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Episode Three: Kathleen Wood

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  • 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. These members represent more than 44,000 association professionals from nearly 1,600 Chicago associations. These organizations serve 27 million individual members, have 9 million donors and generate $10.3 billion annually in economic impact. She provides strategic leadership, fiscal responsibility, and successful delivery of member value. 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).

    Michelle is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), Six Sigma Champion, and a Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA). She is an ASAE Fellow (FASAE) and an Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow. Michelle completed the SmithBucklin Leadership Institute. She has a BA, MBA and MS. Michelle was the project lead for the bestselling publication, Seven Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t.

    Michelle has strong board experience including, ASAE Board of Directors, ABSI, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, PAVE, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, MIAD, King's Academy Charter School, TEMPO, and Penfield Children’s Center. She is devoted to education and learning, Michelle has served as an adjunct instructor at Mount Mary University in Wisconsin and Strayer University in Washington, DC.

  • Kathleen Wood

    Kathleen Wood—renowned business growth strategist, trailblazer, keynote speaker and entrepreneur whisperer shares her real-life insights and proven formulas for success.

    Kathleen’s presentations center on the need to narrow priorities and align teams. With practical tools that participants can apply immediately within their organizations and real-life examples drawn from her experience as a sought-after business consultant, she expertly guides you through the process of fostering unstoppable, competitive teams poised to charge ahead.

    On stage, she is perpetually upbeat and humorous, a dynamic presence with just the right amount of tough-love in her messaging. She captivates audiences with her confidence and with her firsthand understanding of how businesses operate and what it takes to create and maintain powerful, lasting brands. Listeners take away unique and valuable insights on leadership, organizational growth and teambuilding—and strategies for conquering their toughest business challenges.