Executive Leadership Forum

Executive Leadership Forum

Event Information


Jun 07, 2017 - Jun 09, 2017 Eastern


Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5

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As a leader facing perpetual distractions and competing priorities, how do you find clarity, balance, and a capacity to thrive so that you get results in a changing environment? Discover answers at the Executive Leadership Forum, a thought-provoking executive learning experience for senior-level leaders in the association community seeking intellectually demanding, creative, and higher-order learning. 

Association leaders participating in the forum are inspired and challenged by engaging thought leaders—visionaries and role models from a variety of professions and backgrounds. Designed in an evidence-based and highly interactive format, the forum leverages engagement with peers to increase synthesis and application of advanced concepts.

Come to the forum to:

  • learn to resist distraction by what seems urgent so that you can focus on what is truly important to your well-being and the well-being of your association and community.
  • increase your leadership effectiveness by cultivating your intuitive qualities of awareness, authenticity, strength, and clarity.
  • energize your personal leadership journey through powerful conversations, real-time collaboration, and high-level discussion with thought leaders.
  • build your network of senior association executives willing to hold you accountable to your learning goals and actively participate in reflection with you.

Program Overview

Wednesday, June 7, 2017: Opening evening reception, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 8, 2017: Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.; program, 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m..; evening reception, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 9, 2017: Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.; program, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6C375
Phone: 866-540-4509
Fax: 604-691-1999
Group Rate: $259 single/double (CAD)
Cutoff date: May 23, 2017
Group Code: ASAE
Reservations can be made online or by calling the Global Reservation Center at 800-441-1414.

  • Agenda

    • Wednesday, June 7, 2017

      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Reception hosted by Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and Tourism Vancouver

      Thursday, June 8, 2017

      8:00 – 9:00 a.m.   

      9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  
      Conversation and Collaboration

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

      10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
      Deep Dive and Discussion: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons From the Longest Study on Happiness
      Dr. Robert Waldinger, clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

      What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone—but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Robert has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study, as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to live a long, fulfilling life.

      12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

      1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Optimizing Mindfulness for the New 21st-Century Intelligence
      Dr. Shimi Kang, physician, author, global social entrepreneur

      We are living in the most fast-paced, ultracompetitive, socially connected, and globally diverse era we have ever known. In this “Conceptual Era,” anything that can be automated or outsourced will be. Those who can execute original concepts in diverse ways will have the edge. To thrive in this complex world, leaders who optimize mindfulness will develop the new 21st-century intelligence of CQ—Consciousness Quotient. In this talk, Dr. Shimi Kang will unpack the art and science of mindfulness-based techniques to help you develop the five 21st-century traits of CQ: communication, collaboration, contribution, critical thinking, and creativity. You will learn practical, everyday “prescriptions” that lead to enhanced innovation, social leadership, wellness, and adaptability for our ever-changing world.

      2:30 – 2:45 p.m.               
      Networking Break   

      2:45 – 4:15 p.m.               
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Enhance Leadership Effectiveness with Mindfulness
      Jacqueline Carter, M.Sc., partner and North American director, Potential Project

      Leading in today’s fast-paced, always-on, complex environment is not easy. You need to be strategic, clear-minded, calm, and innovative, while simultaneously managing a flood of information, requests, and decisions coming at you from a variety of sources 24/7. In this session, Jacqueline Carter will share strategies for getting one second ahead of your reactive mind to enhance focus, clarity, creativity, and well-being. You’ll leave this highly engaging and interactive session with practical takeaways that you can apply immediately.

      4:15 – 5:15 p.m.               
      Conversation and Collaboration

      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Reception hosted by Vancouver Convention Centre and VHDA – Vancouver Hotel and Destination Association

      Friday, June 9, 2017

      8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

      9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Lead Yourself First—The Power of Solitude
      Mike Erwin, CEO, the Character and Leadership Center; cofounder and president, the Positivity Project

      One of the most important actions a leader can take is to create time for solitude. The notion is counterintuitive but exceptionally timely, because—courtesy of technology—people are more distracted than ever before, and leaders’ ability to engage in solitude has been eroding steadily. In this session, Mike Erwin explains how great leaders throughout history have used solitude to fortify their character and enhance their clarity, creativity, emotional balance, and moral courage.

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

      10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Rewire Your Brain for Leadership Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule
      Matt Tenney, social entrepreneur and consultant, Perth Leadership Institute

      Wouldn't it be nice if you could develop essential leadership traits without having to add anything to your schedule? With the "invisible" practice of mindfulness, you can. Research in neuroscience suggests that mindfulness training changes both the structure and function of the brain in ways that improve both business acumen and emotional intelligence, two key drivers of leadership effectiveness. Matt Tenney will show you how, introducing mindfulness through his journey from prisoner to monk to social entrepreneur.

      12:15 – 1:15 p.m. 

      1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Happier People, Happier Organizations
      Neil Pasricha, happiness expert and author

      The strongest companies in the world have the happiest employees. Coincidence? No. By researching top leaders at Harvard, developing leaders inside Fortune 100 companies, and working with clients like Shell, Kraft, and Viacom, Neil Pasricha developed unique frameworks to create happiness in individuals and drive engagement and high-performance results inside organizations. In this talk, he reveals these leaders’ secrets and will leave you with inspiring, put-it-in-your-pocket models to build support networks, manage energy and stress, and create lasting happiness.

      2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
      Networking Break     

      2:45 – 3:00 p.m. 
      Conversation and Collaboration

  • Speakers

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      Jacqueline Carter

      Jacqueline Carter is a partner and the North American director for Potential Project, the leading international provider of corporate-based mindfulness solutions. She has more than 20 years of experience working with organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Southeast Asia to enhance performance and achieve desired results. She is a coauthor of “One Second Ahead—Enhance Performance at Work with Mindfulness” and is currently working on “The Mind of the 21st-Century Leader” (coming March 2018). She has a master’s degree in organizational behavior and worked with Deloitte Consulting for many years in the firm’s Change Leadership practice.

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      Mike Erwin

      Mike Erwin is CEO of the Character and Leadership Center and cofounder and president of the Positivity Project, a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower America’s youth to build stronger relationships by seeing character strengths in themselves and others. He is coauthor of “Lead Yourself First,” focusing on how solitude strengthens people’s character and their ability to lead with conviction, clarity, and balance. Mike is also a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he serves as an assistant professor in leadership and psychology.

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      Shimi K Kang

      An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, in the classroom, and at home. With more than 15 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind motivation and wellness, Shimi shows people how to cultivate the 21st-century skills needed to flourish both professionally and personally.

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      Neil Pasricha

      Neil Pasricha is author of “The Book of Awesome,” an award-winning blogger, and a popular TED speaker. A Harvard MBA, Neil has been described as “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas and frameworks that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, he draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.

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      Matt Tenney

      Tenney works to develop highly effective leaders who achieve extraordinary, long-term business outcomes—and live more fulfilling lives—by realizing high levels of self-mastery and more effectively serving and inspiring greatness in others. Matt is a social entrepreneur and the author of “Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom” and “The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule.” He is an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the Perth Leadership Institute. His clients include Wells Fargo, Marriott, United Airlines, RE/MAX and many other organizations.

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      Robert Waldinger

      Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and Zen priest. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done. The study tracked the lives of two groups of men for more than 75 years, and it now follows their baby boomer children to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and well-being in middle age. The author of numerous scientific papers and two books, Robert teaches medical students and psychiatry residents at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and is a senior dharma teacher in Boundless Way Zen.

  • Sponsors & Partners

    • Thank you to our Strategic Partner, Business Events Canada and its partners.

  • Policies

    • Our Guarantee
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      Cancellation, Refund & Substitution Policy
      Submit all requests to ASAE Registration via email at registration@asaecenter.org. All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by June 1, 2017, to receive a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee.  Refunds cannot be approved for requests received after this date, to include 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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