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  • AUG 10, 2020

    Professional Associations and the New Normal


    Joel Albizo (Chief Executive Officer, American Planning Association) and Pamela Kaul (Founder, President & CEO, Association Strategies, Inc.) will speak on the topic of Professional Associations and the New Normal during our September 2 Enforme Collaborative.

    About the Presenters

    Joel Albizo

    As chief executive officer of the American Planning Association, Joel partners with elected leadership, members, staff, partners, and advisors to help create great communities for everyone.

    Joel previously served as CEO of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, where he led innovations in professional testing, regulatory advocacy, and association governance. He also served as deputy executive director for the Society of Actuaries, where he led major organizational change initiatives as well as an award-wining branding program.

    As a volunteer leader, Joel served as president of the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards, whose members serve over 500 boards who regulate some five million professional licensees. He also served as a board member and treasurer of the American Society of Association Executives and was named a Fellow in 2009.

    At the local level, Joel served as president of the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, where he led its first strategic planning process and helped the team earn national awards for chapter leadership and excellence in professional development programming.

    Since March of 2020, while working from home, Joel has broadened his repertoire of songs on the guitar and is taking requests.

    Pamela Kaul

    Pamela offers three decades of experience in executive search, transition management, and organization development. As President & Founder, she pioneered ASI’s unique systems-based approach to executive search, and since founding the company in 1986, she has successfully applied it to deliver superior talent to hundreds of leading associations, foundations, NGOs and philanthropic institutions. A recognized specialist in organizational assessment and development programs, Pamela has piloted hundreds of clients through CEO and Board organizational assessments, Board recruitment, and paradigm shifts requiring business acumen, cultural sensitivity, and awareness of the uniqueness of individual environments.

    After leading human resource development (HRD), business operations, and major change efforts for several large, Washington-based trade and professional associations, Pamela launched her executive search career in 1983 with a national recruiting firm. Recruited by the firm to open and staff a new division, Pamela successfully expanded its practice into the nonprofit arena. For nearly two years she was a member of ASAE’s executive management team retained to launch an HRD program and a transition in staff culture.

    Recognized as a leader in the field, Pamela was awarded ASAE’s Industry Partner of the Year in 2011, is a founding member of the National Non-Profit Search Consultants (NNSC), and has recently spearheaded a major research initiative, Leadership 2020, to identify CEO competencies for effective nonprofit leaders in 2020. The first of its kind, the study surveyed three groups: emerging leaders, current CEO’s and volunteer leaders. Preliminary findings were released, with several study groups and a toolkit to follow in the months ahead.

    Pamela served a 3-year term on the Nominating Committee for SCORE, currently serves on the boards of the Guide Dog Foundation/America’s Vet Dogs, and Strings, a performing arts organization., and is an industry advisor to Boards, Committees and CEO’s. She is a frequent speaker and presenter for business and professional organizations and a requested presenter at national conferences and national/international meetings. A former columnist for Associations Now, formerly Association Management magazine, Pamela has also written on career management executive search and succession planning. Pamela’s passion for promoting the continuing growth and success of nonprofit organizations and the missions they serve, her commitment to continual learning and testing the status quo make Association Strategies, Inc. what it is today: a leader in guiding organizations through leadership succession, transition and change.

    Pamela has many personal passions, namely, industry research and the creation of new models of practice, a number of philanthropic causes and a home in the mountains of CO. She holds a BS degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and splits her time between Chicago, IL and Alexandria, VA.