Executive Leadership Forum

Executive Leadership Forum

Event Information


Jun 23, 2024 - Jun 25, 2024


Omni King Edward Hotel

l37 King St
E Toronto, ON M5C 1E9

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The Executive Leadership Forum 2024 offers a unique opportunity for professionals in executive leadership positions to gain invaluable insights and practical strategies. Through sessions led by distinguished speakers, attendees will explore topics such as inclusive leadership, identifying shared values, disrupting power dynamics, and defining collective identity. The Executive Leadership Forum 2024 aims to help leaders navigate the challenges of today's world, including political turmoil and social unrest, by placing values at the forefront of their strategies.

Here are three key takeaways you can expect:

  • Navigating Challenges with Values
  • Discover how associations can navigate today's world, including political turmoil and social unrest, by placing values at the forefront of their strategies. Learn the role of values in decision-making and organizational guidance.
  • Leadership in Diverse Belief Systems
  • Address the complexities of guiding an organization through differing beliefs. Gain strategies for fostering productive discussions and understanding among diverse groups. Learn insights into effective leadership amidst ideological diversity.
  • Transforming Disputes into Opportunities
  • Gain a blueprint for turning disputes and disagreements into opportunities for building trust and strengthening communities. Learn practical methods for transforming conflicts into constructive dialogues that benefit the organization and its members.

Don't miss this opportunity to expand your leadership skills and connect with fellow association leaders.


The Omni King Edward Hotel
l37 King St
E Toronto, ON M5C 1E9 Canada
Phone: 416-863-9700
Room Rate: $399 ++ (CAD)
Cutoff: May 31, 2024
Reservation Link


Up Express Discount

Destination Toronto is pleased to provide ELF attendees with a discount code for Up Express! This will provide a 25% discount and the discount code is: DT24

Destination Toronto strongly encourages the use of UP Express as our main highway from the airport to the downtown core is currently reduced by one lane going in and out of the city, causing a not-so-fun commute at times from Pearson Airport. 

UP Express runs every 15 minutes and is only a 25 minute train ride from Pearson Airport to Toronto's Union Station. From Union, delegates may decide to take the 8 minute walk, taxi or uber to the hotel. 

You can learn more about UP Express Here




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ELF Provocateur

Lori Anderson, FASAE, CAE
President & CEO, International Sign Association

Lori Anderson is President & CEO for the International Sign Association (ISA), which serves the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. ISA’s programs include conferences, advocacy, technology, research and ISA International Sign Expo®, which attracts some 20,000 professionals annually.

Lori is experienced at leading the association through significant change. During her tenure, ISA has undergone a reorganization to realign its membership structure and expanded its international reach. She has guided the organization through several iterations of strategic planning, designed to capitalize on new opportunities and technological changes that impact its members.

She is a past chair of the NAM Council of Manufacturing Associations Board of Directors and was recognized in 2013 by the NAM with its Leadership Award. She has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).


Meet the Speakers

Patrick Glaser
Chief Practice Officer, McKinley Advisors

Patrick Glaser is a passionate and dedicated association innovator and thought leader, a partner at McKinley Advisors, and a trained public opinion researcher and data evangelist. With over 20 years of experience in the association sector, Patrick has helped countless individuals and organizations unlock their full potential and achieve extraordinary results.

As the Chair of McKinley Advisors’ Research & Insights and Business Transformation practice areas, Patrick has a professional focus on understanding what makes associations thrive in the context of social and technological disruption, rapid change and innovation, and the unpredictability of challenges that face all association leaders, such as the issues that drive divergent belief systems.

Patrick holds a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Survey Research, both from the University of Connecticut. Before coming to McKinley, Patrick led the Standards and Ethics function at the Insights Association and was instrumental in the development of industry-wide standards of practice, accreditation, and public relations campaigns.


Kristi Donovan
Practice Director, McKinley Advisors

Kristi has a lifelong passion for getting to know the people behind the purpose and helping associations maximize their impact.

As a practice director on McKinley Advisors’ Strategy and Innovation team, Kristi applies a creative and collaborative approach to help clients solve their most unique challenges. Kristi joined McKinley with more than 20 years of experience working in professional and trade associations. During her association career, she worked across a spectrum of functions, including member engagement, organizational strategy, professional development, communications, volunteer management, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This broad exposure cultivated a personal mission that Kristi applies with clients today: to help associations achieve deep and lasting positive change for the benefit of both industry and society.

Kristi earned her Certified Association Executive credential in 2007 and has served as a facilitator for the CAE Immersion Program. She is a frequent author and speaker, including publishing a chapter on knowledge management for ASAE’s second edition of Core Competencies in Association Professional Development and contributing to ASAE’s Journal of Association Leadership. Her volunteer leader experience includes serving as a member of ASAE’s Diversity and Professional Development Committees and as a former leader of ASAE’s Emerging Leaders’ community. Her journey through the association industry was profiled in a student text, Career Opportunities in Health Care Management, to illustrate alternative options to traditional career paths in the field.


Raven Solomon,
Raven Solomon Enterprises, Inc.

Raven Solomon is a global diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader who helps organizations get future-ready by breaking down the systemic barriers standing in their way. She’s on a mission to solve inequity in the workplace by advancing empathy-forward DEI initiatives that foster productive working relationships and drive business results. With an unquenchable passion for the topic, coupled with her executive leadership background, Solomon will revitalize, or even ignite, your DEI efforts and transform your organization.

Solomon is the CEO of Raven Solomon Enterprises, Inc., a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm helping to build more inclusive spaces by leading DEI transformations based on data, strategy, and integrated education. Prior to this, she was one of the youngest-ever executives in a Fortune 50 company, spending a decade leading large, multi-generational teams.

Solomon is the author of Leading Your Parents: 25 Rules to Effective Multigenerational Leadership for Millennials and Gen Z. She is also the creator behind The Generational View podcast, which is dedicated to cross-generational dialogue, and the LinkedIn audio live series entitled The DEI ER, a weekly community gathering of DEI professionals and enthusiasts.

A dynamic speaker, leader, and community builder, Solomon has consistently shown that her approach to leading and influencing people yields results.


David Allison
Founder, The Valuegraphics Project

After decades of helping big brands engage people, David Allison recognized that demographics weren’t working like before. Gender roles were blurred, age has nothing to do with how we behave, and our income doesn’t change what’s in our hearts. Instead, our values drive our behavior and our shared values that engage people and influence outcomes. So he launched the Valuegraphics Project to turn human values into data and create a revolutionary new approach to inspiring action – with the enormous power of shared human values.

Today, after nearly a million surveys in 152 languages, David is the world’s foremost human values expert, with two best-selling books and an international speaking career. Innovative organizations like PayPal, Lululemon, and the United Nations Foundation use David’s data to connect with people in new, more profound ways - by honoring what they value. He coined the term valuegraphics to describe his unique approach to understanding people, which now appears next to demographics in textbooks used on campuses worldwide. Valuegraphics have been featured in Forbes, INC Magazine, and the Harvard Business Review, and his latest book, The Death of Demographics, was hailed by critics as "Convincing, insightful, and...revolutionary."

He’s developed an entirely new and powerful way to address any issue, and seize any opportunity by leaning deep into a fundamental human truth: we are what we value. His highly engaging and passionate keynote delivery, combined with game-changing insights, make his keynote presentations entirely unique can’t-miss events.


Jesse Wente
Broadcaster, Indigenous Advocate & Pop Culture Philosopher

Jesse Wente is a husband and father, as well as an award-winning writer and speaker. Born and raised in Toronto, his family comes from Chicago and Genaabaajing Anishinaabek and he is an off-reserve member of the Serpent River First Nation. Jesse is best known for more than two decades spent as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. Jesse spent a decade with the Toronto International Film Festival as a curator, including leading the film programming at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. In 2018, Jesse was named the founding director of the Indigenous Screen Office and in summer 2020 he was appointed Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts. Jesse received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto in 2021 for his volunteer contributions and was recently appointed a Senior Fellow of Massey College. His first book “Unreconciled: Family, Truth and Indigenous Resistance” is a national bestseller and was picked as one of best books of 2021 by Chapters-Indigo, Apple Books and The Globe and Mail. Last year, Jesse won the Kobo Emerging Writers Prize in Non-Fiction and most recently, he has been named the Communicator of the Year for 2022 by the International Association of Business Communicators.


Lara Schwartz
Senior Professorial Lecturer, Department of Government, American University

Lara Schwartz is the founding director of the American University Project on Civic Dialogue (formerly Project on Civil Discourse) and teaches at the American University School of Public Affairs. She comes to higher education from a career in national civil rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign and the American Association of People With Disabilities. As a legislative lawyer, she worked to pass federal hate crimes legislation and legislation to protect retirement savings, access to health coverage, and home and community-based care. 

She has served on her university’s working group on freedom of expression and was a fellow with the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. She does workshops on academic freedom, dialogue, free expression, and inclusive pedagogy at colleges around the country. Schwartz’s book, Try to Love the Questions: From Debate to Dialogue in Classrooms and Life (Princeton University Press April 2, 2024), gives college students a framework for understanding and practicing dialogue across difference. Schwartz is the coauthor of How to College: What to Know Before You Go (And When You’re There) (St. Martin’s Press, 2019). Schwartz holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an AB in English and American Literature from Brown University.


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  • Agenda

    • Sunday, June 23, 2024

      6:00 p.m.

      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Reception, Hosted by the Omni King King Edward Hotel

      Monday, June 24, 2024

      7:30 a.m.  – 8:30 a.m.

      7:30 a.m.  – 8:30 a.m.

      8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
      Program Begins, Welcome Remarks

      9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
      Turning Conflict into Community: Strategies for Navigating Divergent Beliefs

      With values taking center stage more frequently due to growing political turmoil, heightened social consciousness and mounting social unrest, associations are stepping up to the plate to tackle the tough issues. As we navigate this complex terrain, associations face fresh, often all-consuming, challenges. Questions like, “How do we guide the organization through the minefield of divergent beliefs?”, “What is the role of the CEO?”, and “What is the secret sauce for turning natural disputes into community-strengthening discussions?” are on everyone’s minds. Join us as we unpack insights gathered from association CEOs through ASAE’s Association Insights Center (AIC) to answer these questions and more. In this session, we will provide a blueprint for association leaders to transform these critical conversations into trust-building, community-forging opportunities.
      Speakers: Patrick Glaser and Kristi Donovan

      10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
      Discussion and Q&A with Patrick Glaser and Kristi Donovan facilitated by Lori Anderson

      10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      Networking Break

      11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
      Leading Inclusively through Times of Uncivil Discourse and Divergent Beliefs

      In times when our members, colleagues, and constituents are more diverse than ever, navigating diverse identities, experiences, and viewpoints with inclusion is not just essential but critical to business continuity and efficacy. How do you create psychological safety and establish boundaries? How do you welcome and respect differences and create a cohesive culture? In this session, Strategic Advisor and Certified Speaking Professional® Raven Solomon will assist you in answering these questions and more by exploring and applying inclusive leadership principles that will guide the future of work.
      Speaker: Raven Solomon

      12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
      Discussion and Q&A with Raven Solomon facilitated by Lori Anderson

      12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

      1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
      Building Bridges: Values-Driven Leadership in Divisive Times

      As association executives, you are often at the forefront of navigating societal challenges, particularly in these polarized times. In 2024, an election year in the USA, the stakes are high, and the discourse—both civil and otherwise—is intensified. You are tasked not only with guiding your memberships through these tumultuous waters but also with taking stances on social issues that could divide your communities. How can you facilitate and moderate effectively in such an environment?
      In this essential keynote, David Allison offers a transformative approach using the Valuegraphics Database, which draws on nearly a million global surveys to identify core human values that transcend political and social boundaries.
      Speaker: David Allison

      3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
      Discussion and Q&A with David Allison facilitated by Lori Anderson

      3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
      Fireside Chat w/ Raven Solomon and David Allison

      4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
      Leisure Time

      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Evening Event, Hosted by Destination Toronto

      Tuesday, June 25, 2024

      7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

      8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
      Open Conversation

      9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
      Talking It Through: Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Era

      In this exclusive talk, award winning author and communicator Jesse Wente will discuss how to navigate an increasingly fraught and complex communication landscape. Jesse will look at how to have constructive and respectful conversation even when you disagree, as well as strategies around public and internal communication. Drawing on his own experience as a public thought leader as well as a change maker, Jesse will look at how to make change, disrupt power dynamics and approach the difficult conversations.
      Speaker: Jesse Wente

      10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
      Discussion and Q&A with Jesse Wente facilitated by Lori Anderson

      10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      Panel Discussion facilitated by Lori Anderson


      • Amy Dufrane,Ed.D., SPHR, CAE, CEO, HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
      • Tim Dietz, President and CEO, Self Storage Association

      11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
      Networking Break

      11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Speaking for All of Us: A Framework for Whether, When, and How to Issue Statements 

      Professor and author Lara Schwartz often says "we" and "us" are the most misused and misunderstood words in the English language. The challenge of making organizational statements shows how true this is.  Since October 2023, intra-organizational fights over these messages have proliferated.  In some industries, such as higher education, there have been renewed calls for "institutional neutrality," the practice of declining to take positions for the entire community. In this workshop, we will explore the challenges of speaking for an association and consider a framework for developing statement policies and practices.  In doing so, we will consider how association leaders identify areas of shared concern and disagreement within an association.
      Speaker: Lara Schwartz

      12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
      Discussion and Q&A with Lara Schwartz facilitated by Lori Anderson

      1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
      Closing Remarks and Closing Lunch

  • Sponsors & Partners

    • Thank you to our Strategic Partner, Destination Canada Business Events, for their ongoing support and partnership of this program.

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