June 23, 2021
Congratulations to our Executive Director & CEO, Lakisha Miller-Barclay, on achieving ASAE's CAE designation!
ASAE has announced that Lakisha has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.
To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,700 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Lakisha has been with Rubber Division, ACS since July 2007. She served as Director of Finance & Administration and was promoted to Executive Director & CEO January 2020. Lakisha is responsible for providing daily operational leadership to the team, as well as serving as a spokesperson, developing partnerships with other organizations and maintaining good communications with the Executive Committee, regional Rubber Groups and the American Chemical Society. Her background includes Summit County Children Services, the U.S. Air Force, and owning and operating her own tax and accounting service where she specialized in non-profits. She currently sits on the boards of Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio, Fair Housing Contact Services, Friends of Main Library, Greenleaf Family Center and Harmony House, Inc. Lakisha earned her B.S. in Accounting from The University of Akron. A forever learner, she is currently enrolled in Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management Executive MBA program.
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance and technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source for learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community.