Patricia V. Blake

Chair, American Society of Association Executives & CEO, Heart Rhythm Society, USA

As the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Blake leads the 7,000+ member professional society in its goal to end death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders. Ms. Blake joined HRS in March 2019 and is privileged to continue to expand HRS’ position as the premier global resource for information on heart arrhythmias, which serves over 35,000 constituents across six continents.

Patricia Blake began her association career as a meeting planner for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in Dearborn, Michigan. She relocated to Minneapolis to join the American Academy of Neurology where she ultimately served as the Deputy Executive Director. Pat and her family relocated again to Chicago to serve as the Executive Director for the Emergency Nurses Association. In 2002, she was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) a 15,000 member professional medical association.

Throughout her career, Pat’s deep understanding of organizational culture and small group dynamics has enabled her to work effectively with member leaders and staff to transform, build and grow each organization she has served both domestically and internationally. Her strong believe in collaboration, customer service volunteer relationships and patient focus has served as a cornerstone of her leadership.

Ms. Blake served as a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Business Services Board, was named an ASAE Fellow in 2013, served as a Director on the ASAE Board, and is currently the Chair of the ASAE Board of Directors. Ms. Blake is a former Chair and an active member of the Key Professional Associations Committee (KPAC). She is a past Board member and Chair of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and the 2014-15 Shapiro Award recipient.


Monday, 9th December, 2019

09:35  -  09:50
Keynote Address: Sharing is Caring – Associations working to impact the world

There is hardly a stronger segment of our society today who impact their surroundings more than associations – from setting industry standards, to creating new employment opportunities, to offering expertise that creates better policy. As an experienced association CEO and the Chair of the American Society of Association Executives, Patricia’s keynote will highlight some of the most memorable association impact stories over the past decade. These stories show examples of projects and activities that associations have created to impact people around the world. Patricia promises to be both thought-provoking and inspiring, setting the stage for learning, contemplation, and conversation.

15:45  -  16:35
LEARNING LABS – Session 1: Developing Agility

Pillar 3:

Session 1: Developing Agility
(Expert Briefing – 2 x 15-min TED-style presentations followed by Q&A)

Our speakers will provide a deeper dive into foresighting and agility. They will carry on a dynamic conversation focusing on how associations and their communities are adapting to new economies as part of their resilience strategy, such as the Sharing / Circular / Experience / Innovation / Platform / Knowledge economies. They will also demonstrate that “Learning organisations” are organisations who:

  • Develop adaptability
  • Implement local strategies that are scalable globally,
  • Initiate sector-wide responses to external disruptions, and
  • Implement swiftly and precisely while regularly gather and incorporate feedback from inside and outside.


Areas of impact: