC’s client partners, which include more than 25 professional societies—primarily healthcare, medical, and scientific associations. In his role, Steve strives to be visible, accessible, and engaged with each client partner in a way that is comfortable and meaningful to them.

    Steve earned his bachelor’s in public relations with a minor in gerontology before obtaining a master’s in organizational communication and aging (gerontology). He worked for the Alzheimer’s Association National Office and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation before joining AMC in 2007.

January 12, 2021
Tue 10:00 AM CST

Duration 0H 45M

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