Shelly began her career in change management at the age of 5 when she was enrolled at what was to be the first of the eleven schools she would attend prior to graduating from high school. Being the perpetual “new kid” forced her to quickly and strategically assess new environments, orient herself to new curriculum, policy and rules and figure out the political nuance involved in navigating the lunch-line and recess.
Shelly kept up the fast pace by diving head-long into her career in the world of association management. She worked her way up from receptionist to executive director, switched directions to passionately pursue developing her skills as an educational content specialist and is now a consultant. She has a nerdy fascination with governance structure and policy as well as an unhealthy obsession with management theory and practice.
Being a blue collar girl in a white collar world leads to some interesting results. You shouldn’t be surprised that she can swing a hammer just about as well as she can swing a policy manual. It’s also why she is in the habit of helping clients build solid futures they can live in as opposed to talking a line of “consultant-speak” and wasting time with impractical solutions that don’t work in the real world.
A revolutionary, self-proclaimed edupunk, Shelly attributes her knowledge about associations to many hours on the front lines with staff and volunteers in both the 501(c)(6) and 501(c)(3) arenas and one too many all-nighters at conference. She is determined to see associations continue to serve as a bulwark of adult education in the United States. She got her CAE (Certified Association Executive) just to prove she knows what she’s doing.
Shelly’s favorite words are change, vision, strategy, tactics, learning, teaching and Lord of the Rings.
Shelly blogs at Association Subculture because her cat is a bad listener. She also started an Internet show called The Association Forecast Show which broadcasts live from different locations around Northern California and talks about current topics association executives should have on their radar screens.
Find Shelly on Twitter @shellyalcorn or online at www.alcornassociates.com.
- Alcorn Associates Management ConsultingPrincipal, present
1000 Q Street, Ste. 120Sacramento, CA 95811
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