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10 Reasons to Belong to IdeasAmerica

Through years of internal and external challenges, including downturns in the economy the Association still continues to provide a valuable service to its membership both in North America, UK, Dubai and Germany. In order to better define the future of the Association the name was changed from the Employee Involvement Association to Ideas America in October, 2010. NASS was dedicated to spreading information on how to make employee suggestion systems work successfully and 75 years later the legacy continues. Employee involvement is the keystone of organizational development, nurturing the engagement and empowerment of people.IdeasAmerica is committed to increasing organizational effectiveness through the imagination of employees. Our members work in a broad range of companies who understand that their employees have the skills and ideas to help make their companies more productive and profitable.IdeasAmerica's annual Awards Program specifically recognizes the creativity of employees and offers awards that honor outstanding Ideas of the Year as well as recognizing the role leadership plays in promoting employee involvement.



Diana Allen​


In July 1942, thirty-five interested suggestion administrators met at the United Airlines Offices in Chicago, IL and agreed to establish what was to become the National Association of Suggestion Systems (NASS).  The purpose of this Association was to improve employer-employee relations, to stimulate constructive thinking on the part of both, and in general to enhance a sympathetic understanding of mutual problems toward making this a better working world in which to live.


Andrea Kelley


Is an internationally recognized organization serving professional managers and administrators of employee ideas, involvement and innovation systems for 75 years by providing quality educational programs, publications, benchmarking and networking opportunities. Our members are leaders who are dedicated to building organizations that engage their employees, encouraging them to contribute to their organizations at many levels and in many ways.

Brenda Kelly


Meet your IdeasAmerica Board Members

Shanna Doucet


Katherine Biehl


  • Benchmarking 
  • Training and Development Opportunities 
  • Annual Training and Networking Conference 
  • Networking Opportunities 
  • Statistical Report (free to members) 
  • Current trends in Employee Recognition Programs 
  • Professional Certifications 
  • IA Award Programs 
  • Access to Members-only Info 
  • Affordable Annual Membership

David Sharpley​


Yvonne Williams​


About IdeasAmerica

Leaders in Ideas, Innovation & Involvement


Brenda Kelly, CASS
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Past President/Treasurer
Diana Allen, CASS

Yvonne Williams, CASS


Andrea Kelley, CASS
Harris Health Systems

Shanna Doucet, CASS

Harris Health Systems

Dave Sharpley
Asama Coldwater Mfg., Inc

Katherine Biehl, CASS
Morton Salt Inc.


Paula Davis, CASS