This week’s guest is Kevin Earhart Sutton. Kevin is the National Office Administrator for the Wilderness Education Association. When I asked Kevin to send me a quick bio for this intro, do you know what he put first in the very first line? That in life, he’s the full-time parent to a two-year-old and that they go on a lot of bike rides to local parks. I love that about him. For most of us, myself included, a little snippet about our family gets tagged on as the last sentence after we talk about everything that we do professionally. At WEA, Kevin is involved in just about everything: managing the website, taking care of members and member relations, managing the finances, streamlining programming - the list goes on and on. He says that the work seems to involve making a lot of spreadsheets, but he’s pretty good at it so he really doesn’t mind. I think you’ll enjoy meeting Kevin in this conversation, so let’s jump on in.
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Yes, there is a “real” Joy in The Joy of Membership.
Founder & CEO Joy Duling has been working with leaders of associations, trade groups and nonprofits since 2005.
She has also walked the same journey, serving for nearly 10 years as the Executive Director of a membership-based nonprofit which she helped launch from scratch and led to annual revenues of more than $1M exclusively from membership contributions.
Joy has been widely recognized as a speaker, an online educator and a trusted advisor, twice winning the “Unsung Hero Award” from the National Association of Women Business Owners' Central Illinois Chapter. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work with Specialization in Policy, Planning and Administration. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, team facilitation, change management, and association operations.
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She's a planner of systems and driver of progress that helps your organization achieve stretch goals.
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