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CEOnly: A Forum for Large Association CEOs - Suburban Spring 2013 Event

April 25, 2013
10:30 AM -  5:30 PM
The Westin O'Hare

Practice Areas: CEOs and Executive Directors of associations with a minimum of 50 staff and/or an annual budget of $10 million


CAE Domain and Credit Hours: 2 - Leadership; 5 hours
Other: The registration deadline is Friday, April 19

This event, designed for association CEOs and executive directors with a minimum of 50 staff and/or an annual budget of $10 million or more, addresses the many complex issues executive officers continue to face in today’s rapidly changing environment. Join your large association CEO peers for program topics and open forums addressing the issues that matter most to you.
Register now for your chance to network and hear from experts on the many big picture items that challenge you every day in a true peer-to-peer environment.
Schedule of Events



10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Welcome / Introductions
Christie Tarantino, CAE, president & CEO, Association Forum of Chicagoland;
Elizabeth Summy, MSc., CAE, vice president, personal membership groups, American Hospital Association; chair, CEOnly Planning Committee

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Disruptive Innovation: From Turnaround to Growth
Abe Eshkenazi, chief executive officer, APICS The Association for Operations Management

During this innovative session, hear first-hand how the chief executive officer of APICS The Association for Operations Management, worked with his volunteer and staff leadership to take his association once in turnaround to a place of growth and beyond. By having the difficult conversations with his Board around the true nature of the staff and Board relationship, role and responsibility; Eshkenazi led his leadership through various challenges and moved the organization through multiple governance changes over the past 5 years; the latest of which reduced the organization's committees, and completely moved the development of strategic objectives of the organization from the Board's responsibility, to staff owned.

During this session you will hear:

  • APICS journey from an organization in turnaround to growth;
  • Why assessing the relevant life cycle of the organization, while recognizing and remaining aligned to the organization's needs is vital;
  • The importance of developing credibility and trust between you as the CEO and your Board when evaluating the governance model; and
  • The importance of assessing the relevant life cycle of your organization, while being aligned to the organization's needs.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Legal Update: Dealing With the Evolving Staff & Board Relationship
Jerald A. Jacobs, attorney, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, general counsel to ASAE and author of the Association Law Handbook

During this session, Jerry Jacobs will address the evolving relationship between an association’s governing board and its management through staff and the CEO. Jacobs will discuss how legal issues in the past decade have changed the staff and board relationship, including, but not limited to:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Liability issues
  • Tax exemption.

This session will offer a unique opportunity to interact with one of our industry’s thought-leaders. Open dialogue will be encouraged.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 - 4 p.m.

CEOnly Open Forum
Moderator: Patricia V. Blake, CAE, chief executive officer, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

During this moderated open forum, CEOs will have the opportunity to share insights, issues, and best practices with their Large Association CEO colleagues. This is your chance to address the many complex issues CEOs continue to face in today's rapidly changing environment.

4 - 4:15 p.m.

Elizabeth Summy, MSc., CAE, vice president, personal membership groups, American Hospital Association; chair, CEOnly Planning Committee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Invite a Colleague
Have any Large Association CEO colleagues who aren't members of the Association Forum and would benefit from attending this event? Send us their information at ceonly@associationforum.org and we’ll get in touch with them! 

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