CEO Symposium

CEO Symposium

Event Information


Apr 03, 2023 - Apr 04, 2023


Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

333 West Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
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.

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 West Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: 414-276-1234
Room rate: $159 single/double
Cutoff date: March 20, 2023

  • Agenda

    • Monday, April 3, 2023

      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
      Your Model of Leadership
      Your Association’s Environment
      The Character of Your Organization

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

      10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Discussion Thread I, continued
      Consultative Partnership
      Leading Together for Good Governance

      12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

      1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
      Discussion Thread II: Relationships, Roles, and Responsibilities
      Relationships: Work Preferences
      Roles: Member and Staff Leaders

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

      3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
      Discussion Thread II, continued
      Responsibilities: Fiduciary Duties
      Representative Governance Model

      5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

      Tuesday, April 4, 2023

      7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

      8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
      Discussion Thread III: Leading Strategic Conversations
      Technology Strategy
      Research Strategy
      Engagement Strategy

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

      10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Discussion Thread III, continued
      Advocacy Strategy
      Financial Strategy

      12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

      1:15 – 3:30 p.m.
      Discussion Thread IV: Leadership of Culture

  • Speakers

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      Glenn H. Tecker

      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

      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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      Jim Meffert

      As a Senior Consultant with Tecker International, Jim combines 25 years of executive experience with proven tools to help non-profit staff and volunteer leaders, for-profit CEOs, universities and governments develop focussed strategies, targeted business plans, redesigned operations, streamlined governance, effective brands and implement large scale projects. Quick Stats: 14 years in CEO positions including 12 with a professional health care association. 25 years connecting private, public, non-profit sectors in health care and education leading efforts to connect health care providers, payers and delivery systems. Serving as a volunteer on over a dozen boards of directors including 14 years in officer positions. Working as a liaison between the staff and elected leadership of over 40 national organizations. Building and leading coalitions of organizations in the healthcare and education. Leading and participating in the search for senior staff and board members for organizations in multiple sectors. Leading national and local branding and PR projects A lifetime of political engagement from leading the Nixon campaign in my kindergarten to running for US Congress (including receiving 150,000 votes).

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