How I Got Here: Janet McEwen, CAE

Leadership Associations Now September/October 2014

Her first job was as a wig salesperson at a local department store, but today she's director of corporate relations at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Find out how she got from there to now.

Janet McEwen, CAE, director, corporate relations, American Society of Radiologic Technologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has come a long way since selling wigs at Winkelman's Department Store in the '70s. Yet, the lessons learned earlier in her career remain with her today. One that sticks out: "Be nice to everyone. Today's 'no' may be next month's 'yes.' And today's customer or member may be the big boss five years from now." A few highlights from her career path:

1972: Wig salesperson at Winkelman's Department Store

1973–1975: Garbage line worker at her college cafeteria (Alma College)

1976: Ad layout staffer for the Tawas Shopper weekly newspaper

1977: Chapter services secretary at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

1979–1986: Chapter services director at ACEP

1987–1988: Weight Watchers instructor

1994–2008: Director of grants and corporate relations at ACEP

2008–Present: Director of corporate relations at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists