Exceptional Boards: Strengthening the Governance Team

Exceptional Boards: Strengthening the Governance Team

Event Information


Oct 22, 2018 - Oct 23, 2018 Eastern


Belmond Charleston Place

205 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
United States

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Exceptional Boards is an intensive two-day workshop for CEOs and their elected officers to explore strategies for strengthening their working relationship and enhancing the board's performance. Designed specifically for leadership teams, it provides an engaging learning environment where CEOs and elected leaders together will gain insight and resources to improve the effectiveness of board operations and create a strong and vibrant governance team. It is the one program that coaches you on how to build a board that understands its role, fulfills its responsibility, demonstrates visionary leadership, and ultimately leads the organization it represents to new heights.

The workshop covers:

  • Strategies for building a cohesive board;
  • Roles and responsibilities of the CEO and the board;
  • Conversations to create an effective CEO/board chair relationship; and
  • The development of a leadership team action plan.

Exceptional Boards offers you a rare opportunity to step away from the day-to-day routine and engage in a learning experience in which you'll discover fresh ideas and approaches for enhancing board leadership. You'll benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the program facilitators, but this highly interactive program also engages participants in exercises with their teams, so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and engage in open and honest discussions with your officer(s).

Belmond Charleston Place
205 Meeting Place
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-722-4900
Guest Fax: 843-722-0728
Rate: $275 single/double
Cutoff date: October 8, 2018

  • Agenda

    • Monday, October 22, 2018

      Governing and Managing in the Association World

      8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
      Registration and Continental Breakfast

      8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
      Association Value, Trends, and Governance Challenges

      Roles and Responsibilities of the Collective Board and Its Individual Members

      10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

      10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      The Board’s Fiduciary Obligations, Legal Liabilities, and Emerging Accountability Issues

      Updating the Job Description for Your Board

      Characteristics and Principles of Exceptional Boards

      Assessing the Strengths and Needs of Your Board

      12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

      1:30 – 3:45 p.m.
      Building an Effective CEO/Board Chair Relationship

      Defining Mutual Expectations Between the CEO and the Board Chair

      3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
      Wrap Up

      4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

      Tuesday, October 23, 2018

      Collaborative Board-Building Tasks

      8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
      Continental Breakfast

      8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
      Strengthening the Selection, Orientation, Communication, and Discipline of Individual Board Members

      Improving the Way the CEO and Board Officers Can Work

      Working Together to Recruit, Orient, Engage, or Communicate with Board Members

      10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

      10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
      Making Board Meetings More Strategic, Substantive, and Interesting

      Practices to Enhance Board Committee Structure and Process

      12:10 – 1:00 p.m.

      1:00 – 3:15 p.m.
      Approaches and Good Practices for Board SelfAssessment and CEO Performance Assessment

      3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
      Review and Adjourn

  • Speakers

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      Mary M. Byers, CAE

      Mary Byers is coauthor of Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations and Road to Relevance: Five Strategies for Competitive Associations. She served as a staff executive for two associations before starting her consulting business in 1998. Since then, she’s worked with more than 200 organizations, specializing in helping volunteer association leaders and chief staff executives to define their roles and clarify their vision through leadership conference programming, facilitating strategic planning retreats, and coaching. She has served on several boards, giving her a view from both the staff and volunteer leader side of board governance.

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      Mark T. Engle, D.M., FASAE, CAE

      Mark Engle is a principal with Association Management Center in Chicago, headquarters to 32 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 chief staff executive 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.

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