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
Dave Bergeson, Ph.D., CAE, currently serves as Executive Director of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) and PRISM International. Dave also serves on the Executive Leadership Team at AMC, and is Past Chair of Association Forum.
The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses is a 4,000 member professional society dedicated  to promoting optimal nursing care for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders, and their families. Dave is involved in all aspects of APHON, including the development of strategic alliances with other groups, the development and monitoring of the strategic plan, and the production of APHON’s annual  conference. PRISM International is a 500 member trade association dedicated to providing education and services related to physical records storage and management, data protection services, imaging and digital conversion services, and confidential destruction services. As with APHON, Dave is involved in all aspects of PRISM, including the development of a new strategic plan, the conversion of a printed magazine to an award-winning
digital publication, and the production of over 20 international events in four years.
Dave also has developed a strong record of leading successful consulting projects for clients both inside and
outside of AMC. Recent projects include Board Roles and Responsibilities, Characteristics of Effective Boards, Board Self-Assessment Reports, Strategic Planning, Board Governance Restructuring, Committee and Task Force Restructuring, and International Growth Strategies.  
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