Joe Lindahl, MA CAE, is the executive director for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) and the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS). Starting at AMC in 2011 with the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), Joe has a natural soft spot for healthcare associations; his father is a retired OB/GYN oncology nurse. Regardless of his family background, Joe is an engaged listener who hopes that the work he does at AMC can create a ripple effect of change in the lives of physicians, nurses, and their patients.
Earning his CAE is part of Joe’s objective to have the core competencies to manage associations in their diverse aspects. Ever forward-thinking, Joe strives to position ABM and ITNS to be ready for what is coming next, with a focus on leadership development. As a leader himself, Joe received the Association Forum 2018 Forty Under 40 Award, participated in the ASAE NextGen 2017 Summit, and has served on the ASAE Component Relations Council and the ASAE Young Professionals Advisory Committee.
Beyond the missions of the associations at AMC, Joe is passionate about the people with whom he works. “There’s an energy and shared power when a group of people sit in a room and are united around a common cause. You can make some really impressive things happen,” he says. “It’s invigorating to contribute to something bigger than yourself.”
When he’s not busy driving growth and development for ITNS and ABM, Joe enjoys training for marathons and half marathons, exploring different restaurants, spending time with his wife and son, picking at his guitar, and learning French.