May 8, 2020

The Power to Fight COVID-19

In this episode of Stronger By Association, we speak to four association leaders, among the many, who are on the forefront of helping America and the world fight and respond to COVID-19. Host Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, Vice President of Public Policy, opens the episode with ASAE President & CEO Susan Robertson, CAE, and welcomes heads of the paper, distilled spirits, power, and blood bank industries and sectors. Tom Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute, Chris Swonger, President & CEO of DISCUS, Debra BenAvram, CEO of AABB, and Heidi Brock, President and CEO of AF&PA join the discussion to describe ways in which their members are responding to the needs to the public during the pandemic and beyond.

April 1, 2020

The Power of Advocacy (COVID-19 Edition)

Associations have been hard at work fulfilling the needs of their members, as well as the publics they serve. ASAE’s public policy team gathers to discuss what they are doing to help associations achieve their missions during this time of crisis, including providing updates on pending funding and legislation. We also speak with Nate Smith, vice president of Government Relations of the American Traffic Safety Services Association, to discuss how they are advocating for public safety and security. ASAE’s Vice President of Development Garet Turner, CMP, CAE, discusses the organization’s Drivers of Change research.

April 1, 2020

The Power to Solve Problems

In this episode of Stronger By Association, we speak to association leaders and a former member of Congress to share ways that associations solve important societal problems. Our host, Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, Vice President of Public Policy, talks to Angela Holland, president of the Summit Award winning Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, whose members help successfully fight human trafficking. Congressman Jim Kolbe (AZ) recounts how associations make life better in his districts and state. And, American Counseling Association Natasha Rankin, CAE, COO of the American Counseling Association, brings to life programs that earned her organization ASAE Power of A Summit Awards. ASAE’s Vice President of Development Garet Turner co-hosts the episode.

February 26, 2020

The Power to Strengthen the World

This episode of Stronger By Association highlights the impact of associations globally. Our host, Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE, Vice President of Public Policy, talks to Arlene Pietranton, PhD, CAE, and CEO of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association about their Country Capacity Building Initiative with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Antony Duttine from PAHO speaks about how other associations can forge similar partnerships. To view the 2018 Summit Award video about this program click here.

ASAE’s Greta Kotler, CAE, Chief Global Development Officer, joins to talk about trends and updates on the association community around the world. ASAE’s Ashley Roberts, volunteer liaison to the ASAE international section council, co-hosts the episode.

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