What do you really do at work?
As Executive Director for ASOT and NAFTNET, I ensure that all programs, activities, services of these associations run smoothly, and that they directly benefit and add value to it’s members. I support the volunteer professionals of each association, and do what I can to make their lives easier. This includes support for the board/executive committees, budget/finance, annual meeting, membership, marketing, etc.
Describe your Perfect Day.
A perfect day would be a day at the beach or pool, with a skinny margarita and no responsibilities.
What’s your Superpower?
Empathy is my superpower. Whenever I interact with someone, I put myself in their shoes so that I can recognize their point of view. I always take into consideration how people may feel in certain situations.
What’s your life motto?
"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose without regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is." — Mary Ann Radmacher
What inspires you?
Women in leadership.
Monae has over 13 years of professional association experience. She recently served as Director of Membership for the International Interior Design Association with over 15,000 members spread across 58 countries. While there, she managed the association’s chapter grant program, various awards programs, board governance and nominations, recruitment and retention of members, member invoicing, annual conference planning, and volunteer engagement. She is passionate about creating an enjoyable and welcoming environment, diversity and inclusion, and being a trusted resource for members and volunteers.
Monae is a Chicago native, and holds an MBA from Roosevelt University. She is a member and active volunteer of ASAE, and Association Forum, and recently joined AMCI and Associations North. She was named an Association Forum Forty Under 40 Award recipient in 2019. In her spare time, Monae enjoys traveling, swimming, decorating, spending time with family and friends, and exploring new restaurants/activities in Chicago. Her 4 year old son also keeps her pretty busy with baseball practice and swimming lessons throughout the week.