#2's/COO SIG: A COO’s Role in Strategic Planning

When:  Sep 7, 2017 from 09:00 to 10:30 (CT)

Who: #2/COO SIG
Fee: Complimentary with membership
CAE Credit Hours: 1.5
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Association Forum Headquarters 

Program Description:

As a COO or #2, you play a unique role in the strategic planning process – bridging the gap between the strategic planning phase with your CEO and the Board, and the objective-setting and execution phase of the approved strategic plan. This session will offer leading practices for your role throughout the process, as well as provide a business case that the COO’s role is critical to the drafting and implementation process to ensure a successful plan is both adopted and executed.

Attendees will:

- Understand the strategic planning process and your role throughout
- Learn tips on advocating for your “seat at the table” with the Board
- Understand how to craft Strategic Goals with Operations in mind
- Learn Best Practices to Operationalizing the Strategic Plan
- Particpate in a visioning and goal setting exercise
About the Presenter:
Steve Bova, CAE, Senior Director, Business Trade + Industry Practice, SmithBucklin
Steve Bova is an association executive with 30+ years of senior-level experience leading trade, professional and philanthropic organizations. He currently serves as executive director of Financial & Insurance Conference Planners, provides executive oversight to five client organizations within the Business + Trade Industry Practice, and is a member of the SmithBucklin Consulting Services team, providing strategic planning facilitation and governance training services.
During his tenure at SmithBucklin, Steve also has served as executive director of the International Reprographic Association, helping the organization drive growth through strategic leadership, relationship building, forward-looking programming and solid financial performance.
Prior to joining SmithBucklin in 2003, Steve served as executive director of the Warehousing Education and Research Council in Oak Brook, Ill, where he was responsible for the organization’s strategic turnaround. He also held senior level positions with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – a philanthropic organization that advocates for the research and treatment of mood disorders – and the Association Forum of Chicagoland – a professional society for association executives. He started his association management career in 1987 as a communication specialist with the Coin Laundry Association.

Steve is a member of a variety of industry organizations, including the Events Industry Council, American Society of Association Executives, Association Forum of Chicagoland, and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition. He currently serves on the U.S. Travel Association’s Board of Directors.
Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institutes for Organization Management at the University of Notre Dame, holds the Certified Association Executive designation and is a graduate of SmithBucklin’s Leadership Learning Forum.

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