Board Spotlight: Delaney McKinley

Posted By: Lisa Bowman Blog, Industry,
Delaney McKinley, CAE

MSAE role: Director

1st Year of Involvement in MSAE: 2011

Professional role: Executive Vice President of Operations

Employer: Michigan Manufacturers Association

Years in Current Position: 12

In-office, hybrid or remote: Hybrid

MSAE: Tell us about your family, pets, and where you call home.
DM: I live in Haslett with my husband Sean, our precocious 7-year-old son Connor, and our sweet red lab puppy Harlan.
    MSAE: What do you do for fun or to relax?

    DM: Time with family and friends is my most cherished time. We enjoy exploring and relaxing in Northern Michigan. I love music and am
    recharged by live concerts.

    MSAE: How did you first become involved with MSAE, and what motivated you to do so?

    DM: My first MSAE event was the Public Policy Roundtable in 2011. I was new to the association world and immediately met new contacts who exposed me to other elements of association management outside my job responsibilities. I became a regular attendee of the MSAE Annual Conference (formerly OrgPro) and continued to grow my connections and friendships through this vital network of association professionals and partners.

    MSAE: What made you want to join MSAE's Board of Directors? 

    DM: I believe in the power of what associations do for our world and want to make sure that we have a thriving network for connection, best practice sharing, and lifelong education.

    MSAE: What message or advice would you like to share with other members who might be considering getting more involved?

    DM: Active participation in MSAE has allowed me to meet some of my most valued friends and business partners, most of whom I would never have met without the MSAE connection. These individuals, together with the education I've received at MSAE events, have been invaluable in the advancement of my association career. I highly recommend diving in; you never know where the experience might take you!

    MSAE: Tell us a little bit about your experience working with or for associations. 

    DM: I began my work with the Michigan Manufacturers Association as a lobbyist after working in the Legislature, the corporate world, and as a
    multi-client lobbyist. Over time, I gained responsibility for membership, expanded my portfolio into communications and marketing, and now, lead all non-dues revenue programs and finance functions.

    MSAE: What other board work, volunteering, or side work do you do?

    DM: I found great fulfillment in supporting grieving children as a group facilitator at Ele's Place. I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity
    of Clinton County - both on housing projects and on the board of directors.

    MSAE: Is there anything else we should know about you? 

    DM: I am grateful to MSAE for helping me to become the association professional that I am now!