On this inaugural episode, Michelle Mason discusses what it means to be a “forever learner” and how she went from association temp to CEO—with several important stops along the way. Tune in for sage advice and thought provoking conversation about how our work environments and people can shape and strengthen our own career and leadership pathways.
“The greatest source of data can be gained by listening to others.”
Michelle joined Association Forum as President and CEO in September 2014. 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 ASQ, Michelle served as vice president of strategic and future focused research programs for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Washington, D.C. She also worked at formerly Chemical Manufacturers Association, now the American Chemistry Council.
Michelle is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), Six Sigma Champion, and a Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA). She is an ASAE Fellow and an Aspen Institute Ideas Fellow. She is a graduate of the SmithBucklin Leadership Institute (2016). Michelle formerly served as an examiner with the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. She has a BA, MBA and MS.
Michelle has strong board experience including, ASAE Board of Directors, ABSI, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin. She was appointed by the Mayor of Milwaukee to serve as vice-chair of the City’s Green Team. Michelle is the founding chair of the ASAE Innovation Grants Program. Michelle was the project lead for the bestselling publication, Seven Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t.
Michelle received the 2012 WSAE Association Leadership Award and was recognized by Associations Now as an “A Lister: Someone Who Makes Associations Work.”