2.13: Creating a Culture of Organizational Success with Arlene Pietranton

2.13: Creating a Culture of Organizational Success with Arlene Pietranton

From reasonable risks to helping individuals get heard on their ideas, Arlene Pietranton is a thoughtful leader, who started her career as a speech pathologist and traveled the path to ASHA CEO. Within her time at ASHA she has developed an awareness of sourcing the best ideas for innovation, facilitated a mindful culture, and made some tough decisions along the way. Listen in for Arlene’s voice as a valued mentor in the community, her calm and creative approach helps build others up and leads to innovative approaches!

Arlene Pietranton, PhD CAE
Executive Director, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

“I try to hold back, and listen first, and hear ideas that others may have. I know that I’ll always have the opportunity to weigh in on a topic or conversation,  and I’ll always have the option of requesting that my idea or thought  get incorporated. But I won’t have the benefit of knowing other people’s ideas, which often are better, if I’m too quick to start us down a path.”

Arlene A. Pietranton serves as chief executive officer of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 204,500 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; and student, international, and support personnel affiliates. ASHA’s staff of 300 are based in the association’s Gold LEED–certified national office in Rockville, MD.

Before working at ASHA, Arlene was on staff at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC where she held several clinical and administrative positions as a speech-language pathologist and member of the medical center administration. She is an ASHA Fellow and past president of the District of Columbia Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Arlene is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has collaborated with association executives throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia on association management and governance. She is an ASAE Fellow and a past chairperson of the ASAE Board of Directors. Arlene was recognized as a 2015 Top Association and Non-Profit Innovator, the 2015 Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update, the 2018 Association Executive of the Year by Association Trends, and the 2018 ASAE Key Award recipient.

Arlene’s current volunteer and civic positions include serving as co-chair of the collective impact initiative Montgomery Moving Forward, chair of the ASAE Power of a Committee, and chair of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives Board of Directors.

Arlene earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology, Master of Arts in speech-language pathology, and PhD in psychology from the George Washington University. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two adult daughters. Her interests include international history and culture, reading, theater, travel, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

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