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Testimonials from Prometheans

Susan Avery, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD)

When I first received an invitation to attend Prometheus, it was current and past attendees of the retreat that I found most appealing. The list included really incredible thought leaders in the association community. When I arrived and realized that we would develop our own agenda and topics, I was thrilled. I had big questions on my mind and was looking for the right space and people to discuss them with. Prometheus delivered. Exactly the right people were there and the right questions were asked and I couldn’t wait for more! So, I went back again and again. It is by far one of my favorite learning spaces and I look forward to it each year.

Norman L. Fortenberry, Sc.D.
Executive Director
American Society for Engineering Education

As a new association executive, I found the Prometheus Retreat to be an invaluable "safe space" for gaining insights, advice, and practical solutions to the challenges I was facing.  Over the years, as I've grown more comfortable in my role, I still find the Prometheus Retreat to be an invaluable source of wisdom.  Moreover, as I've gained experiences that allow me to contribute input to others, I find great satisfaction and self-affirmation in doing so.  It also doesn't hurt that the overall experience of interacting with great people in great environment is fun!


Nathan Monell, CAE
Executive Director 
National PTA

Now more than ever, association executives are called to live out their work with authenticity and clarity of purpose. I don’t know about you, but my big questions are rarely addressed in the typical workshop. Prometheus has given me the space to grow through stating my challenges and opportunities in a safe space and to learn from my fellow executives. It also allows me to contribute to the field by sharing what I have learned. No drama, no big investments. Just show up as you are and learn together in community."

Lori A. Ropa, CAE
Executive Director
The Arc: Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties, CO

Each year, Prometheus gives me the opportunity to voice challenges that I might be reluctant to share in other settings.  Though I may not know everyone there, each Promethean brings an innate respect for one another, and a commitment to openness, support and confidentiality.  It is an irreplaceable experience.

Marty Saggese, Society for Neuroscience
Personally, I find Prometheus to be the single most useful workshop or professional experience I attend each year. I always come away with multiple valuable 'nuggets' or ideas that I wouldn't have gotten any other way.

Donna Dunn, CAE; Senior Consultant, Tecker International, LCC
My one can't-miss event is the Prometheus Retreat. Every year I participate I find my passion for my profession renewed, my stress level lowered, and my engagement in the human side of association leadership supported. Designed for senior association executives, the Prometheus Retreat allows each person to learn about what is important to him or her at that moment in time. The participants create the program and provide the learning opportunities through Open Space Technology. We pose weighty, big questions - the questions with the challenging answers, the answers we don't want to hear, and the questions with no answers at all - in an environment where everything is open yet confidential. Each year I am amazed with the breadth of experience that other participants are willing to share and the critical conversations they engage in.

Karen Conlon, CAE
This retreat offers me the opportunity to creatively connect with my peers. Its format is innovative, vibrant and inspires me like no other CEO program.

Jane LaBarbera, CAE, Principal, JML Associates, Interim Advisor to CEO, American Educational Research Association
Prometheus was, as always, a most invigorating experience. The environment is one where you quickly build trust and develop strong bonds with the other association execs who are there. I always am amazed at the quality of participants. They are well read with a great deal of experience, who challenge the way things are always done. Prometheus allows you time to reflect on what you do and where you are going in an environment of support from your colleagues. It allows me (delete me) time to stop, think, share ideas, hear of innovations, hear different perspectives, learn of the latest developments in the association world. (Delete following sentence) Prometheus offers me a quick filter to find the best out of the magazines, electronic communications, books, programs, services offered to associations.

Pat Troy, CAE, President, Next Wave Group, LLC
This is an incredibly valuable event. For years before I finally made the decision to attend, I considered it, but always had excuses -- too busy, too far, etc. But now, I wouldn't miss it! We all need perspective to do our jobs properly, and Prometheus is great for getting input from colleagues for the real challenges that keep us up at night.

Lori Russell, CAE, Parks and Prairies
The Prometheus Retreat offered more to me professionally and personally than I would have ever expected. I offer you all my utmost thanks. You may not leave a Prometheus Leadership Retreat with all of the answers, but you leave with more insight. This event has succinctly captured and extended that coffee break conversation with your peers that you never wanted to end.