My Workspace: Top of the World

By: Julie Shoop

Megan Backes has a special collection of leadership mementos—and a view to die for.

As manager of professional chapters for the American Marketing Association in downtown Chicago, Megan Backes works with volunteers to coordinate AMA's annual Leadership Summit for incoming chapter board members. Her office is adorned with reminders of past summits and the people who made them happen.

"To make Summit fresh and fun, we select a new theme each year. Past themes have revolved around game shows, cruising, and films," Backes says. "I display my favorite presenter apparel and attendee tchotchkes on the window ledge by my desk to remind me all year long of the great times I've had and strong bonds I've formed with chapter leaders at Summit."

And the backdrop to her gallery? A bird's-eye view of Lake Michigan from her 58th-floor office. Now that's a summit.

Julie Shoop is editor-in-chief of Associations Now in Washington, DC. Email: [email protected]

Photo credit: Megan Backes

Julie Shoop

Julie Shoop

Julie Shoop is editor-in-chief of Associations Now in Washington, DC.