Executive Search Consultant
KATHLEEN M. BELL, MBA, CAE, FASAE
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Kathleen M. Bell is a widely respected not-for-profit executive with more than 35 years’ experience. She has successfully managed organizational transitions and turnarounds, providing expertise in leadership development, governance, and strategic facilitation.
Kathy served for 18 years as Senior Director with SmithBucklin Corporation, the world’s largest association management company. She developed the firm’s transition services model and was a principal in the firm’s consulting practice. In positions as Executive Director, Kathy provided primary executive leadership and oversight to a variety of health care, business, professional, technology, and philanthropic organizations. While ED of The International Forum, the group doubled net assets, increased membership and program initiatives, and enhanced its industry influence.
Prior to SmithBucklin, Kathy was CEO of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and CEO of Girl Scouts of Chicago. She created the education and marketing services function at the Million Dollar Round Table. Her work for these groups consistently resulted in membership, revenue, program growth, and organizational development advancement.
A past Chair of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, Kathy served the national Epilepsy movement as a member of the Board of Directors, chair of the Affiliate Affairs and Diversity Committees, and Executive Committee member. She chaired United Way of Chicago’s Human Capital Development Priority Grants Committee, and was a member of the Allocations and Women’s Initiative Committees.
Kathy earned a BA in English and Secondary Education from the State University of New York and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Her commitment to not-for-profit organizations is demonstrated by her CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation and recognition as an ASAE Fellow in 1997.