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Associations North’s Angela Kisskeys and Sarah Ruzek have successfully co-led their organization for three years and counting, finding a way to prove that two heads really are better than one. We dive into a conversation with these two directors to find out if their success as a co-leadership team is an anomaly, or something we can all learn from.

This will be a 30-minute session.

SURGE Connect is a production of AssociationSuccess.org and presented by Feathr, which provides multi-channel marketing technology used by 700 associations to grow membership, event attendance, and digital sponsorship revenue. Learn more at https://feathr.co today!
Co-Director, VP of Finance & Education, Associations North
Sarah Ruzek is an energetic and dynamic association leader with 15-plus years’ experience building relationships, developing strategic partnerships, leading volunteers and strengthening nonprofit organizations. As co-director and vice-president of finance and education at Associations North, Sarah has a proven track record innovating meetings, creating experiences and advancing the association industry. In her spare time, Sarah serves on her children’s preschool's board of directors, and volunteers with Girl Scouts and in her daughter’s kindergarten class. As an avid traveler, Sarah is always looking for her next adventure or enjoying lake life with her two children, Riley and Lenny, husband Chad, and boxer dog, Lexie.
Co-Director, VP of Operations & Communications, Associations North
With over 12 years of experience and currently serving as co-director and vice-president of operations and communications at Associations North, Angela Kisskeys provides strategic leadership and executive management in the development of products and services to expand membership value for key stakeholders, members and most importantly members of the future. Angela is motivated and inspired by new ideas and future possibilities that drive organizational growth. As a strategic leader, Angela maximizes strong industry relationships, leverages technology and embraces innovation to advance the association industry. A believer in celebrating life, an avid sport fan and lover of summer; you can find Angela enjoying time on a lake, watching a football game, volunteering at her children’s school or Walking to End Alzheimer’s in her free time. Grateful for her husband Matt, sons Lucas, Tanner and their Golden Retriever, Winnie, Angela’s family is her biggest fans.
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