Cornerstone League President/CEO earns CAE credential

PLANO, TX (February 4, 2022) — Caroline Willard, president and CEO of Cornerstone League, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, the highest professional credential in the association industry.

To obtain a CAE designation, an applicant must have experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.

“Cornerstone League’s member credit unions depend on their league’s leadership to stay engaged with and current on best practices so we can provide them with the best value for their dues dollars,” said Willard. “Obtaining my CAE certification reinforces my commitment to help advance credit unions’ success.”

More than 4,700 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

About Cornerstone League

Cornerstone League is among the nation’s largest regional credit union trade associations, serving approximately 600 credit unions in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Cornerstone exists to advance the success of credit unions in the region through legislative and grassroots advocacy; regulatory and compliance support; training, educational, and networking opportunities; essential communications related to news and information affecting the credit union industry; and other products and services that establish Cornerstone as the essential partner for credit unions. For more information, visit 

About American Society of Association Executives

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since the organization was established more than 100 years ago, its members have continued to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in various association management disciplines such as executive management, finance, and technology. With the support of ASAE Research Foundation – a separate nonprofit entity – ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession. ASAE provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. To learn more, visit


Tanya Dittberner
Director, Communications and Media Relations
Cornerstone League

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