Exceptional Boards – Virtual Edition: Strengthening the Governance Team

Exceptional Boards – Virtual Edition: Strengthening the Governance Team

Event Information


May 06, 2021 - May 07, 2021


11:00 AM - 3:30 PM



United States

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This virtual edition of Exceptional Boards is an online workshop for CEOs and elected officers. Delivered live and highly interactive with plenty of time to process what your team is learning, the program fosters effective governance and optimizes the entire board as a cohesive unit through best practices in board organization, structure, and operations. Discover the insight and resources you need to build a high-performing board that understands its role, fulfills its responsibility, demonstrates visionary leadership, and leads the organization to new heights.

Beyond tapping the knowledge and expertise of the program facilitators, you'll connect more deeply with your leadership team as you engage in private team discussions, utilizing online breakout room capability. Additionally, the program harnesses group interaction through polls and chats. CEOs and elected officers will:

  • develop strategies to build a cohesive board
  • explore strategies for effective virtual board meetings
  • analyze the board’s key governing functions and primary responsibilities
  • use effective management principles in orientation/onboarding, communicating, managing conflict, and structuring board meetings
  • understand implications of associations’ maturity lifecycle
  • evaluate implications of different types of boards (operational, strategic, generative) and management models
  • navigate emerging trends and common governance challenges
  • Examine legal duties of the board and board members and reinforce accountability for fiduciary responsibilities
  • create a leadership team action plan using assessment and analysis
  • leverage characteristics and habits of high-performing boards and avoid common board dysfunctions
  • enhance the process of decision making and decision quality using future-focused foresight to anticipate change and set strategic direction.
  • Please note: This program is designed for team participation, requiring at least one staff professional and one board leader to jointly attend.

    The program is eligible for seven hours of CAE credit, including one hour of ethics credit.

    Registration for this event will close April 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

    Accessibility Features:

    This program will be hosted via Zoom and will have captioning provided by Otter.ai.

    During the program, the content leader will be utilizing breakout rooms for group work. Otter.ai captioning is not available in the breakout rooms. If you would like to request a live captioner to be available in the breakout room, please reach out to Courtney Peck.

    • Agenda

      • Please note: Agenda may change. All times are ET.

        Thursday, May 6, 2021

        Governing and Managing in the Association World

        11:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m.

        Welcome and Introductions

        The Board's Ethical, Fiduciary, and Accountability Role

        Characteristics and Principles of Exceptional Boards

        12:45-1:15 p.m.: Break

        1:15-3:30 p.m.

        Strategic Planning

        Assessing the Strengths and Needs of Your Board

        Building an Effective CEO/Board Chair Partnership

        Friday, May 7, 2021

        Collaborative Board-Building Tasks

        11:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m.

        Effective Board Recruiting, On-boarding, Communicating and Disciplining

        Capitalizing on your Face-to-Face Board Meeting Time

        12:45-1:15 p.m.: Break

        1:15-3:30 p.m.

        Driving Organizational Performance

        Tools and Approaches for Board and CEO Assessments

        Continuity Planning

        Please note: This program is designed for team participation, requiring at least one staff professional and one board leader to jointly attend.

        Accessibility Features:

        This program will be hosted via Zoom and will have captioning provided by Otter.ai.

    • Speakers

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        Mark T. Engle, D.M., FASAE, CAE

        Mark Engle is a principal with Association Management Center in Chicago, headquarters to 31 associations with a staff of more than 230 talented professionals. Mark studied nonprofit governance and received his doctor of management degree in 2011 from Case Western Reserve University. A frequent author and speaker on governance and high-performing organizations, he served as a CEO for trade associations and professional societies for 29 years. He is a fellow of ASAE and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Leadership (Case Western Reserve University) and a BoardSource certified governance trainer. Mark has participated in more than 300 board meetings during his career. Written from their 2019 ground-breaking ASAE Foundation governance research, Mark and Will Brown, PhD (Texas A&M University) released a new book, Recruit the Right Board: Proven Processes for Selecting Critical Competencies.

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        Mary M. Byers, CSP, CAE

        Mary Byers is coauthor of Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations and Road to Relevance: Five Strategies for Competitive Associations and hosts the “Successful Associations Today” podcast. She served as a staff executive for two associations before starting her consulting business in 1998. Since then, she’s worked with more than 300 organizations, specializing in helping volunteer association leaders and chief staff executives to define their roles and clarify their vision through leadership conference programming, facilitating strategic planning retreats, and coaching. Mary also helps association leaders craft high-stakes conversations. She has served on several boards, giving her a view from both the staff and volunteer leader side of board governance.

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        ASAE will fully refund program registrations fees in full with notifications submitted to our Member Services Team via e-mail at [email protected].
        All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by 5 business days before the program. Requests made in writing less than 5 business days prior to the first day of the conference starting will receive a refund of registration fees minus a $50 administrative fee. Refunds cannot be approved for no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted at any time. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

        Event Cancellation or Postponement
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        Code of Conduct
        Please review ASAE’s Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct
        prior to participating in this program. We seek to provide an engaging, comfortable, and safe experience for each of our participants and appreciate your support in creating a welcoming environment.