Association 101 - August 7, 2018 - Rosemont

When:  Aug 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CT)
Location: OLC Education & Conference Center, 9400 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL
Career Level: Entry- and mid-level professionals

$450 (member); $600 (non-member)

Discount and Forum Plus: Forum Plus Members:  If there are five or more Forum Plus member employees attending this course, you are eligible for a 10% discount on each registration.  Contact to take advantage of this discount.
Scholarship: The Dr. Philip Lesser Education Scholarship is available to one student for this course. Click here to learn more.

CAE Domain and Credit Hours: 6 hours

An orientation for association professionals, Association 101 is designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and appreciation for the unique environment, culture and dynamics of associations.

After attending this session, you’ll be able to:
  • Learn the nature and scope of associations
  • Receive information to support career advancement
  • Gain understanding of the working relationships between volunteers/members and staff
  • Enjoy networking opportunities

About The Presenters:

Burt Blanchard
Director, Business Development, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 
Burt Blanchard is a passionate leader in the association community. He currently serves as Director, Business Development at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).  In previous association experience, Burt has served at the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Home Builders of Greater
Chicago (HBAGC).
He is an active Association Forum member and has served in numerous roles including diversity + inclusion, awards, nominating, and Holiday Showcase committee to name a few. Burt’s a Chicago native, currently resides in the Western Suburbs and enjoys staying fit and music, music, music as a hobby.

Debbie Trueblood, MSW, IOM, CAE
Executive Director, Illinois Park and Recreation Association

Debbie is currently the Executive Director of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. She has formerly served as Executive Director for Illinois HomeCare Council (Interim), International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, Academy for Eating Disorders, Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology through two association management companies, The Center for Association Growth and Sherwood Group. She has been a lobbyist for Illinois HomeCare Council, National Private Duty Association, and American Osteopathic Association.

She is a 2007 graduate from the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) and became a Certified Association Executive in 2008. She has a Masters in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago and serves as a Trustee for her alma mater, MacMurray College. She was a Dunn Fellow with the Illinois Governor’s Office in 2001 and a 2004 graduate of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership. She was a recipient of the Association Forum’s 2014 “Forty Under Forty” award. She serves on the American Society of Association Executives Ethics Committee as Vice Chair. She has presented on this topic in Utah, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Missouri. She also presents on a variety of other association topics.


Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program.  Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.


9400 W Higgins Rd Ste 100
Rosemont, IL 60018-4975