Emerging Leaders Academy

When:  Sep 21, 2017 from 09:00 to 16:00 (CT)
Practice Areas: All
Career Level: Entry- All
Fee: $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 membership@associationforum.org to take advantage of this discount.
CAE Credit Hours: 6 hours
Other: Boxed lunch will be provided and a reception will follow the conclusion of the course.

Are you an emerging leader who is new to associations or taking on new management responsibilities? This engaging and informative session is custom-built for professionals to looking to “fill the gap” with insights from seasoned CEOs. As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know!”

Learn what is needed to operate successfully in a business environment with lessons based on experience. This full-day intensive will help you to understand how to navigate conflict, communicate effectively, prepare you for managing others, and more.

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a "Certificate of Completion" and a digital badge in MyForum demonstrating your enhanced leadership abilities. The most critical and important leadership topics will be covered, against the backdrop of the association workplace.  
In this session, you will learn how to:
  • Lead through Change 
  • Learn how to “ideate” in an association 
  • Develop strong communications and manage difficult conversations 
  • Think strategically for goal-setting 
  • Address managing others and creating a successful team dynamic

Join this program to learn, grow, connect to industry colleagues and walk away with valuable tools and resources to build a stellar career.

About the Presenters:


Debra Zabloudil serves as the President, CEO and founder of the Learning Studio, which serves the association and corporate communities in a variety of speaking, training and development needs. On a day to day basis, Debra and her team can be found traveling the globe, producing educational content for leaders in hundreds of different industries or professions, working with world leaders as they present to audiences, running consulting projects for professional and trade associations and speaking, facilitating and designing workshops and learning labs for customers, members and staff of organizations worldwide.

Debra works regularly with a number of well-known organizations such as The Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the International Trade Show IMEX, The American Hospital Association, ASAE, The Association Forum and more.

Debra is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of leadership development, working with multigenerational staff and customers, the importance of strong business communication skills and many other leadership and management topics. 

Debra is a Certified Association Executive and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She is also an Association Forum John T. Thiel award winner and a PCMA “Best in Class” speaker. 


Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP is the President and CEO of The Management Association, a Chicago-based employers’ association which serves over 1000 member organizations. She is a highly respected and sought after speaker, trainer and advisor and is an accepted authority on a variety of organizational issues including workplace culture, employment trends, people management and leadership.  Countless organizations have benefited from her expertise during her twenty plus years at the association.

Mary Lynn is a prolific writer, quoted and published regularly in a variety of local and national publications. She is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors for both the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the Employer Associations of America.  She is also an Advisory Board Member of the Community Memorial Foundation and Family Shelter Service.

Mary Lynn is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Industrial Relations/Human Resources.  She also holds an MBA in International Management with Honors from the Thunderbird School of Management.    


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.


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