Preconference Workshops

Preconference Workshops

Friday, August 13 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Registration closed at 12pm EST on Thursday, August 12. If you have questions about your registration please email


Young Professionals as Future Leaders Workshop 

Disrupting Biases: Uncovering how Privileges Manifest in Associations

Many want to be a positive voice for change, yet some remain afraid to make a mistake or look foolish. Join us for a candid discussion on how we can use privilege for good. The Filipino word bayanihan translates to English as "the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation to achieve a particular goal." Learn to identify strategies and tactics to both personally and professionally disrupt the cycle of oppression and strive towards justice. To disrupt biases and identify problems that privileges create in the way we relate to one another, you will use a Critical Participatory Action framework to discover how biases create unjust environments. After using videos, blogs, and our personal stories to identify these issues, as a community we will identify ways to create more just and equitable environments through intentional dialogues about how to be better allies.

Content Leaders:

Nathan Victoria, CAE, executive director, Society for Personality Assessment
Tiki Ayiku, assistant VP, professional development, NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education


CEO-Executive Directors Workshop 

The Ethical Dimensions of The Board's Duty of Foresight

In this time of radical uncertainty, volatility, and risk, the duty of foresight every association board's highest responsibility. The duty of foresight is the shared commitment that boards make to learn as much as possible with the future. It lives at the core of a generative integration of stewardship, governing, and foresight [SGF], and is a next practice that enables boards and their staff partners to understand, anticipate, and carefully examine the long-term implications of today’s decisions. This high-impact session will challenge participants to examine the human and ethical dimensions of the board’s duty of foresight, adopt a fresh perspective on the importance of future-focused board decision-making, and begin building new capacity for shaping more equitable, inclusive, and ethical futures for their associations, current stakeholders. and the many successors yet to come in the decade ahead.

This pre-conference session qualifies for ethics credits that are required for CAE renewal.

Content Leader:

Jeff De Cagna, FRSA FASAE, executive advisor, Foresight First LLC 


Associations @Work 

Future Forward: The Roadmap to Building a Resilient Organization

Gone are the days of 5-year strategic plans. Over the past year and a half, most organizations have had to rethink plans in-place and, at a minimum, re-envision their business operations and engagement methodologies in shorter time bands. Responding quickly AND strategically to the changing needs of your members and employees is ever more essential, as we look toward the future. This masterclass will take a holistic approach to planning across all areas of our business, leveraging both financial and human resources, and position you to make decisions that can flex and adjust with new inputs. Join us to give your association a strategic advantage and increase your potential for growth. In this highly interactive workshop, you’ll:

  • Gain insights into how to utilize forecasting to identify short- and long-term strategic decision points and gauge when a decision needs to be made.
  • Gain a better understanding of how to create resilient business strategies and plan for unexpected change.
  • Develop a custom roadmap for embedding nimbleness across all areas of your organization.
  • Identify the primary obstacles to organizational resilience and create a strategy to overcome them.
Content Leaders:

Sara Curtis, CAE, director, HR, American Society of Anesthesiologists
Tanisha Lewis, CFO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rhea Steele, CAE, chief of staff, School Nutrition Association


Achieving Global Success 

World-Café – Sustaining Your International Presence in Uncertain Time

Get a strategic overview of the core issues facing associations as they try to build and maintain global momentum. You will participate in multiple rounds of facilitated, café-style conversations on the strategic topics discussed. After several rounds of conversation, the moderators will initiate a period of sharing discoveries and insights with the whole group where you will develop an action plan that you can take back to your organization.

Content Leaders:

Colleen Eubanks, CAE, CEO, International Association for the Study of Pain
Jakub Konysz, MA, IOM, CAE, Head, Global Navigators 
Arlene Pietranton, PhD, CAE, CEO, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Marsha Turner, CAE, CEO, International Association of Lighting Designers


Senior Executive Aspiring to CEO 

Governance Essentials: Effective Practices for Staff

To succeed, associations depend on good governance practices and association staff are critical to implementing and promoting them. Drawing on its rich history of establishing frameworks in which boards of directors are able to function at a high level, AMC has developed this half-day workshop that will present core governance practices with a focus on the "nuts and bolts" of good governance.  When you sign up, you also will receive a copy of Governance Essentials: Effective Governance Practices for Association Staff™, a companion workbook containing sample forms, face sheets, and instructions that we’ll reference throughout the course.

This 3-hour interactive course in good governance will give you the knowledge and tools you need to implement practices that will support your business goals and bring your organization into the future. 

When you attend this course, you will:

  • Learn core governance practices and discuss implementing them with governance experts and your peers.
  • Explore the areas where your role intersects with the Board and where it is separate.
  • Engage in interactive virtual activities that will give you a hands-on opportunity to apply your learnings and meet with your peers in association management.
  • Gain proven practical tools you can use immediately to promote and implement good governance practices.
  • Earn 3 CAE credits that can be applied your CAE application or renewal requirements.
Content Leaders:

Mark Engle, MS, FASAE, CAE, principal, Association Management Center
Erin Volland, MPA, CAE, senior consultant, Association Management Center



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