1.5: Building Lasting Connections with Marilyn Jansen and Lindsey Nelson

1.5: Building Lasting Connections with Marilyn Jansen and Lindsey Nelson

Finding the good advisors and mentors can be a challenge in your career, complicated at times by the efforts to sustain those valuable relationships. On this episode take a peek inside a long-time mentoring relationship with Marilyn and Lindsey as we discuss forming and sustaining valuable relationships in your career.

Marilyn Jansen
Executive Director, Business Development with Association Management Center

“If you’re starting a new opportunity, sit back and watch and to observe others and then to try to make those connections with those individuals.”


After a successful career in both corporate American and as an entrepreneur, Marilyn joined AMC in 2006 where she has brought her organizational and business development expertise in delivering products and services. In her role, she works closely with volunteer boards that are searching for business solutions that are cost effective and will bring their organization to the next level. Marilyn is an excellent listener and comes up with strategies to move goals forward and has the ability to create just the right team to deliver effective results. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Midwest Pain Society.

Marilyn is actively involved at AMC Institute, Association Forum and ASAE serving as a leader on many committees and task Force. Currently, she is incoming chair of ASAE’s AMC Professional Advisory Council. Marilyn has presented sessions at Association Forum’s Annual Meeting, ASAE’s Great Ideas and Annual Meeting, at the AMC Institute’s Annual Meeting and AMC’s Engage! Program, as well as at IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Conference. Presentations and public speaking are a regular part of Marilyn’s role and she is very effective at developing and presenting solutions to volunteers and boards. In 2013 she received the John C. Thiel Award for distinguished service from the Association Forum.

Marilyn holds a BS in Communication and Business Administration from Illinois State University.

Lindsey K. Nelson, CAE
Vice President, Programs & Services, NAMA

“Build a diverse portfolio of experience and be able to see the industry from a lot of different perspectives.”


Lindsey has worked for National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the trade association representing the $25B US convenience services industry, since 2013. In her role as Vice President, Lindsey is responsible for driving non-dues revenue programs including events, education, and fundraising as well as the organization’s marketing and digital communications departments. Lindsey also serves as the Executive Director of the NAMA Foundation.

Prior to joining NAMA, Lindsey served in the capacity of a fundraising consultant to a variety of professional and trade associations, including NAMA, and successfully raised over $5 million dollars as a part of a ground-breaking capital campaign.

Lindsey is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and was named a 2014 Forty Under 40 Award recipient by the Association Forum & USAE. She is also an active mentor, volunteer & presenter at the Association Forum and has served in leadership roles on a variety of SIGs and committees and is currently serving in the capacity of Chair to the COO/#2 SIG.

Lindsey is a proud graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and currently resides in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and two sons.

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