Refuting the Bias Against Qualifications

The P.E. license exists to assure the public that the engineering decisions affecting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals. But in a political climate of deregulation, the public perception of licensure has changed. In a recent poll of registered voters likely to participate in the 2020 elections, licensure was overwhelmingly viewed as a form of regulation that drives up cost, that favors business and industry interests rather than the public interest, and limits innovation.

How do we counter this narrative and restore public confidence in licensure? Learn about efforts by NSPE, directly, as well as through inter-industry coalitions to make the case for responsible licensure.

Mark Golden, CAE, FASAE

Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE, is the executive director and corporate secretary of the National Society of Professional Engineers appointed to this position on January 31, 2013.

Golden most recently served as the executive director and chief executive officer of the National Court Reporters Association, where he also served as the vice president of the International Federation for Information and Communication Processing, Brussels, representing the U.S. within this international federation. Before joining NCRA in 1998, Golden spent eight years with the Personal Communications Industry Association. He directed PCIA's legislative, regulatory, and industry development activities, and he was deeply involved with the Federal Communications Commission, within international standards bodies, and before Congress to help create the favorable environment for introducing affordable wireless telephone and texting services in the U.S. Golden also spent 12 years with the Association of Telemessaging Services International, where he created government relations programs focused on enhanced communication services.

Long active in the association community, Golden is a past vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives and past chairman of the ASAE Foundation. He has served in numerous other capacities within those organizations. He has contributed to many association-related strategic research studies and publications, including the best-selling "Seven Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don't," and he has been a frequent speaker and author on issues of not-for-profit organizational management, strategic planning, advocacy, and organizational development.

In 1995, Golden was inducted into ASAE's Fellows program, one of only six association executives nationwide to be so honored that year and an honor bestowed upon less than one percent of ASAE's 21,000 members. In 2011, he was again honored as the recipient of ASAE's highest honor, the Key Award, given in recognition of an association CEO who "demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association, and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole."

An honors graduate of the University of Virginia, Golden holds degrees in English and theater. He and his wife, Annette, reside in Clifton, Virginia, and have one son, John Alexander.

Friday, July 19, 2019
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3:00 pm
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4:30 pm
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Imperial Ballroom
Emerging Leaders Program (invitation only)
Leadership & Risk Management