In recognition of his longstanding contributions to clients and to the association community, Bostrom, in conjunction with the Association Forum, created the Philip Lesser, PhD, CAE, Education Fund to honor Dr. Lesser on the occasion of his retirement.

A 24-year Bostrom veteran, Dr. Lesser was a Vice President and lead consultant for its consulting practice. In addition to serving as the CEO of several national organizations, Dr. Lesser has extensive experience with trade associations, professional societies, and credentialing bodies. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, volunteer and staff development, organization structure and bylaws. Throughout his career, he helped organizations learn how to adopt effective management practices and achieve organizational success.

Dedicated Association Community Leader

Dr. Lesser’s longstanding commitment to the association community is well-known. A 30-year member of the Association Forum, he has served as its Chairman; Chairman of the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and ASAE’s CEO Advisory Board. He is a frequent contributor to professional publications and a popular presenter at educational events, as well as a lecturer in strategic planning at The University of Chicago.

“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to recognize Phil’s tremendous contributions to clients, the association community, and as importantly, our industry’s next generation,” said Ken Monroe, Chairman and CEO, Bostrom.

Next Generation Mentor

Through the Association Forum Foundation, the Philip Lesser Award will be distributed annually to four recipients to attend each of the Association 101 classes offered by the Forum. The first recipients will be announced later this year for the 2018 classes and Dr. Lesser will continue to mentor the scholarship recipients entering the profession whenever needed.

“It was bittersweet news hearing of Phil’s retirement,” said Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE and President & CEO of the Association Forum. “His involvement in Association 101 and mentoring so many up and coming association professionals has been an invaluable service to the Forum and to the association community as a whole. His continuing mentorship associated with the scholarship is yet another testament to his commitment to our industry,” she said.

Additionally, Bostrom will honor Dr. Lesser at a VIP reception in conjunction with the Association Forum’s Honors Gala on June 29 to recognize his contributions to the association industry.