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Holly Duckworth

CEO | Leadership Solutions International


Energetic, passionate entrepreneur bringing the future of leadership to your organization, thru succession plan, strategy, technology and vo





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Holly is an experienced business leader delivering powerful business strategy insight and consulting to many trade association clients across the US. As former chapter business manager for Meeting Professionals International Holly coached over 250 volunteer leaders in the western US, representing 14 chapters. Leadership Solutions International her company drives sustainable leadership, volunteer training and strategic planning for trade association and non-profit groups.

She is passionate about the transformation and development of people through volunteer coaching, goal setting, data analysis and business feedback that demonstrates results. MPI chapters appreciate her focused attention to detail and honest advice. Holly truly is a partner with her chapter businesses driving them to success and delivering membership value. Holly currently chairs the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Component Relations Professionals. The coucil is rewriting the Component Relations handbook and providing monthly training for all ASAE member associations.

Holly generously shares her expertise; she has spoken to many groups including the International Meetings Exchange (IMEX), Portland Female Executives, Alpha Phi International, Metropolitan Senior Network, National Speakers Association - Oregon and the Oregon National Association for Training and Development, and countless MPI Chapters. Holly incomming president and member of the National Speakers Association.
By using real-world stories to illustrate points, and including interactive role-plays in her presentations, she is able to provide hands-on demonstrations of model leadership experiences that find the right connection points to spark engagement.
Holly has always been driven to exceed customer expectations. She began her career in hospitality began working as the Convention Services manager for the Portland Oregon convention bureau, now Travel Portland. Leadership by example Holly served as the MPI Oregon chapter president in 2006-2007. Holly attained her degree in business management from Linfield College and achieved her certified meeting professional (CMP) certification in 2001,and the certified association executive (CAE) in 2010.

The cominbation of Holly's energy and experience will leave your audiences inspired to lead the future of your organization.

Industry Expertise (6)

Business Services

Real Estate Services



Social Media


Areas of Expertise (6)

Leadership - People and Mentoring

Succession/Strategic Planning


Social Media

Association Leadership


Accomplishments (3)

#8 Most Influential Assn Executive on Twitter (professional)

Named by Affiniscape most influential Association Executive on Twitter 2011

Certified Meeting Professional (professional)

Certified Association Executive (CAE) (professional)

Education (1)

Linfield College: BS Business Management, Business Management 1998

Affiliations (5)

  • Green Meetings Industry Council
  • National Speakers Association
  • American Society of Association Executives
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • Alpha Phi International Sorority

Event Appearances (4)

Speed Leadership

Portland Community College CLIMB Center for Professional Advancement  Portland, Oregon


How to Build Blended Communities

Global Business Travel Association - Chapter Leadership Conference  Ft Lauderdale, FL


Build Meetings That Make The World A Better Place

Meeting Professionals International  Louisville, Kentucky


YOU! The Sustainable Leader

IMEX America- International Meetings Exchange   Las Vegas, NV


Sample Talks (4)

Be Tomorrow's Industry Leader - 7 Things to Be The Future Today

Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Do you look at the tourism industry and dream of making a difference? Would you like to lead the industry going forward? Holly has coached, lead and interviewed leaders from around the globe on how they attained leadership roles, how they sustain themselves as leaders and what they see for the future. In this session you will learn to lead from case studies and research faster than on your own? Holly will help you avoid pitfalls and failures of leadership. Learn how to achieve positions of leadership position in the tourism profession, in your community and in your career. You'll find industry leaders earned those positions by Be-ing, not Doing, Be-ing Collaborative, Be-ing Innovative, Be-ing Solution Focused, Be-ing Knowledgeable and Be-ing Effective. You'll apply these lessons with your table on how they apply to the "new" business economy including 24/7 response, globalism, multi-generational workplaces and a socially networked world. You'll build your personal action plan to Be-come Tomorrow's Industry Leader. "Meetings are the movies of corporate America. Meetings are leading the change of corporate America" said Tim Sanders. Your future begins today as you write your own script in this interactive session. By attending this session you will increase your odds of becoming a industry leader by learning how to: Be! Collaborative Be! Innovative Be! Solution Focused Be! Knowledgeable Be! Effective Build your own personal action plan to become tomorrow's industry leader.

It's a Wireless Connection - How to Communicate as a Tech Savvy Organization

Such a decision, should you tweet me, text me, Skype me, call me, email, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and more. Being a tech savvy chapter board means a lot of things to each board member. As the diversity of your board continues to change so too does the tools you use to effectively produce board results. In this session you will share "cool tools" your board uses and see new ways to embrace technology to exceed the needs of your membership.

How to Build A Blended Community: 5 Tips to Face to Face & Technology Enabled Communities

Over 800 million Facebook users, post 2 billion posts each day in 70 languages. According to Idealware, association experts when it comes to reaching new supporters, most respondents (78%) felt Twitter was effective, followed by Facebook and blogs at 76%, and video sharing sites at 72%.So, what is an association with limited resources supposed to do? In this session explore the importance building a business model that supports your members and board at the level of technology they use.

Volunteer Victories: How to Recruit, Retain & Maintain Volunteers

Are you lacking enough volunteers to do all the work of your chapter? If so, participate in this interactive session where we will share tips on how to recruit the right volunteers into your chapter, then retain them on committees and learn how every action you take influences your members to renew and participate actively through engagement on your board or at chapter events. Volunteer Victories come to those who ask, delegate, and appreciate. Come plan for your personal volunteer victory



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  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance


2500 to 7500 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee