ISHA & Bostrom: Creating and recognizing lasting partnerships

At its 53rd annual convention in early February, the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) hosted more than 1700 attendees gathered for three days of educational workshops (including more than 100 continuing education opportunities), networking, and some fun in suburban Chicago.  The group also recognized the 20th anniversary of its longstanding Executive Director, Cynthia Keillor.

“We’ve grown significantly over the past 20 years since Cynthia joined us,” said Patricia Tattersall, ISHA’s past president.  “Cynthia’s work has made a significant impact by moving ISHA forward and helping us realize our goals,” said Tattersall.   “It has been an honor to work with Cynthia, and many of us in ISHA have developed a friendship with her, which speaks to her relationship with and dedication to the organization,” said Tattersall.    

Among Speech-Language-Hearing Associations, ISHA boasts the third largest membership in the U.S., making it one of the leading associations in the network.   This year’s convention was one of the most successful.

During Keillor’s tenure, membership has increased by about 40%.  She has worked to support the membership and improve the organization’s financial health.   A stronger balance sheet has helped ISHA take a leadership role in advocacy — for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology and the clients served by these professions.  Having an association management company like Bostrom manage the business of running a not-for-profit organization allows ISHA to focus on important professional issues.

“We’ve been successful because of our collective hard work and a relationship built on trust,” said Keillor.  “I feel blessed to be working with ISHA, an inspirational group that contributes to improving the quality of people’s lives one person at a time,” she said.