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Susan Cheshire, CAE: Lifelong Student,
Lifelong Teacher

Like most of GSAE's former
chairs, when Cheshire is asked
what her greatest challenge
was during her term, she
speaks more to efforts of
continual improvement
rather than heroic rescues or
dramatic overhauls.

TO HEAR SUSAN CHESHIRE, CAE speak
about GSAE-which she led as chair
in 2014-is to be in the presence of
someone who is truly inspired and
who truly believes in what not only
GSAE does to further education but
in education itself. She is committed
to fostering lifelong learning
wherever she goes.
This is fitting for Cheshire, who
began her career as an English
teacher, then as a guidance
counselor. From there, she moved
onto other local jobs, and then into
association management.
During her tenure, and for
the entire time of her GSAE
membership, Cheshire has served
as executive director and CEO
of Georgia School Nutrition
Association, a 5,000-member
501(c)(4) organization of
professionals employed in the
school nutrition field in Georgia.
Prior to this, she also held
numerous executive-level positions
in Florida, all of which informed her
work as GSAE chair and continue
to inform it today. "I have also
held the position of executive vice
president of the Palm Bay Florida
Chamber of Commerce in Palm
Bay, Florida, and executive director
of the Brevard County Legislative
Council, also in Florida," Cheshire
says. Her extensive background in
governance made her a strong chair
for GSAE.
Like most of GSAE's former
chairs, when Cheshire is asked
what her greatest challenge was
during her term, she speaks more
to efforts of continual improvement
rather than heroic rescues or
dramatic overhauls.
She says, "GSAE has been for
many years professionally staffed
with an excellent executive

director" and staff, says Cheshire,
adding that she "did not anticipate
any real challenges during my
term, and that is what happened."
Under Cheshire's term,
GSAE leaders especially
looked at how it could bolster
membership and cultivate a
more meaningful relationship
with association suppliers.
"The board worked together
that year to bring GSAE to even
higher levels of development in
the areas of membership and
the relationship of association
executives and corporate
suppliers. One challenge we
studied and worked on together
was the annual meeting and trade
show. We worked to make it a
fulfilling educational experience
for both vendors and association
members and provide adequate
financial resources to GSAE,"
she says, noting that it is just as
imperative for an organization's
offerings to deliver a solid
return on investment in terms of
education for its members as it is
for the offering to be financially
sound for the organization.
Cheshire says that especially
important to her was ensuring
that all association professionals
had adequate resources to learn
and to get ahead in their careers.
Fostering the next generation of
leaders is an important part of all
associations' missions.
This is a tall order but one
that she says was made easier
by the GSAE staff, of whom she
comments make "the role of the
chair much easier and enjoyable.
We are fortunate to have this
type of stable and effective staff
as the foundation of GSAE as
it grows and changes."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Fall 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Aubie Knight, CIC, AAI, CRM; Susan Cheshire, CAE; and Jim Moody, CAE
Giving Together to Help the Hungry
GSAE Doing Good Works & Helping Their Communities
8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation
GSAE Internship
GSAE Fall Events Round-Up
Meetings Thought Leadership
Destination: South Carolina
Choices: Herbal Tea on the Job
Index of Advertisers
Advertiser.com
Connections - Fall 2017 - intro
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Connections - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Connections - Fall 2017 - 5
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE News & Events
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Connections - Fall 2017 - New Members
Connections - Fall 2017 - Living Legends: Aubie Knight, CIC, AAI, CRM; Susan Cheshire, CAE; and Jim Moody, CAE
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Connections - Fall 2017 - 14
Connections - Fall 2017 - 15
Connections - Fall 2017 - Giving Together to Help the Hungry
Connections - Fall 2017 - 17
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Doing Good Works & Helping Their Communities
Connections - Fall 2017 - 19
Connections - Fall 2017 - 8 Steps to Successful Mobile Activation
Connections - Fall 2017 - 21
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Internship
Connections - Fall 2017 - 23
Connections - Fall 2017 - GSAE Fall Events Round-Up
Connections - Fall 2017 - 25
Connections - Fall 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
Connections - Fall 2017 - 27
Connections - Fall 2017 - Destination: South Carolina
Connections - Fall 2017 - Choices: Herbal Tea on the Job
Connections - Fall 2017 - Advertiser.com
Connections - Fall 2017 - cover3
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