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Mary Byers Travels from United States Of America, USA

Mary Byers


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Mary Byers, CAE, is co-author of Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations and Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations.  She’s the former director of communications and member services for the Illinois State Dental Society and served in that capacity for nine years prior to starting her consulting business in 1998. Since then, she’s worked primarily with not-for-profit organizations, including the Million Dollar Round Table, American and Illinois Farm Bureaus, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Association of Medical Society Executives.

Mary specializes in working with volunteer association leaders and chief staff executives to help define their roles and clarify their vision through leadership conference programming, facilitating strategic planning retreats and coaching. She’s a skilled listener and able to help initiate and manage difficult conversations.

Mary is a certified association executive and a member of the National Speakers Association. She is also the author of seven books.

Keynote Titles

  • Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations
  • Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations
  • Tough Talking: Initiating and Managing Difficult Discussions
  • Shrink to Grow: A Counterintuitive Path to Relevance
  • Personality Plus: Understanding Your Individual Leadership Style
  • How to Recruit the Brightest and Best Volunteers


“Many thanks for the FANTABULOUS job with the Leadership Springfield program recently. Your presentation is always one of the most highly rated for the entire year, as you are able to connect with your audience and make it applicable to daily life. Thanks for all you do to help improve the lives of so many people through your engaging discussions. You have a true gift, Mary! ”

Jim Alberts , Chair, Leadership Springfield

“I want to thank you again for the terrific session you led yesterday during our Leadership Meeting. People were talking about it all day and you really made a great impression and delivered messages that I think will help CAS move forward and hopefully deploy our resources more effectively…Not only was your presentation informative, what impressed many was that you really took the time to learn something about CAS and customized your talk so that it was meaningful to everyone.”

Cynthia Ziegler CPCU, ARM, AAI, CAE, Executive Director, Casualty Actuarial Society

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