Association Professionals Reflect on Black History Month

We revisit interviews with four Black association professionals. We also want to know what Black History Month means to you!

By Association Forum

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Last year, we interviewed four Black association professionals who served as the first Black person in their respective roles. Artesha Moore, FASAE, CAE, conducted these interviews during her first month in her role as president & CEO of Association Forum. While Moore is not Association Forum’s first Black CEO, she knows the distinction well, having spent her career breaking down barriers and paving the way for Black women in the association space.

We want to revisit these interviews to remind the association community of the stories and triumphs that lie within our industry. We hope you are inspired by these Black leaders and also take the opportunity to reflect on what Black History Month means to you. If you are a Black association professional, we’d love for you to answer the same questions posed in these videos. Fill out the form here and your answers may be published on Association Forum’s social media channels, or this magazine.

Terrence Sykes, MBA, Chief Growth Officer, Emergency Nurses Association

Jacqualine Price Osafo, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, Society of American Archivists

Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP, DES,

Jonathan Adams, CAE, Director of Information Technology, Water Quality Association

Thank you to the associations leaders featured in this video. Don’t forget to fill out the questionnaire and tell us what Black History Month means to you!

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