2017 Women's Executive Forum

When:  Feb 13, 2017 from 09:30 to 18:00 (CT)


Women leaders of associations hold powerful positions, but the path to those positions can be wrought with challenges and opposition. How did you overcome obstacles to rise to the top? And how will you support and mentor others in their journey?

Join fellow association executives, their rising stars & aspiring CEOs at the 6th Annual Women’s Executive Forum. This is an exclusive opportunity to personally interact with your women CEO peers and their carefully selected women up-and-comers in the association world.

During this one-day experience, participants will:

  • Share powerful and heartfelt experiences;
  • Collaborate through roundtable exercises and panel discussions; and
  • Be exposed to new ideas, approaches, and best-practice strategies of common and complex issues affecting professional women.

Seize this opportunity to connect with the best and brightest women in the association industry.


CEOs Rising Stars Aspiring CEOs
Make the most of this mentoring experience by bringing a rising star or aspiring CEO from your association to spend a day bonding, learning, sharing and supporting one another. If you are unable to identify a rising star to accompany you, we invite you to attend and network with your CEO peers for the day! A rising star can be identified as an association executive who is on the path to becoming a future leader/decision maker. They may have recently been promoted to a leadership role and their next step is Senior Management. An aspiring CEO can be identified as an association executive who is on the path to becoming a chief executive officer. They have at least 3 to 5 years in a leadership role and currently hold the role of Sr. Manager or above.


9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Madison Foyer 
10:00 – 10:05 a.m.
Welcome & Keynote Introduction
Madison Room
10:05 – 11 a.m.
Event Keynote: 
Madison Room
Tammy Routh, Senior VP Global Sales, Marriott International
11 a.m. - Noon Group Session:
Madison Room 
Growth vs. Fixed Mindset (Antidote to Perfectionism)
Dorie Blesoff, Chief People Officer, kCura
Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch
Lincoln Room 
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
CEO Breakout Session:
Madison Room 
Perseverance & Grit: Survival of the Fittest
Ralph Logan, General Manager, Microtrain
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Rising Star Breakout Session:
Jackson Room 
Professional Etiquette: You Think You Know... But You Have No Idea
Diane Howard, Associate Professor, Rush University
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Aspiring CEO Breakout Session:
Ogden Room 
Collaboration of Women: Why There's Strength in Numbers
Stephanie Nelson, Executive Coach, Bluefire HR
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Madison Foyer 
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Group Session:
Madison Room 
Mindfulness: An Ally to Successful Leadership
Merida Johns, Program Chair, Ressurection University
3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Madison Foyer 
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Group Session:
Madison Room 
Crowdsourcing: Tapping into Your Collective Intelligence
Mary Eiken
Kathleen O'Loughlin
Denise Froemming
Rachel Gregoire

4:45 – 4:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Madison Room 
4:50 – 6:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
Lincoln Room 

Career Level:

Association CEOs, Executive Directors, C-suite and their Rising Stars.


CEO & Rising Star - $499.00;
CEO & Aspiring CEO - $499.00;
CEOs Only - $299

Hotel Information:

Please click here to book your hotel room at a discounted rate. 

Rising Star & Aspiring CEO Registration:

CEOs will receive a link within their registration confirmation to register their Rising Star or Aspiring CEO. If your CEO is unable to attend, please have them to write a letter on your behalf explaining why they feel that you should be able to attend this event in their absence.

Credit Hours for CAE:

Domain and Credit Hours: Strategic Management; 5 hours.

Event Details:

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
JW Marriott
151 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL

Premier Partner:


Supporting Partner:


Experience Partner:



2016-2017 Women’s Executive Forum Committee:


Lynne Thomas Gordon, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA 
CEO, American Health Information Management Association



Jasmine Alkhatib 
American Academy of Periodontology



Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR 
President & CEO, Management Association



Kim Mosley, CAE 
President, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)



Rizan Mohsin 
Postgraduate Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives



Maureen Selke 
Global Account Director, Marriott International



Deborah Sexton 
President & CEO, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)



Christie Tarantino-Dean, FASAE, CAE 
Executive Vice President & CEO, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)



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151 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603