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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. 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).

  • 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.