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2022 Emerging Leaders Program: Executive Presence and Personal Branding


Join two seasoned association CEOs, who have also launched their own pathway after successful careers in a variety of different types of organizations. Together, they will lead you through what is happening in associations, what it takes to be a transformational, entrepreneurial CEO required in today’s world, career pathways, and how language and designing conversations are essential skills. They will also include the “Ask us anything” session for as long as you like. Designed to be both intentionally developmental and organic, this is your time!


  • Greg Fine, FASAE, CAE

    Principal Consultant, Tecker International
    With more than 25 years of successfully helping organizations grow and prosper; combined with boundless energy, passion and enthusiasm, Greg's collaborative approach delivers the insight, strategies, and resources necessary to turn intent into action. Prior to joining Tecker International, he served as executive vice president and CEO of CCIM Institute, a 13,000-member international professional association. Before that, he was global CEO of the Turnaround Management Association. With a reputation for organizational change and innovation, his diverse and successful career has provided him with deep and comprehensive expertise that informs all of his work.

    Greg is a respected and engaged volunteer leader. He served on the ASAE and ASAE Foundation Boards, Association Media & Publishing Board - including tenure as president, the DigitalNow Advisory Group, is faculty emeritus for the U.S. Chamber's Institute of Organizational Management and was a member of the Chamber’s Association Committee of 100. He is prolific writer and speaker, most recently co-authoring a chapter in Professional Practices in Association Management (4th edition 2021). He is a sought-after and highly rated speaker for audiences around the world.

    Among many awards, Greg received the 2017 Association Forum "Inspiring Leader" award; the 2009 "Young and Aspiring Association Professional" by Association TRENDS; and the Angerosa Research Foundation's inaugural "Publishing Trendsetter," an award recognizing innovation that advances association publishing. CCIM was the inaugural recipient of the Association Forum Welcoming Environment Award® in 2018 and he was recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago 2020 Notable LGBTQ Executives.

    Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Greg was a leader from his earliest years. This included becoming one of the state's youngest elected officials in history when, at age 18, he was elected to the Missoula County High Schools Board of Trustees. He was re-elected twice and served as Board Chair. He is a graduate of The University of Montana with a BA in PSc and History Minor, is an avid world traveler, and an award-winning amateur poet.

  • Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, CMC, CPC, CCRC

    Cynthia Mills founded The Leaders’ Haven to help leaders & teams go beyond business as usual & continuously transform, so they can fulfill their true calling & exceed the expectations of the people they serve.™ The consultancy partners with clients to align for impact & leverage results through strategy, governance, and leadership. The Leaders’ Haven serves associations, tax exempt organizations,
    corporations, small, privately held and family-owned businesses; and faith-based communities as business strategist, board consultant, facilitator, leadership development catalyst, business & executive coach, succession planning & search Sherpa, change leadership guide,
    and speaker. Nicknamed “The Board Whisperer™” and “Chief Experience Weaver™” by clients, Cynthia relishes transformational journeys and loves that moment when everyone sees their potential and commits!

    An award-winning national and international CEO for over 20 years, Cynthia Mills works with clients serving construction, manufacturing, facility management, safety, engineering, transportation, education, certification, business & industry, finance, insurance, energy, marketing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, veterinary, co-op, legal, environmental, publishing, media, retail, agriculture, senior living, real estate, entertainment, hospitality, restaurant, philanthropy, fraternity, and faith sectors.

    Cynthia holds an MA from the University of York, England as a Rotary International Ambassador Scholar and a dual BA from Queens College as a Presidential Scholar. She is a member of the Association of Charlotte Area Consultants (ACAC), International Coaching Federation (ICF), International Coaching Council (ICC), American Society of Association Executives, (ASAE), Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC); Professional Woman Network (PWN) & the PWN International Advisory Board, was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE); and is a Lifetime Member of Strathmore Who’s Who Worldwide, which honored her as the Professional of the Year for Consulting, Coaching, and Professional Development. Cynthia is a member of the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors & the National Association of Experts, Writers, & Speakers. Her media appearances include “Hollywood Live with Jack Canfield,” “Live at Studio 6B” & Executive Leaders Radio. She is host of “The Leaders’ View™.”

    An ASAE Academy of Leaders Awardee & ASAE Fellow, Cynthia served on the Board and Executive Committee of ASAE, ASAE’s for-profit subsidiary Board - ASBI, and was President of GSAE. She was awarded the GSAE President’s Award & the Clifford Clark Award, the TCIA Chair’s Award twice, Outstanding Southeastern Association Executive and was elected as Fellows Chair by her peers. Cynthia is certified as a Master, Professional, & Christian Coach, & Association Executive and is an ASAE Career HQ Coach.

    A best-selling co-author of The Big Secret with Jack Canfield of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” renown, her chapter, Align for Impact, received an Editor’s Choice Award. She is also author of the books “CEOs First 90 Days: Breathing Tips for the Other End of the Fire Hose, The Leaders’ View: Strategy & Leadership Lessons Riding the Blue Ridge Parkway; The Empty Front Porch: Soul Sittin’ to Design Your porch
    to Porch Plan and is a featured author in The Female Factor: A Confidence Guide for Women, Breaking the Concrete Ceiling: Empowerment Tools for Women, Leading from the Heart, The Total Woman, and The Professional Woman. Cynthia is under agreement for 7 more books.

March 18, 2022
Fri 11:00 AM CDT

Duration 4H 0M

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