As the office and account manager for Management HQ (MHQ), Tammy Schoenberg provides vital support to the operations of MHQ and our client associations. As a former executive director of a large international professional association, her expertise in organizational and budget management, reporting, volunteer management, and strategic association support enables her to provide invaluable perspective to MHQ and client operations.

Tammy is a graduate of the Midwest Society of Association Executives (MSAE) 2013 Leadership Academy Program. She is an active member of MSAE as well as the American Society of Association Executives, the Association Management Company Institute, and the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce.

Q: What attracted you to the association world?

A: I actually fell into the association world. I went to school to become a legal secretary and did that for many years. The last several of which I worked for the department of social services in another state on adult and child abuse neglect cases. It was difficult work and I burnt out on it.

Around that same time we moved back to Minnesota and I had my youngest child. I took a year off and then started my search for a new job. I kept my search wide open and happened to be hired by an association. I fell in love with the work. I love the variety that association work provides day-to-day. You can become a very well rounded person with the many duties you learn working in the association world.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who aspires to an executive director-level position with an association or association management (AMC)?

A: You need to be flexible and willing to work with many different personalities. Get to know your board members. Listen to what your boards have to tell you. Don’t take anything personally. Have fun.

Q: What does leadership and being a leader mean to you?

A: Lead by example. Be respectful. Treat people as you would like to be treated.

Q: What do you like to do during your non-working hours?

A: Mostly, I like to relax and spend time with family. I like to spend time by the lake, which I now have the pleasure to live by and enjoy my secret obsession – playing Candy Crush.

Q: How do you give back to the community?

A: For the larger part of my adult life, giving back has consisted of volunteering with my children’s activities, volunteering for the high school senior all night parties, and teaching religion. Now that my children are grown, I look forward to extending my service to helping with community organizations such as food shelves, homeless shelters and similar groups.