Form Should Follow Function. The structure of our association (form) should be driven by and support a vision of what the association can and should be (function). When function is limited by form, it stifles the organization’s ability to respond swiftly and efficiently to changes in member needs over time.
Continual Improvement. No organization is ever the best that it can be. We commit to continuous improvement and a regular evaluation of our strategies and priorities to stay relevant to our members and the profession.
Integrity. We hold ourselves and each other accountable to the highest levels of professional practice and conduct.
Culture. An association is shaped by attitudes and behavior. We pledge to foster supportive, respectful and trusting relationships with constituent state associations, leadership, staff, membership and other stakeholders who support our mission, vision and values.
Knowledge-based Deliberation. We encourage and respect differences of opinion, constructive debate and open, honest communication during the issue deliberation process. We remain committed to the collection, organization and application of relevant data as the basis for informed discussion and debate.
Decision Making. We seek to build and act on consensus whenever possible, but will not shy away from taking a stand on important issues when consensus cannot be reached. We will always be guided by a singular purpose: excellence in service to members and the families they serve.
Unified Front. We pledge to stand united on decisions reached by leadership groups, regardless of personal feelings about the issues involved.