ASWA Honorary Board Meeting

By: Diana Cummins, Manager, Association Services, ASWA

The Executive Committee of the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) National Board met in DC this weekend for several meetings. For the first time, we held an “Honorary Board Meeting,” designed as an intimate forum for the Executive Committee, headquarters staff, and highest level Honorary Trustee partners to have a conversation about ASWA’s key initiatives.

As someone relatively new to the association world, and to the workforce in general, I haven’t had much contact with Honorary Trustee partners outside of a more formal setting. I had assumed that most interaction with our partners would focus around us working for them. But this meeting wasn’t about trying to impress our partners; the discussion was completely focused on ASWA and our needs as we work to leverage our brand, promote diversity of thought within our organization, and secure new partners.

At the risk of sounding cliché, the meeting was completely energizing. Our partners gave us some great ideas and volunteered to do quite a bit of work for us! One of the most important things I took away from the meeting is that if you ask for what you need, those who have an investment in you will share their knowledge to promote growth. Seems simple in theory, but actually seeing this in action was pretty significant to me.