ASAE CEO Issues Forum

ASAE CEO Issues Forum

Event Information


Oct 12, 2023 - Oct 12, 2023


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


American Bar Association

321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

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ASAE CEO Issues Forum

The Association CEO’s role has evolved and become increasingly complex. Between social issues, the political and social divides, the mental health and wellness of employees (and themselves), and consistently examining new ways of doing business, the CEO is challenged with many issues that are increasing in urgency and need. This shift begs the question "What is the association CEO’s role in the world right now?"

This October, join skilled facilitators, researchers, and fellow CEOs in a new program designed to broaden thinking, uncover current trends in the industry, and provide key insights from late-breaking ASAE research around new business models for associations and how associations are successfully navigating ESG.

This one-day program will give the CEO community ample opportunity to engage in rich discussions and learning with colleagues in the room. 


Morning Session

Generating Value Amidst Constant Risk and Change: Using What We’ve Learned in the Association Insights Center

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ongoing business disruption from economic uncertainty, new technologies, changing consumer demands and for-profit competition are forcing associations to reconsider their business model, their tolerance for risk and their value proposition. There are a multitude of paths, so how should associations move forward?

Using knowledge gathered through the work of the Association Insights Center over the past year on business models and environmental, social and governance (ESG) opportunities, we will explore trends and solutions for associations against contemporary business forecasts. Gathering with your peers facing similar challenges, we will identify how business models can adapt to reflect the ever-changing environment and identify new paths to create value with ESG.


Afternoon Session

The CEO’s Role in the Contemporary Landscape of Association Leadership

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In the afternoon session, we will first focus on a combination of learning and sharing in a leader-to-leader environment. We will utilize the World Café model to address trends and critical issues for association CEOs around people, culture, financial performance, innovation, excellence. Through these discussions, attendees will walk away with new ideas for solutions from their peers. Expect the opportunity to learn and share with each other on important topics like:

  • Financial uncertainty in the external environment and what it means for associations,
  • Chat GPT and what it means for privacy, staffing, members, etc.,
  • Leader fatigue, CEO burnout, and anxiety in the board room,
  • Association workforce issues from staffing shortages and turnover, to rebuilding culture,
  • Succession planning for staff roles, continuity planning, and crisis planning,
  • The opportunity for associations to change the world through social impact, ESG, and DEI,
  • And more.

In the later part of the afternoon, we will participate in a community building activity to help those in the C-Suite advance their networks through structured networking activities to help pair up those with challenges in certain areas to those with expertise to share in those areas. This activity is meant to ensure that each person expands their network with someone who can help them tackle today’s challenges or learn from their specific experiences. 

This is the place for association leaders to find your community and grow your personal cabinet of advisors.


While we do not have any contracted hotels for accommodation, the following two hotels are conveniently located near the ABA office where the forum is taking place.



ASAE is committed to providing an outstanding experience for all participants. We strive for full access to the activities of these events based on an awareness of participants' needs and appropriate planning. Please refer to the ASAE Meetings Accessibility Policy. Accessibility accommodations relating to mobility, hearing, vision, or other areas may be provided.

We ask that requests for reasonable accommodations be made as early as possible, and well in advance of the event via the registration process. Onsite requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability; however, available resources may be limited. Please email Learning & Meetings to request specialized accommodation for this program.


  • Agenda

    • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

      9:00 - 10:30 a.m. AIC Insights – New Business Models

      10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

      10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AIC Insights – Environmental, Social and Global Issues

      12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

      1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Group curated session and discussion

      2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break

      2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Group curated session and discussion

  • Speakers

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      Kristi L. Donovan, CAE

      Practice Director, McKinley Advisors

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      Patrick Glaser, MA, MPA

      Chief Practice Officer, McKinley Advisors

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      Debbie Trueblood, IOM, FASAE, CAE

      Senior Consultant, Association Management Center

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