CEO Symposium

CEO Symposium

Event Information


Feb 10, 2025 - Feb 11, 2025


Hard Rock Hotel

207 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

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The CEO Symposium provides a unique opportunity for you and your volunteer leader to maximize the leadership partnership. Explore how you can best work together to effectively carry out your association's mission and enhance future success. The expert faculty from Tecker International, LLC, will help you and your leadership partner come to a common understanding of roles, responsibilities, and relationships in association governance and strategy. Facilitated conversations and interactive exercises will help you confidently and enjoyably lead your organization in the upcoming year.

The symposium addresses:

  • Current and anticipated challenges facing leaders of contemporary associations
  • Value of research and strategy in knowledge-based decision making
  • Relationships of board and staff in association governance
  • Leadership behavior and its impact on change, innovation, and organizational culture
  • Successful practices in strategic planning and thinking

Program Overview

Day One: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Includes breakfast, a one-hour lunch, and two breaks. There will be an evening reception from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Day Two: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Includes breakfast, a one-hour lunch, and a morning break.

Hard Rock Hotel
207 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-702-3000
Room rate: $269 single/double
Cut off: January 24, 2025

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Speaker Info

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Glenn H. Tecker

Chair and Co-CEO, Tecker International LLC

Glenn H. Tecker is chairman and co-CEO of Tecker International. He has more than 35 years of experience assisting associations and not for profit corporations in planning for change. Glenn is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on association leadership and strategy. He has worked in an executive capacity with businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations and served as a board member for a number of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Glenn’s expertise is in the areas of governance, leadership, program strategy, evaluation, organizational design, and research & analysis. His celebrated presentation skills will be critical to any effort. Glenn was inducted into ASAE's Academy of Leaders in 1998. Glenn is the author of articles and posts published by the American, Canadian, and European Societies of Association Executives. He has been a keynote speaker for mission driven organizations around the world. He is also the primary co-author of three best-selling books – "The Will to Govern Well: Knowledge, Trust and Nimbleness"; "Building a Knowledge-Based Culture: Using 21st Century Work and Decision-Making Systems in Associations"; and "Successful Association Leadership: Dimensions of 21st Century Competency for the CEO". Currently he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind Foundation and America’s Vet Dogs in NY. He has also served as Board Chair for New Hope Academy – a nonprofit multi-campus nontraditional alternative school in Pa.


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Donna F. Dunn, CAE

Principal Consultant, Tecker International LLC

​​Donna French Dunn, CAE, has had a long career as an association executive and strategist. She brings her experience, ranging from membership and communications to change management, to her consultation with and support of association leadership. She has served the association management profession on the ASAE Board of Directors and as chair of the ASAE Executive Management Section Council and the ASAE Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Donna is a board member of the New England Society of Association Executives and the Leadership Circle of South Congregational Church. She makes time for long-distance walking, cross-country skiing, and hiking to balance the challenges of association leadership.


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Gregory J. Fine, FASAE, CAE

Principal Consultant, Tecker International LLC

With more than 25 years of successfully helping organizations grow and prosper; combined with boundless energy, passion and enthusiasm, Greg's collaborative approach delivers the insight, strategies, and resources necessary to turn intent into action.

Prior to joining Tecker International, he served as executive vice president and CEO of CCIM Institute, a 13,000-member international professional association. Before that, he was global CEO of the Turnaround Management Association. With a reputation for organizational change and innovation, his diverse and successful career has provided him with deep and comprehensive expertise that informs all of his work.

Greg is a respected and engaged volunteer leader. He served on the ASAE and ASAE Foundation Boards, Association Media & Publishing Board - including tenure as president, the DigitalNow Advisory Group, is faculty emeritus for the U.S. Chamber's Institute of Organizational Management and was a member of the Chamber’s Association Committee of 100. He is prolific writer and speaker, most recently co-authoring a chapter in Professional Practices in Association Management (4th edition 2021). He is a sought-after and highly rated speaker for audiences around the world.

Among many awards, Greg received the 2017 Association Forum "Inspiring Leader" award; the 2009 "Young and Aspiring Association Professional" by Association TRENDS; and the Angerosa Research Foundation's inaugural "Publishing Trendsetter," an award recognizing innovation that advances association publishing. CCIM was the inaugural recipient of the Association Forum Welcoming Environment Award® in 2018 and he was recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago 2020 Notable LGBTQ Executives.

Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Greg was a leader from his earliest years. This included becoming one of the state's youngest elected officials in history when, at age 18, he was elected to the Missoula County High Schools Board of Trustees. He was re-elected twice and served as Board Chair. He is a graduate of The University of Montana with a BA in PSc and History Minor, currently resides just outside of Chicago in Harbor Country, Michigan, is an avid world traveler, and an award-winning amateur poet.



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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

    • Monday, February 10, 2025

      7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
      Registration and Breakfast

      9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
      Program Overview

      Discussion Thread I: The Special Nature of Associations
      Perspectives of Leadership
      Organizational Lifecycle
      Trends in Organizations

      10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
      Networking Break

      10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Discussion Thread I, continued
      Thinking and Working Style Preferences

      12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

      1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
      Discussion Thread II: CEO/CSO Relationships, Leading for Success
      Roles and Responsibilities
      Representative Governance Model
      Assessing Leadership Culture

      3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
      Networking Break

      3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
      Discussion Thread II, continued

      5:15 – 6:00 p.m.

      Tuesday,February 11, 2025

      7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

      8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
      Discussion Thread III: Roles, Relationships, and Responsibilities
      Effective Decisions
      Board Norms
      Assessing Performance
      Board Agenda
      Balanced Board
      Tools for Decision-Making

      10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
      Networking Break

      10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Discussion Thread IV: Tools, Processes, Systems and Strategies

      12:10 – 1:00 p.m.

      1:15 – 3:30 p.m.
      Discussion Thread IV, continued
      Distinguishing Value Proposition(s)
      Levels of Connection
      Leading Change

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