Annual Summit Awards

Association executives, industry partners, community leaders, and business and government representatives come together each year at ASAE’s Annual Power of Associations – Summit Awards. This premier event in the association industry honors six award-winning programs that have made a significant impact in their community.

The 24th Annual Power of Associations – Summit Awards will take place Thursday, September 28, 2023, at the National Building Museum.

Reception to begin at 6:15 p.m.
Main event and dinner to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Business Dress
Complimentary Valet Parking Available.

The Summit Dinner is sold out. To join the wait list contact



2023 Co-Chairs

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
The American Institute of Architects
Chair of the ASAE Board

Clarence E. Anthony
CEO and Executive Director
National League of Cities

Chris Jahn
President and CEO
American Chemistry Council


Bronze Sponsors

ahhc of NC
washington DC
haney company



Thank you to our selection committee.


Mark A. Vasquez, CAE

Vice Chair

Victoria Forlini, CAE

Immediate Past Chair

Barry S. Pilson, CAE

Committee Members:

Barbara J. Armentrout, CAE

Bill C. Bruce, CAE

Stacie East, CAE

Amy L. Friskney

Jeanette C Gass

Allen Haney, FASAE, CAE

Melissa J. Heeke, CAE

Barb Herod, CMP

Jakub Konysz, CAE

Dawn P. Latham, IOM, CAE

JoAnna Leon

Elizabeth E. Maddox, CAE

Brandi McGrath Kong

Anuja Miner

Barry S. Pilson, CAE

James G. Potter

Emily Reineke, CAE

Jason Spessard, CAE

Shonzia Thompson, CMP, CAE

Rachel D. Tristano, CAE

Heidi Weber, CAE



About the Summit Awards

The Summit Awards, founded by George D. Kirkland, CAE, is ASAE’s signature event of the year showcasing the unique and indispensable role associations play in America and around the world in bettering communities, fostering volunteer efforts, and harnessing the collective will and expertise of their members to ensure a better quality of life. As reinforced by the Power of Associations program, America's associations have the power to drive the economy, put people to work, prepare for the future, and enrich lives. The Summit Awards is our industry's chance to celebrate our profession and share that positive message with other key audiences.

Proceeds from the Summit Awards directly benefit ASAE's Power of Associations Fund, which provides the resources ASAE needs to lobby Congress, activate grassroots networks, hold forums with elected officials, perform research, and continue to share the Power of A message with legislators, the media, and other opinion leaders.

For more information, contact:
Mary Kate Cunningham, CAE
Senior Vice President, Public Policy