Teshia Birts

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Teshia joined the association industry after a short stint as an event planner for a university programming division–– managing operations for touring performances, concerts, and lectures. Thinking the transition to meeting planning would be simple she entered the association management trade and has been making a significant impact for the past 17 years. Teshia rose quickly through the ranks while employed with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). For nearly nine years, she served as Director (and later Senior Vice President) of AAPA's Constituent Organization Resources division – providing a portion of state chapters and special interest groups with association management services while managing the development and delivery of various other resources to all of AAPA's recognized component organizations. While with AAPA, Teshia received extensive training in business process improvement, strategic planning, creating an effective customer experience and staffing management. She served as a member of both the senior management and strategic planning teams for the national organization. In 2010, Teshia launched a database/web development business geared towards supporting smaller organizations. She firmly believes that if an organization's mission is viable, that group should be given every opportunity to reach and exceed its goals regardless of size (which, with the use of technology, can be done by working smarter, not harder!) Teshia worked for the National Science Teachers Association for almost seven years, managing the Chapter and Associated Group Relations department; supporting membership initiatives for the organization as well as social media activities. In 2017, she became Director of Membership and Volunteer Engagement with ASIS International. Teshia holds a Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2008 and she has been a member of the American Society of Association Executives since 2001. She is also a 2012-2014 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Alumnus, has been a member of ASAE's Component Relations Council and Research Committee.