Pat Blake has energy and passion for many things – especially change. In this episode, hear how she identifies and embraces new opportunities – from transitioning to a new CEO role to becoming president of ASAE. Pat offers practical advice and insights regarding small group dynamics, building trust and how to navigate difficult issues and isolation faced by today’s CEOs.
“When embarking on a new endeavor, think about what skills are needed to help you and others grow.”
As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Blake leads the 6,000+ member professional society in its goal to end death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders. Ms. Blake joined HRS in March 2019 and is privileged to continue to expand HRS’ position as the premier global resource for information on heart arrhythmias, which serve over 35,000 constituents across six countries.
Patricia Blake began her association career as a meeting planner for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in Dearborn, Michigan. She relocated to Minneapolis to join the American Academy of Neurology where she ultimately served as the Deputy Executive Director. Pat and her family relocated again to Chicago to serve as the Executive Director for the Emergency Nurses Association. In 2002, she was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) a 15,000 member professional medical association.
Throughout her career, Pat’s deep understanding of organizational culture and small group dynamics has enabled her to work effectively with member leaders and staff to transform, build and grow each organization she has served. Her strong believe in collaboration and patient focus has served as a cornerstone of her leadership. Ms. Blake served as a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Business Services Board, was named an ASAE Fellow in 2013, served as a Director on the ASAE Board, and is currently the ASAE Foundation Chair and the Chair-elect of ASAE. Ms. Blake is a former Chair and an active member of the Key Professional Associations Committee (KPAC). She is a past Board member and Chair of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the 2014-15 Shapiro Award recipient.