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Etiquette in Standards Development, Encouraging Discussion without Disdain

September 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Join us for this Virtual Panel

Panelists include:

    • Vicki Worden, President & CEO, GBI
    • Alyson Fick, Manager, Technical Committee Operations Division, ASTM
    • Jodi Araujo, CEO, NADCA

September 9, 2020 – 2pm EST (Register Here)


Join us for a discussion with leaders in standards development as we discuss approaches to ensuring polite discourse during meetings.

The sharing of opinions and ideas in standards development meetings is critical to drafting a standard that will be valuable and impactful to all participants. However, discourse can quickly devolve into conflict and disdain when members disagree. Conflicts can also be colored by issues of imbalance and a lack of inclusion on the committee and can result in members feeling unable to speak and share their thoughts. This panel will discuss the role standards development professionals play in ensuring committee members act respectfully during meetings and how standards development organizations can support their work by establishing rules of etiquette and codes of conduct.

(1 Hour Event)

Speaker Biographies

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Vicki Worden, President & CEO, Green Building Initiative, Inc.

Vicki Worden brings twenty-five years of expertise applying environmental, health, safety, and sustainability priorities to a wide breadth of industries. She has served as CEO of GBI since 2015 and works with some of the largest real estate developers in North America on the incorporation of sustainability, health, wellness and resilience practices into design, construction, and facility operations. GBI has been an accredited standards developer since 2005. GBI has a stakeholder community of almost 750 individuals that follow and participate in development and revision of its American National Standard based on its 100+ page Green Globes rating system. The Standard generates typically 600+ public comments during open periods and the development process has involved many heated debates and appeals. Worden will discuss GBI’s lessons learned and new Code of Conduct policy plus brand new approved enforcement guidelines. Worden is the former chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council and is an accomplished public affairs and association management professional holding an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Chester University.


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Jodi Araujo, CEO, NADCA

Jodi is the Chief Staff Executive for NADCA, the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Association. As Chief Staff Executive, Araujo is responsible for the strategic and financial oversight of the association and the staff. She works closely with the Board of Directors to translate the strategic vision for the association into action. She also publishes an industry magazine and works alongside Kristy Cohen to manage the marketing and public relations initiatives. Araujo ensures that NADCA remains at the cutting edge and fully immersed in all things affecting their industry. She is responsible for industry alliances, partnerships and relationships with other organizations, agencies, groups, corporations and individuals.

Her responsibilities also include establishing and implementing systems, structures and development programs that support the human capital of the organization as a critical lever in accomplishing business goals. Jodi leads the team in continuous improvement for delivery of exceptional client services and works with Mike Dwyer to oversee the internal components of the client life-cycle.

Jodi Araujo has 22 years of association management experience, from both the stand-alone and the small AMC model, bringing a broad spectrum of experience from which to draw. She holds the Certified Exhibition Manager designation and shares a passion for competitive sports. Araujo attended Columbia University, where she played basketball for the Lions while honing her skills and love of the written word.


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Alyson Fick, Manager, Technical Committee Operations Division, ASTM

Alyson Fick is a Manager in ASTM International’s Technical Committee Operations (TCO) Division.  ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. As an ASTM manager, Alyson is responsible for the management of ASTM Committees made up of volunteer member-experts from various industry sectors, such as Petroleum and Plastic.  Alyson is responsible for assisting these members as they develop ASTM standards for use around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in International Area Studies and Modern Languages from Drexel University and a Masters in Public Administration from Villanova University.



September 9, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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