Future Leaders Conference

Future Leaders Conference

Event Information


Mar 13, 2017 - Mar 15, 2017 Eastern


Loews Annapolis Hotel

126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States

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The Future Leaders Conference gives young association professionals an opportunity to connect with industry peers and learn leadership strategies and concepts that will help them reach their full potential. During this two-and-a-half-day conference, participants will gain a greater awareness of their leadership style and its impact on their organization and professional performance.  Register today for the opportunity to:

  • discuss key issues leaders face
  • explore modern concepts of leadership
  • define your personal leadership narrative
  • align your leadership values and strengths with your career goals

Through in-depth discussions with professional coaches, expert facilitators, mentors, and community leaders, participants will get the tools they need to take their career to the next level, no matter where they are now.


Loews Annapolis
Room rate: $149 single/double plus 13% occupancy tax
Cutoff: February 15, 2017
Group Code: ASE318
Reservations can be made online. (Select arrival and departure dates, use drop-down box to select “Group Rates,” and enter the group code). 

  • Agenda

    • Monday, March 13, 2017

      9:00 – 10:00 a.m.                   

      10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                     
      Getting Grounded
      During this first session, you will become acquainted with other attendees, interacting to learn names and build the learning community. Facilitators will provide an overview of the teaching and learning process for the conference, and they’ll identify core association leadership issues they intend to address.

      11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
      Coaches' Session

      12:15 – 1:15 p.m.                   
      Lunch and Learn
      John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE, president and CEO, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

      ASAE’s John Graham will lead you in an exploration of professional development experiences from a senior association leader’s viewpoint. You’ll discuss professional pathways and options available to future association leaders and gain real-life and work lessons from an experienced professional.

      1:30 – 3:00 p.m.                     
      Maximizing My Strengths and Understanding Others
      In this session, you’ll build deeper connections with a small group of participants. You’ll gain a fuller understanding of your peers’ leadership profiles, strengths, and development areas, and you’ll begin the practice of reading others to maximize individual contributions.

      2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
      Coaches’ Session

      3:00 – 3:30 p.m.                     
      Afternoon Networking Break

      3:30 – 5:00 p.m.                     
      Speed Learning: Understanding Operational Areas of Association Management
      Now it’s time to explore the value of a broader understanding of association management and learn about the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. You’ll discover the association management areas that are most crucial and receive input and ideas from organizational consultants.

      6:00 – 7:00 p.m.                     
      Cocktails, Conversation, and Connection
      Dinner on your own

      Tuesday, March 14, 2017

      7:30 – 8:30 a.m.                     
      Continental Breakfast

      8:30 – 10:00 a.m.                   
      As a leader, it’s vital that you recognize your own preferences for handling change. This session will help you understand your personal role in change and how to influence change as it unfolds.

      9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
      Coaches’ Session

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

      10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                     
      Seeing and Being: Leadership Lenses
      It’s time for reflection. Facilitators will ask you to explore your experiences, which influence your mental model of leadership. More broadly, you’ll reflect on various social identities that may affect leaders or their constituents and explore what inclusive leadership means and looks like.

      11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
      Coaches’ Session

      12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                   
      Luncheon with Leadership Library
      Content leaders will identify books, magazines, and other resources that will benefit future leaders both personally and professionally. You’ll also share ideas and thoughts for practical application.

      1:15 – 3:00 p.m.                     
      Imagine That! New Ways of Seeing and Doing
      Get your creative juices flowing in this session, where you’ll look at the distinction between creative, critical, and constructive thinking. You’ll learn the value and importance of creative thinking in every aspect of leadership by putting your creative thinking skills into practice.

      3:00 – 3:30 p.m.                     
      Afternoon Networking Break

      3:30 – 5:00 p.m.                     
      Professional Development Planning
      Learn about the elements of planned professional development. Coaches will share their “lessons learned” regarding personal and professional development. Along with your peers, you’ll commit to continuous improvement and learning by developing an individual plan.

      4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
      Coaches’ Session

      5:00 – 6:30 p.m.                     
      Relax and Rejuvenate

      6:30 – 8:00 p.m.                     
      Learning Community Dinner

      Wednesday, March 15, 2017

      7:30 – 8:30 a.m.                     
      Continental Breakfast

      8:30 – 10:00 a.m.                   
      You must take care of you. Understand how maintaining work-life balance is a critical part of leadership. Coaches will share the experience of “desk yoga” and other techniques to invigorate and calm your mind.

      10:00 – 10:15 a.m.                 
      Morning Networking Break

      10:15 – 11:15 a.m.                 
      Now What? Charting My Path
      Experts will share ideas, resources, and sources of encouragement to help you advance your professional agenda, chart a path toward your leadership goals, and
      identify immediate next steps.

      11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Tonya W. Muse, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director,Council of Manufacturing Associations

  • Speakers

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      Jon C. Hockman, CPF, FASAE

      Jon Hockman, FASAE, is principal of the d3 Group in Washington, DC. A student of human dynamics and a specialist in the business of getting people to talk, Jon has consulted with more than 100 organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Previously, he was the CEO of a college fraternity and a fundraiser for American University and the Children’s Defense Fund. In addition to being a Fellow of ASAE, he holds the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) credential from the International Association of Facilitators. Jon has a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University and did master’s work at American University.

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      Karyn Nishimura Sneath

      Karyn Nishimura Sneath is an educator and consultant serving as the owner of Npower, a leadership training company providing empowerment services such as training, instructional design, and strategic planning. She has spent over 24 years as an educator/consultant, association management senior staff member, and higher education administrator. Over the past 20 years she has custom designed and presented hundreds of training programs to meet the board development, staff training and volunteer leadership development needs of various associations. Nishimura Sneath also facilitates important board conversations such as strategic planning and diversity & inclusion initiatives.

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      John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE

      JOHN H. GRAHAM IV, CAE became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Association Executives August 1, 2003. During the first year of his tenure, ASAE and GWSAE completed an historic merger resulting in a new organization, ASAE and Center for Association Leadership. ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership help associations and association professionals achieve previously unimaginable levels of performance. ASAE & The Center are more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing nearly 11,000 organizations, with a budget of $35 million and a staff of 135. Our members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies, and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the globe, as well as provide products and services to the association community. Before ASAE, he served the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Alexandria, Virginia for 24 years, the last thirteen as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming CEO, John served the ADA in numerous capacities including Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Affiliate, National Director of Affiliate Development, Associate Executive Vice President for Operations and Deputy Executive Vice President. In his tenure as CEO, ADA quadrupled in size, from $50 million to $200 million in annual revenues and successfully moved from 53 independent, separately incorporated affiliate organizations to one nationwide organization with one staff, one budget and one plan. Before joining the American Diabetes Association, John served the Boy Scouts of America for nine years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and serves on the Association Committee of 100, US Chamber of Commerce; BBB Wise Giving Alliance Board of Directors; Convention Industry Council Board of Directors and America’s Promise Board of Trustee’s.

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      Shawn E. Boynes, CAE

      Shawn Boynes is executive director of the American Association of Anatomists in Bethesda, Maryland. His career spans 20 years in the nonprofit sector, and his expertise in association management has driven positive growth for many organizations. Before his current role, Shawn served on the senior management team of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Shawn has served ASAE as a member of the board, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission, the Professional Development Council, and the Healthcare Community Committee. He graduated from Howard University with a B.B.A. in marketing.

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      Monika E. Schulz, CAE

      Monika Schulz is CEO of the American String Teachers Association. In her role, she promotes the vision of enriching lives through universal access to fine string playing and teaching. Monika brings more than 24 years of nonprofit leadership experience and a proven track record for growing successful teams. She has held senior management positions with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Greater Washington Society for Association Executives, and the American Society for Microbiology. Monika has been active with ASAE through the Executive Management Section Council and the National Capital Area Advisory Council. She earned her B.A. from Virginia Tech.

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      Tonya Muse, FASAE, CAE

      Tonya Muse is the executive director of the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). She oversees the leadership, direction, and management of 265 trade association members. Tonya represents the NAM to industry and association leaders and engages CMA members to advance the NAM’s advocacy efforts. Previously, she was director of membership for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. Tonya is an ASAE Fellow, former board member of the ASAE Foundation, and serves as a mentor for ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program. She holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland.

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      Elena Gerstmann, Ph.D, FASAE, CAE

      Elena Gerstmann serves as deputy of executive operation at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. At ASME, she is responsible for implementing programs and communications that help improve the board of governors’ effectiveness and overall organizational growth. Elena is also responsible for overseeing many of ASME’s international relationships. Previously, she worked at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She is an ASAE Fellow and has served on the boards of both ASAE and the ASAE Foundation. Elena has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Clark University and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Rutgers University.

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      Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE

      Gabriel Eckert serves as executive director of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia. He previously served as director of communications and marketing for BOMA Atlanta. He is a Certified Managerial Coach, ASAE Fellow, and graduate of ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program. He currently serves as chair of ASAE’s Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission. Gabriel is a consultant, executive coach, strategic planning facilitator, speaker, and co-author of an ASAE best-seller titled, “From Insight to Action: 6 New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve.” He holds a B.S. from Kansas State University and a M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University.

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