Author: Debra BenAvram

Transformative association executive with 16+ years of experience effectively growing and leading associations and professional societies. Strong passion for the design of strong organizational cultures to optimize value to stakeholders. Leverages progressive cultural models to incorporate integration among all team members and eliminate silos, and employees innovative talent management approaches to engage employees and drive strong outcomes.

Earned Fellow designation in 2016, and Certified Association Executive certification in 2005. Recognized as a Forty Under 40 Business Leader in 2015 by Washington Business Journal; in 2013 as a Top CEO by CEO Update. Received Forty Under 40 Association Leaders award by Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE, and in 2010 was recognized with ASAE’s Emerging Leader Award, Women Who Promote Excellence in Associations.


How a culture of collaboration expanded our reach

When I interview potential new employees, I like to show them our version of a staff chart. I am always met with surprise. “This doesn’t look like the traditional box and line drawing I usually see.” That’s because it isn’t. When I first took over as CEO at the American Society for Parenteral & Enteral […]