Wisdom is not defined by age alone, an adage clearly proven by this uplifting panel of successful professionals who are in their first decade of association work. Hear what Allison Lundberg, Lindsey Josephs, and Evan Rotert experienced as they entered the profession—from discomfort to discovery. These emerging leaders are helping to innovate their associations while also finding unique ways to expand their experiences and hone their skills.
“Find people who believe in you and will help guide you.”
Allison Lundberg is the Manager of Marketing and Communications at Association Management Center in Chicago, IL. She is responsible for her client’s social media strategy, email marketing campaigns, video productions, and various other aspects that involve reaching members and customers in new, creative ways. After working for a large company, she found her love for associations in 2012 and has been working in them ever since. Associations have presented her many opportunities to grow her skills, volunteer, participate in leadership positions, and have a voice within her company. Outside of work, Allison’s passions include running, cooking, organizing literally anything, and traveling with her husband.
“In association management, a person can wear many hats and that’s appealing.”
Evan Rotert is assistant director of communications at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS). In this role, he manages the society’s presidential outreach, digital media, and numerous other projects, in addition to lending his editorial expertise to ISMS publications. In previous positions at ISMS, he led the transition of the society’s policy manual to a searchable online database and was deeply involved in the planning and execution of the ISMS Annual Meeting and other events. A Certified Association Executive with a decade of association experience, he strives to be a true “jack of all trades” and practice servant leadership as a way of life. He holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor’s in Biblical Literature from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. A native of Chicago’s western suburbs, Evan and his wife Elizabeth (a speech-language pathologist) look forward to welcoming their first child in the fall of 2019.
“No day is ever the same—it’s fun for me to work in that kind of space.”
Lindsey Josephs is the Marketing and Outreach Manager for the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS). She has been with ISMS for more than 6 years. After starting out as an Outreach Representative, Lindsey began taking on more responsibilities and serves as the staff liaison to the Resident and Fellow Section, the Medical Student Section and one of ISMS’ councils. Additionally, Lindsey now oversees the marketing, branding and recruitment and retention efforts of the organization, in addition to being involved in program development and various other projects.
After graduating from Saint Xavier University with a double major in Management and Marketing, Lindsey began working as a project manager for a small Chicago-based company. While planning her future, Lindsey decided she wanted to work in a mission-driven organization where the work of the organization makes a difference for others. She soon realized her true passion could be found in the non-profit world.
What Lindsey enjoys most about working with ISMS is that no two days are ever the same. Working in this industry allows for continuous learning, which is equally challenging and rewarding.
Understanding the challenges being faced and evolving marketing strategies, Lindsey recently became a Professional Certified Marketer® in Digital Marketing. Lindsey also regularly attends the AAMSE Annual Meeting and is serving as the Chair of the 2019 State Membership Directors Meeting, in addition to being one of the judges for the Profiles of Excellence Awards.