Governance Essentials: Effective Practices for Staff - Suburban Location

When:  Jan 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CT)
Location: Association Management Center, 8735 W Higgins Rd, #300, Chicago, IL 
CAE Credit Hours: 3.0
Fee: $225 member; $300 non-member (contact to learn about additional Forum Plus discounts

Program Description

High performing organizations depend on good governance practices. Association Management Center (AMC) recognizes that association staff play a critical role in promoting the good governance practices that support high performance.  However, these principles are rarely taught to association staff; most learning is accomplished “on the job.”  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.

Participants' understanding of association governance will be enriched by live, face-to-face instruction from a seasoned association management professional, lively discussion around governance topics and hands-on interactive activities designed to put ideas into practice.

Additionally, workshop participants will receive a copy of Governance Essentials: Effective Governance Practices for Staff™, an AMC-produced manual that will serve as an ongoing resource. This practical guide contains sample forms, face sheets and instructions.

Learning Objectives:
With the overarching goal of enhancing organizational performance throughout the association industry, participants in Effective Governance Practices for Staff, will:
  • Identify and discuss core governance practices
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of both board members and staff, gaining clarity on where they are distinct and where they overlap and intersect
  • Receive practical tools that have proven effective for promoting and implementing good governance practices
  • Engage in interactive learning activities that will enhance understanding of good governance principles and practices
Mary Beth Benner, CAE, Executive Director, Association Management Center offers extensive experience in Board governance, long-range strategic planning, budgeting and financial management, operational management, educational programming, continuing education accreditation for physicians and nurses, volunteer management, project and publication management, government relations, customer service and more.

A Certified Association Executive, Mary Beth has championed leader success throughout her 20-year career. She is adept at building trust, understanding member and leader needs, and helping organizations establish mutually defined goals. Above all, Mary Beth values relationship-building and establishing infrastructures that engage leaders and all members of an association. She is a firm believer that an effective, well-run organization allows volunteer leaders to focus and contribute their unique skill-set, while staff contributes their expertise to organizational management.

In addition to advocating teamwork and better decision-making, Mary Beth applies her training in Crucial Conversations, which allows her to have a greater impact on consensus building, conflict resolution and team performance.
Mary Beth is among the leaders at AMC that developed Effective Governance Practices for Staff, the foundational governance education for association staff.
Liz Giannini, Senior Operations Manager, Association Management Center, proudly serves as a Senior Operations Manager for multiple trade associations at AMC; a Best Places to Work in IL. She gets excited about the work that takes place through the partnership of volunteers, supplier partners, members and colleagues when focused on a shared vision. In September 2015 she was named as an association industry Forty Under 40 honoree and has previously served in marketing, membership, chapter development and operations roles with the Association Forum, Professional Convention Management Association and the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
To best serve members, Liz believes in the need to understand the experience of being a member and/or volunteer from the other side of the table. With that in mind, she’s sought out volunteer experiences that can help her be more effective. For the last ten years, she’s been a scholarship judge for the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) and has also served for three years as the Membership Committee Chair and Board member of the non-profit arts organization, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, where she was the youngest Board member at that time.
She has been a past speaker at both Forum Forward and Holiday Showcase and last presented with Mark Engle, DM, FASAE during the session: "Got Governance? Board Involvement From Micromanagement to Abandonment

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Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program.  Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.


8735 W. Higgins Rd. Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60631