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Summary: Annual Meeting & Expo attendees describe some of their best career moments.

Attendees at the 2011 ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo in St. Louis had a chance to share some of their favorite success stories from their careers when they visited the Career Advancement Center, hosted by ASAE's CareerHQ. Here is a sampling of what they had to say.

"Coordinating a statewide advocacy campaign and bringing together top-notch lobbying firms, association members, and families living with autism or intellectual disabilities to (successfully!) stave off significant proposed budget cuts to services this year."

—Gabrielle Sedor, communications director, PAR - Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Email:

"After only two years as events and sponsorships manager, I sold out the exhibit hall and all major sponsorship opportunities in only two months. I was shocked, and my boss is still bragging that he hired me!"

—Kwedi Gipson, events and sponsorship manager, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles. Email:

"When I joined my first nonprofit, I didn't realize I was on a career path within association management. I think my proudest moment was when that light bulb turned on. I've since earned the CAE credential. (Another proud day!)"

—Jamie Beaulieu, CAE, senior director, The Tax Council, Washington, DC. Email:

"Helping our certification system design team. By applying lean business process facilitation to their application process, we cut application-processing lag time (nonpeak) by 80 percent and reduced mean time to professional certification by more than 60 percent. The project even won the Avectra Users and Developers Conference 2010 award for 'Most Radical Change to a Business Process.'"

—Kate Evans Pollin, manager, business systems analysis and consulting, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, Maryland. Email:

"Under my direction, our board just approved a new affiliate association focused on green manufacturing."

—Jim Warren, director, member services and education, FMA-Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, Rockford, Illinois. Email:

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