Diversity and Inclusion Challenges for Associations

In the middle of the tough times our country is currently facing, diversity and inclusion are still important issues that people are trying to implement. This is occurring across college campuses, businesses, etc.

Some of these places are getting an A+ for the work they’re doing to make this happen, others not so much. How does this look in the Association world? Are we excelling or just achieving a passing grade? How can we all work together to improve upon this even further?

On Tuesday, January 17th, at 2pm EDT Association Chat is going to tackle this topic. We aim to find out what we can all do to make the association world an even more diverse and inclusive place! We’ll be achieving this with the help of our guest, Shawn Boynes (@shawnboynes).

About Shawn Boynes, CAE

Shawn’s career spans 21 years in the non-profit sector. His expertise in association management has driven positive growth for many organizations.

Shawn is the Executive Director for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) in Bethesda, MD. AAA is a $2 million, 501(c)(3) professional society committed to advancing anatomy through research, education, and professional development opportunities for its members. Shawn is responsible for working with the Board of Directors on governance, strategy, membership growth, and building collaborative relationships with like-minded organizations. He has primary oversight of day-to-day operations including all financial management.

Prior to assuming his current role, Shawn served on the senior management team for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). APIC is a $12 million, 501(c)(3) healthcare organization with 15,000 members worldwide and 117 chapters. Shawn managed a $4 million budget and led the education department with a staff team of seven professionals to develop new and grow existing live and online learning programs. During his tenure at APIC, he increased conference revenue by 30%; increased online education revenue by 80%; and increased sponsorship revenue by 60%.

During his career, he has also worked for a broad variety of other non-profit organizations including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, American Trucking Associations, and the Association of Corporate Counsel where he led the organization’s foundation and worked with the foundation’s Board of Directors on diversity and pro bono initiatives in the legal sector.

Shawn serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). ASAE is a $33 million, 501(c)(6) non-profit organization representing over 21,000 association professionals. He has also served on the organization’s Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission, Professional Development Council, and Healthcare Community Committee.

Shawn graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.

Professional Affiliations
American Society of Association Executives – Member and Board of Directors
Diversity Executive Leadership Program

Follow Shawn on Twitter: @shawnboynes

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2 Thoughts to “Diversity and Inclusion Challenges for Associations”

  1. Jason Murphy


    How can I connect with Mr. Shawn personally?

    1. kiki@amplifiedgrowth.net

      Hi Jason! You can email hom at boyness [AT] comcast [DOT] net.

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