From imposter syndrome to stepping into opportunities when they present themselves, a master of personal growth, Michelle Mills Clement discusses how she’s advanced her career by being open to taking on new responsibilities. Hear inspiring stories of community, growth and support from those who work alongside her within association management — both peers and the volunteers. Michelle shares ways mentors and colleagues have inspired her and how authentic leadership can create meaningful connections in both professional and personal life.
“Don’t be afraid to make a move, you can always come home, which is what I’ve learn. You come back stronger, more engaged, and you’ve learned a lot about yourself.”
Michelle Mills Clement is the CEO of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, the “Voice for Real Estate in Chicago.” An experienced association executive for more than thirteen years,
Mills Clement previously served as president and CEO of the Commercial Brokers Association (CBA) and association executive for the Washington State Commercial Association of
REALTORS®. Prior to joining CBA, Mills Clement served as the Executive Director of NAIOP Washington State Chapter, the Commercial Real Estate & Development Association, where she
implemented best practices in board governance and volunteer management.
Mills Clement was very active in the Chicagoland association industry prior to her move to the Pacific Northwest. She was employed with the Association Forum of Chicagoland as the Senior
Manager of Member Communities & Programs. She previously held positions with the largest association management company in the world, SmithBucklin Corporation, serving
both healthcare and trade association clients. Prior to SmithBucklin, she held fundraising and volunteer management positions with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Boy Scouts
of America, where she consistently exceeded fundraising and membership goals.
She is an active member of ASAE: The Center for Association Excellence and the Association Forum of Chicagoland. In June 2013, she was named an American Society of Association
Executive’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar, a prestigious executive leadership program awarded to only twelve executive-level association management
professionals per year. She was also awarded the Young & Aspiring Association Professional Award from Association TRENDS in 2013, named a Forty Under 40 Award recipient by the
Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE in 2014, and most recently received the Women of Excellence in Male-Dominated Careers by the Women of Color Empowered & Northwest
Asian Weekly for her work in the commercial real estate industry in the pacific northwest.
She is a native Chicagoan and enjoys political campaign fundraising and volunteer management. She was integral in the election of Congresswoman Robin Kelly (DIL)
from Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District in Illinois. When not with her family, she volunteers her time as President for the Bradley University Black Alumni Alliance. She is also an active
member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves on the National Social Action Commission, a commission responsible for setting the legislative agenda for the 300,000+
She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Bradley University in Peoria and her master’s degree in nonprofit management from DePaul University. She has a certificate in
commercial real estate from the University of Washington and earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification from ASAE.
She enjoys traveling with her family, volunteering, and cheering on the Chicago Bears (when they’re winning). She resides in Chicago with her husband Brace Clement, and
their son Broyce.