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Women Leaders Thrive in Community Association Management Industry

2/27/2017  -  Falls Church, VA


Feb. 27, 2017Falls Church, VA— There are thousands of stories about women's struggles in the workplace, but it's not a topic you're likely to read or hear about in community association management, according to a new article by Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading authority in community association education, governance, and management.

In honor of the 30th Anniversary of National Women's History Month, CAI, has recognized women within the community association industry by publishing a dedicated cover issue featuring women leaders in its national, award-winning newsletter, Community Manager, in addition to publishing several interviews with female experts about their experiences with advancing in the industry.

According to the article, titled, "Limitless," women represent the majority of the 2017 CAI leadership roster and are earning the highest CAI career-enhancing designations available. In addition, the salaries of women working in organizations with multi-million dollar budgets within the community association industry have continuously increased, according to the Foundation for Community Association Research's 2013 Salary Survey.

"From entry level to executive, there are no barriers in our industry for women to achieve great things," says Cat Carmichael, CMCA, PCAM, chair of CAI's 2017 Business Partners Council. "(Women) were tremendous role models and mentors, and they knew how to support, coach, and educate other women. And women in my role now are doing the very same thing for newer people in our industry."

For more than 40 years, Community Associations Institute and the professions that support the millions of community associations worldwide—like community association management, accounting, banking, law, and several other specialties—have provided women a wide range of career opportunities. 

"Limitless" further explains how women comprised more than half of the attendees at the 2016 CAI Annual Conference and Exposition, and nearly half of the attendees at both the CEO-MC Retreat and Large-Scale Managers Workshop were women.

"We are honored to recognize the female pioneers who have shaped today's community association management profession to an industry where women continually thrive and succeed financially, are rewarded for their leadership, and honored for their entrepreneurial spirit," says Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI's chief executive officer.

Learn more about the women driving CAI's leadership by visiting Stay up to date on expert advice and achievements from CAI's women leaders by following us on social media at #CAIwomen.


About Community Associations Institute (CAI)
Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in more than 338,000 community associations, condominiums, and co-ops in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With more than 34,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 62 affiliated chapters within the U.S, Canada, and South Africa as well as with housing leaders in a number of countries including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.  

A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISocial. 

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