Donté P. Shannon, FASAE, CAE, is an experienced association executive and Board strategy advisor with 18 years’ experience in association management, 7 of those years include experience as a 3-time CEO. Donte has worked with professional and trade associations, across many different industries, ranging from state associations to national associations with global impact, and currently serves as the CEO of the Industrial Designers Society of America(IDSA).
Donté is a highly recognized influencer in the association community, having led over 20 association management presentations, ranging in topics from strategic planning and business operations design, to executive leadership. Additionally, he has been featured in, and co-authored, numerous articles related to association management. A devoted professional, Donte has served as Chair of the CAE Commission, the governing body of the Certified Association Executive credential. He also contributes his industry expertise as a member of for-profit and nonprofit Boards and Councils. His career highlights include being selected as a 2020 digitalNow Leader of Distinction, a 2020 ASAE Fellow, and a 2011-2013 Diversity Education Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar.
Donte is a strong advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, serving as a founder and co-host of the popular webcast, Texts to Table. Donte earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the College of Charleston in 2003 and received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2015.