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AAMSE Leadership Academy 2024

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Association Management |  Communication |  Leadership |  Professional Development
Brent Annear |  Steve Coats |  April Troutman Donahue |  Erin Henke, CAE |  Missy Lundberg |  Ms. Kelsey McQuaid-Craig MPA CAE |  Miranda Mosley
2 Days
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The Leadership Academy is a two-day, highly-interactive, in-person event that is one of AAMSE's highest rated programs

As a medical society professional, your position requires effective and creative leadership skills to manage boards, committees, members and staff. As the only leadership training program specific to the needs of medical societies, the AAMSE Leadership Academy provides a unique educational opportunity to learn the strategies, tools and techniques to enhance your individual leadership style and talents.

Becoming an Exemplary Leader

What does it take to be an exemplary leader?

In contrast to the popular theory that 'leaders are born, not made," we believe that every person has the potential to lead. The Leadership Challenge® is a results-proven leadership development model created by bestselling authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, backed by over 30 years of original research and data from over 3 million leaders. Participants will experience and apply the Five Practices of Exemplary leadership and learn how to mobilize and motivate others to get extraordinary things done.

Also included in the workshop is the Leadership Practices Inventory® 360 Feedback Tool, which allows you to ask for feedback from colleagues, your manager and direct reports if you have them. We will help you understand your LPI results and create a personal development plan that highlights your leadership goals and strategies.

Program details, including content areas and speakers will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.


During the AAMSE Leadership Academy, you will work with fellow attendees to seek solutions to challenging problems through team-building tasks, an exchange of ideas, sharing experiences and developing relationships with individuals who are striving toward common goals. Upon completion, you'll become part of a growing group of Academy graduates whose network for sharing ideas, expertise and best practices will benefit you for a lifetime.


The Leadership Academy begins with a personal assessment of your individual leadership practices. Prior to the Academy, each attendee completes a confidential online Leadership Practice Inventory (LPI). The LPI is a 360-degree assessment instrument developed by Kouzes and Posner which helps you assess your current leadership practices and enables you to further develop and improve your skills.

Working in small groups to solve leadership dilemmas, you will learn the following principles of Kouzes and Posner's The Leadership Challenge® and apply concepts in practical settings:

Model the Way

  • Setting a personal example of what is expected
  • Asking for feedback on how your actions affect people's performance
  • Building consensus around organizations values
  • Being clear about your philosophy of leadership

Inspire a Shared Vision

  • Talking about future trends influencing our work
  • Showing how others' interests can be realized
  • Painting "big picture" of group aspirations
  • Speaking with conviction about meaning of work

Challenge the Process

  • Challenging yourself and others to try new approaches
  • Experimenting and takes risks
  • Collaborating and building partnerships with internal and external stakeholders for innovative ways to improve
  • Creating and modeling an environment that embraces learning and change

Enable Others to Act

  • Actively listening to diverse points of view
  • Treating people with dignity and respect
  • Supporting decisions other people make
  • Ensuring that people grow in their jobs

Encourage the Heart

  • Expressing confidence in people's abilities
  • Creatively rewarding people for their contributions
  • Encouraging opportunities for staff to participate in activities that can highlight their abilities
  • Recognizing the commitment and achievements of staff and volunteers

For further information, please contact AAMSE at or call 414.221.9275.

What Past Attendees Say:

"My experience was profound. We had a dynamic group and we clicked as we shared leadership secrets. I think that is one of the major values of the Academy."

"The Leadership Academy is perfect training for medical society executives who want to improve leadership skills... the content is invaluable!"

"I have witnessed changed lives of individuals who have learned to challenge themselves to create and promote an encouraging environment where ordinary people can produce extraordinary successes and results. Lessons from the Academy also have instilled leadership qualities in those individuals where there were none before, strengthened qualities in those who strived to be better leaders and inspired those attending to be challenged to strive for excellence and to Model the Way in moving their individual medical associations to higher levels of success."



Credits Offered: 10.0


As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific time frame towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.


Brent Annear's Profile

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Director, Media Relations and PR

Texas Medical Association

Brent Annear is the Texas Medical Association’s associate vice president of media relations and leadership advancement. Before his career change to organized medicine, Brent worked nearly two decades in television news. He also has enjoyed volunteering for a variety of nonprofit organizations, having served both in top board leadership roles and as an “in the trenches” member of the team.


Steve Coats's Profile

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Managing Partner

International Leadership Associates

As one of the leading authorities on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, Steve has taught, coached and consulted with executives and managers in several countries around the world. Steve focuses his work on leadership and team development, personal growth, change, and business strategy. He also has extensive development experience with renowned programs such as Steven Covey’s Principle Centered Leadership and a number of client-specific customized programs. Steve has published several articles, as well as co-authoring the book, There is No Box (Executive Excellence Publishing, 2007).

Steve understands leadership from the inside out, with experience in both Fortune 100 companies and small upstarts. Steve led a National Account Team at telecommunications giant, AT&T, and also co-founded The Leadership Dimension, Inc.

Steve received an MBA from North Texas University and completed an executive program in technology and innovation at the Wharton School.

Driven by a deep commitment to his clients and their success, Steve helps individuals and teams identify and resolve key issues that impede effectiveness in order to achieve remarkable results.

April Troutman Donahue's Profile

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Executive Director

Collier County Medical Society

Erin Henke, CAE's Profile

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Erin Henke, CAE


Erin Henke is a medical society management consultant. She was most recently the Interim CEO with the Santa Clara County Medical Association from January 2021 to December 2023. Prior to that, she held positions as Senior Director of Wellness Services with the California Medical Association’s physician wellness program, and Associate Executive Director of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society. She has also worked for the American Medical Association where she first learned about AAMSE, rounding out her county, state and national medical society experience. Erin worked in hospice and palliative care for over a decade, and launched POLST (Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) in California. She currently serves on the AAMSE Leadership Committee and is a 2018 Leadership Academy alumni.



Missy Lundberg's Profile

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Associate Director, Communications

American Academy of Dermatology

Missy Lundberg is the Associate Director of Public Communications and Media for the American Academy of Dermatology. Missy is a graduate of the AAMSE Leadership Academy, a past chair of its Leadership Committee and a past member of its Board of Directors.  Missy has a B.A. in Communications from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Ms. Kelsey McQuaid-Craig MPA CAE's Profile

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Director of Policy and Programs

American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter

Kelsey McQuaid-Craig joined California ACEP in 2012 after working on the boards of local and statewide political organizations. Kelsey served as an intern to Congressman Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) in his Yolo County district office. Prior to becoming the Director of Policy and Programs, she worked as Program Associate and Government Affairs Associate for California ACEP, maintaining the California ACEP website and social media pages, analyzing healthcare legislation, and organizing California ACEP’s annual Legislative Leadership Conference. Kelsey is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the American Association of Medical Society Executives. She is a past Chair of the CalSAE Legislative Committee. She was the Co-Chair of the AAMSE 360 Program and a member of the AAMSE Leadership Committee, Trends Task Force, and 2020 and 2021 Annual Conference Planning Committee. She is the Immediate Past President of the USC Alumni Club of Sacramento. She is a Certified Association Executive through ASAE and participated in the NextGen Association Summit in 2021. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and her M.P.A. from the University of Southern California. In her "spare" time she enjoys photography, spending time with her husband and two dogs, and rooting on the 2020 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Miranda Mosley's Profile

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Director of Education

Kentucky Medical Association

Miranda Mosley is the Director of Education for the Kentucky Medical Association and has served in this role for over 10 years and has been active in continuing medical education for almost twenty years. In her role, Miranda oversees all aspects of providing continuing medical education for KMA’s membership through it’s “CME Guarantee” program and KMA’s Kentucky Physicians Leadership Institute.  As a recognized accreditor, the KMA Education Department accredits health systems across the state to provide local continuing medical education. 

Miranda is active within the ACCME community, serving as a national surveyor and volunteering as a speaker and facilitator for various educational events.  She currently serves on the American Association of Medical Society Executives Leadership Committee and is a 2018 of the AAMSE Leadership Academy alumni.

Miranda holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville.

Outside of work, Miranda can be found hanging out with her husband and two dogs and traveling to Colorado to see her family. 

Venue & Lodging

Hyatt Place Louisville-East welcomes AAMSE!

Book by January 10th  to receive the discounted group rate of $113.00 + tax/night.

Available dates to book: Wednesday, January 31st & Thursday, February 1st.
(If additional dates are needed, please email

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Hyatt Place Louisville East 
701 South Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222

Guest Rooms Include: 
The Hyatt Grand Bed
Wet bar with sink and mini fridge
HDTV with Google Chrome Cast
“Cozy Corner” living area that offers a sofa sleeper

Hotel Amenities: 
Complimentary buffet breakfast
Complimentary parking
Complimentary Wi-Fi
24/7 Gallery Market
Coffee to Cocktails Bar
Starbucks® coffee available 24/7
Stay Fit Gym
Business center
Outdoor pool
Laundry facility on-site