Exceptional Boards – Virtual Edition: Strengthening the Governance Team

Exceptional Boards – Virtual Edition: Strengthening the Governance Team

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Nov 19, 2024 - Nov 20, 2024



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.


Speaker Info

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Mary M. Byers

President, Mary Byers Inc

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.


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Mark T. Engle, CAE

AMC Principal, Association Management Center

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.


Accessibility Features

This program provides professional live captioning by 3 Play media. If you require ASL or additional accommodations, please let us know at Learning & Meetings to request specialized accommodation for this program.


  • Agenda

    • Please note: Agenda may change.

      Tuesday, November 19, 2024
      Governing and Managing in the Association World

      11:00-12:35 p.m. EST
      Welcome, Introductions, Overview, and Context
      Association Trends and Emerging Governance Challenges
      The Board’s Ethical, Fiduciary and Accountability Role
      What Boards Must and Should Do

      12:35 – 1:00 p.m. EST
      Drivers of Organizational Performance

      1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

      1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
      Assessing the Strengths and Needs of Your Board

      2:30 - 3:20 p.m. EST
      Building an Effective Board/Staff Partnership

      3:20 - 3:30 p.m. EST
      Wrap-Up Close

      Wednesday, November 20, 2024
      Board-Building Tasks that Require the Greatest Degree of Collaboration between the CEO and the Board Chair

      11:00 – 12:25 p.m. EST
      Effective Board Recruiting, Onboarding, Communicating, and Disciplining

      12:25 – 1:00 p.m. EST
      Capitalizing on Your Face-to-Face Board Meeting Time

      1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

      1:30 – 3:15 p.m. EST
      Tools and Approaches for Board and CEO Assessments

      3:15 – 3:30 p.m. EST
      Accountability and Wrap-Up

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