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Episode Six: Stephen Stahr

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On this episode, Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, is joined by Stephen P. Stahr, CAE for a conversation about mindfulness in the workplace. Stahr is CEO of the Million Dollar Round Table and a two-time Honors Awards recipient, having won both the John C. Thiel award and the Inspiring Leader award. Michelle and Stephen talk about how leaders can be mindful about how their decisions affect their employees, their volunteers and their members, as well as how mindfulness can change in different cultures.

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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.

  • Stephen P. Stahr, CAE

    Stephen P. Stahr, CAE, is Chief Executive Officer at the Million Dollar Round Table, Park Ridge, IL, the premier association of financial professionals, comprising more than 66,000 members in 72 nations. He is responsible for a staff of 102 association professionals and a budget of $56 million. Stahr joined MDRT in 1990, working in the public relations department, and has served as CEO since 2011. Stahr received both his master’s in business administration and master’s in nonprofit and association management from the University of Maryland. A recipient of the Association Forum of Chicagoland’s John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award (2009) and Inspiring Leader Award (2015), he is the immediate past chair of ASAE’s Key Professional Associations Committee (KPAC). Stahr earned his CAE in 2005.