December 9, 2020

The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Host Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, ASAE’s SVP of Public Policy welcomes co-host Robb Lee, ASAE’s Chief Marketing and Product Strategy Officer for a series of personal and poignant interviews about DEI and the current landscape resulting from the news-making injustices of 2020 and systemic racism of years past. Guests include two co-founders of Texts to Table, a platform for conversations about race and leadership, Irving Washington, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director at Online News Association and Donte Shannon, FASAE, CAE, CEO at Association of Equipment Management Professionals who join together to reflect on today’s political climate, focusing on race within leadership. The podcast also welcomes ASAE’s Cortney Whitlow, Manager, Meeting Registration & Industry Partner Engagement, who brings to life ASAE’s Black Moments in Film program which impacted the association’s staff in immeasurable ways. And, Janet Smith, president of the Ivy Planning Group – a consulting and training company that specializes in diversity, strategy and change management – joins Mary Kate and Robb to provide invaluable perspective on how to sustain DEI initiatives with meaning and purpose. Notes: DEI Resources

October 26, 2020

The Power of Civil Discourse

Host Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, and guest co-host Arlene Pietranton, FASAE, CAE, and CEO of ASHA interview three experts on the importance of civility and the risks of a lack of listening with an intent to learn. They welcome Pete Peterson, Dean of the Public Policy School at Pepperdine, Jean Card co-host of Bipodisan, and Timothy Shaffer of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Show Notes: Utah Governors Ad, ASHA’s civility toolkit, and a variety of resources from NICD,,,

September 23, 2020

The Power to Fuel Recovery

Host Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, speaks with four female leaders within the association community to discuss how their transportation and infrastructure industry work is helping fuel recovery. Featured are Lakisha Woods, CAE, President and CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences; Nicole Vasilaros, Senior Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association; Kristin Smith, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Association of American Railroads, and Laura Perrotta, CAE, President and CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance.

September 8, 2020

2020 Summit Award winners – Part 2

Part 2 of this episode features three of the six 2020 ASAE Power of A Summit Award winners about their exceptional efforts to strengthen society. Host Mary Kate Cunningham speaks with Alex Hofmann, Vice President, Engineering Services, of the American Public Power Association, about their efforts to get unelectrified Navajo Nation homes on the grid; Rhian Allvin, CEO of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, on their efforts to support sustained, quality childhood education; and Marie-Caroline Strok Director of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Alliance Gender Parity Initiative on their efforts to accelerate workplace diversity.