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2021 Awards Day PDF Print Email
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 03:56 PM

 DFWAE 2O21 Awards Day

 
Award of Excellence
Shawna Strickland, PhD, CAE, American Epilepsy Society
Board of Directors
Natalie Clark, 2019-2021, Promotional Products Association International
Greg Vaughn, IOM, 2019-2021, Texas Association of Workforce Boards
Darrin Sheid, CAE, 2017-2021, American Osteopathic Association
Jonathan Kraatz, 2012-2021, USGBC Texas Chapter
CAE of the Year Award
Valerie Bakies-Lile, CAE, American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
DFWAE Executive of the Year Award
Janet Kane, CAE, CIPS, RCE, MetroTex Association of REALTORS
Distinguished Associate Company of the Year Award
SENGII
Distinguished Association(s) of the Year Award
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
 
DFWAE President's Award
Amanda Wells, CMP, DES, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Star Award
Shasta Foy, CAE 
Leslie Shannon, CPA, SST Accountants & Consultants
Mark Jones, CAE
Leona Scott, JEP Marketing Communications
Cristina Rodriguez, CAE, IOM, Fusion Marketing
Scott Murphy, American Heart Association
Amanda Feil, CAE, American Association for Respiratory Care
Wayne James Award
Cathey Wise, CAE
Young Professional Award
Lauren Wright, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
Thank you to our Sponsors!
 
2021-2022 DFWAE Board of Directors Approved PDF Print Email
Thursday, June 10, 2021 09:55 PM

The 2021-2022 DFWAE Officer and Director Positions have been elected by acclamation and are listed below.

The DFWAE Board of Directors comprises five officers, seven Regular members, two Associate members, and one CVB/Hospitality member, for a total of 15 members.

 

PRESIDENT
Shawna Strickland, PhD, CAE – American Epilepsy Society

PRESIDENT ELECT
Valerie Bakies-Lile, CAE - American College of Osteopathic OBGYNs

TREASURER
Alyssa Meek, CMP - Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

SECRETARY
Shasta Foy, CAE

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Mollie Pillman, MS-HSM, MBA, CAE - American Osteopathic Association

MEMBER DIRECTOR
Amanda Feil, CAE - American Association for Respiratory Care

MEMBER DIRECTOR
Melissa Ball, CAE - National Athletic Trainers' Association

MEMBER DIRECTOR
Eme Augustini - National Association of Dental Plans

MEMBER DIRECTOR
Beth Roach - American College of Osteopathic OBGYNs

MEMBER DIRECTOR
Kim Hopkins - CREW Dallas

MEMBER DIRECTOR
Cathey Wise, CAE

MEMBER DIRECTOR
Greta Zeimetz, PhD, CAE, - American Association of Professional Landmen

ASSOCIATE MEMBER DIRECTOR
Leslie Shannon - Salmon Sims Thomas

ASSOCIATE MEMBER DIRECTOR
David Ferrer - Alchemer, iDonate

CVB/HOSPITALITY MEMBER DIRECTOR
Amanda Wells - Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, we wish to express our deepest appreciation to all nominees and nominators for their interest in serving in a DFWAE leadership role.

DFWAE Nominating Committee Members

Jonathan Kraatz - USGBC Texas Chapter(Immediate Past President / Chair)
Debi Kensell - Restaurant Facility Management Association (Regular Member)
Greg Vaughn - Texas Association of Workforce Boards (Regular Member)
Kris Williams - International News Media Association (Regular Member)
Melanie Hoover - Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB Member)
Leona Scott - JEP Marketing Communications (Associate Member) 

 
DFWAE DEI Task Force organizes into workgroups, seeks new volunteers PDF Print Email
Thursday, June 10, 2021 09:39 PM

By Eme Augustini, DEI Task Force Member 


The DFWAE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force continues its work to analyze DFWAE governance and activities in light of the Association’s statement and commitment to DEI: 

People feel a sense of belonging when differences are embraced and valued. DFWAE is dedicated to nurturing equality by creating spaces for the voices least heard, providing educational opportunities to grow leaders, instilling a greater understanding of diverse and equitable environments, and expanding opportunities to collaborate with one another to ensure DFWAE is reflective of the larger, richer community of association voices. We commit to raising awareness and cultivating an atmosphere and culture that is inclusive for all.


The Task Force meets monthly and organizes its efforts into several workgroups: 

  • Data collection: To assess DFWAE’s currently available demographic information, design information collection processes, and consider benchmarks related to DEI.

  • Bylaws/policy review: To review the DFWAE Bylaws & Policies and whether they cultivate and support a culture of DEI.

  • Website/marketing review: Review the DFWAE website and marketing to determine if they support inclusion and reflect the DEI Statement.

  • Education/resource development: To recommend DEI education and resources that should be developed for members and the organizations they support.


Two additional workgroups related to Nominating Process Review and the DEI Statement have concluded their work. 


The Task Force and four Workgroups listed above are open to new members. Contact Janet Kane if you are interested in volunteering. 


Please stay tuned—the Task Force will keep DFWAE members apprised of its activities and share DEI-related resources in future newsletters.


Eme Augustini is the executive director of the National Association of Dental Plans.  

 
What I Wish I Had Known About the CAE PDF Print Email
Thursday, April 29, 2021 06:24 PM

What I wish I had known about pursuing the CAE designation 

By Kimberly Hopkins, DFWAE Board Member and 2021 CAE candidate

I recently started my 14th year in the association industry.  About 8 years in, I discovered that there was a designation for the industry and started contemplating whether it was something I wanted to pursue, and its value in my career.  In hindsight, I realize I spent much of my early career in association management entrenched in the industry in which the association I work for represents. When I decided to join DFWAE in 2014, it provided an outlet to build my professional contacts and gain access to relevant education for career growth that I had not had before.

 

 

As I attended DFWAE events, I would frequently come across DFWAE members who had earned their designation and it was a constant reminder and inspiration to me.  I continued to question whether I had the time and focus needed to earn my designation and thought about it as being a far-off goal.  

Then, I attended DFWAE A Day in 2018.  I was introduced to Darrin Scheid while browsing the expo booth and there is no way he could have known how encouraging his words were.  He briefly shared his CAE journey and how the designation has positively impacted his career.  It was likely a 6 minute conversation from what I remember, but it inspired me and gave me the first realization that there are study resources available to CAE candidates.  After A Day that year I decided that this far-off goal was something I did desire and for the first time, it wasn’t as overwhelming to think about it.    

In 2019, I wrote down on a sticky note that my career and personal goal was to take the CAE exam in 2020.  The timing for this felt slow and steady and manageable.  I had accumulated about 1/3 of the required continuing education hours in 2017 and knew that the hours were good for up to 5 years so also had a sense of urgency and found the focus that I needed to launch me on the designation path.

2020, you were not the year any of us imagined!  I ultimately decided I was not capable of adding to my responsibilities in my personal life so let my CAE exam goal slide into 2021.

2021 - a new year offers renewed focus and energy!  I registered for the DFWAE CAE Study group, joined ASAE, purchased the recommended reading and for the first time clicked “Start CAE Application” on the website.  Once again, it felt overwhelming as I realized I was not as organized as I wish I had been with tracking my continuing education hours, and literally went on a hunt to gather my hours which were captured in various emails, pdf certificates and account log ins.  I could have easily decided to forego pursuing the exam, I thought “technically we are still in the middle of a pandemic and life is still a bit crazy”.  As I wavered again I attended the first CAE study group meeting and again felt inspired.  The small group conversation and guidance I could envision receiving throughout the spring put a stop to my procrastination.  Before the application deadline, I submitted all of the required items, and four days later I received notification that my application was accepted to take the exam in May or December.  

To other individuals who have thought about pursuing their CAE, here are a few things I wish I had known the first time I dreamingly thought about my desire to work towards my CAE:

  1. You are not alone in the CAE pursuit.  Through DFWAE and other professional groups, there are individuals who are happy to share their experiences and they just might provide the inspiration you didn’t know you needed.  
  2. As a member of DFWAE you have access to one of the most valuable membership resources; CAE’s.  DFWAE members who are CAE’s openly share their wisdom and guide you - whether organically through your interactions on a committee, during networking or more formally such as the study group meetings.   
  3. It is never too early to start tracking your continuing education hours.  Start a spreadsheet and have columns for the date, total hours, title of the education, brief marketing blurb, instructor name(s) and who the continuing education was through (i.e. DFWAE, ASAE etc.).
  4. Take a brief inventory of where you feel you are lacking in knowledge based on the CAE Exam Content Outline and look for continuing education that addresses your gap areas.  
  5. When you register/attend a DFWAE event, your CAE hours are tracked in your member profile, making it easy for you to import into your application.  

Joining DFWAE to be inspired was not something that crossed my mind in 2014 but the opportunities are plentiful!

Congratulations to the 43 current DFWAE members who are Certificate Association Executives!  And, a final thought to anyone who has contemplated their own CAE journey, get a sticky pad and write down “CAE exam ______” and fill in your year and get started.

 

 
DFWAE Adopts Formal DEI Statement PDF Print Email
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 09:11 AM

DFWAE Adopts Formal DEI Statement

After months of work, DFWAE's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and the Board of Directors have adopted a formal DEI statement on behalf of the organization. This philosophy will become part of DFWAE's core values, and be woven into the future work of the association through strategic planning, policy setting, nominations, and all other critical areas.

The statement reads:

People feel a sense of belonging when differences are embraced and valued. DFWAE is dedicated to nurturing equality by creating spaces for the voices least heard, providing educational opportunities to grow leaders, instilling a greater understanding of diverse and equitable environments; and expanding opportunities to collaborate with one another to ensure DFWAE is reflective of the larger, richer community of association voices. We recognize there is still work to be done and commit to cultivating an atmosphere and culture that is inclusive for all.

The 2020-2021 DEI Task Force members include:

Janet Kane, MetroTex Association of REALTORS (Chair)
Shasta Foy, Society of Petroleum Engineers (Board Liaison)
Doug Laher, American Association for Respiratory Care
Laura Venhaus, American Association of Professional Landmen
Mark Jones, enSYNC Corporation
Eme Augustini, National Association of Dental Plans
Julie Kwane, Promotional Products Association International
Katie Gimenez, Plano Chamber of Commerce
Heather Zrubek, National Association of Episcopal Schools
Riane Gay, American College of Emergency Physicians
Sheena Beaver, Dallas Builders Association
Leona Scott, JEP Marketing Communications
Maurice Norris, Promotional Products Association International

 
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