Association 101 - 7/20/2017

When:  Jul 20, 2017 from 09:00 to 16:00 (CT)
Practice Areas: Administration, Member Services

Career Level: Entry- and mid-level professionals

$450 (member); $600 (non-member)

Discount and Forum Plus: To learn about discounts, contact Forum Education. Forum Plus Members:  If there are five or more Forum Plus member employees attending this course, you are eligible for a 10% discount on each registration.  Contact to take advantage of this discount.

CAE Domain and Credit Hours: 1 – Organizational Management; 6 hours

Other: Boxed lunch will be provided.

An orientation for association professionals, Association 101 is designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and appreciation for the unique environment, culture and dynamics of associations.

After attending this session, you’ll be able to:
  • Learn the nature and scope of associations
  • Receive information to support career advancement
  • Gain understanding of the working relationships between volunteers/members and staff
  • Enjoy networking opportunities

About The Presenters:

Phil Lesser, Ph.D, CAE
Vice President, Bostrom 
In addition to having been the CEO of several national organizations, Phil has extensive experience with trade associations, professional societies, and credentialing bodies. He consults and trains in a variety of subjects, specializing in facilitation, strategic planning, volunteer and staff development, organization structure and bylaws. Phil concentrates in consulting support that enables organizations to learn how to adopt effective management practices and achieve organizational success.
Phil has been Chairman of the Association Forum of Chicagoland, Chairman of the Certified Association Executive [CAE] Commission of the American Society of Association Executives [ASAE], and ASAE’s CEO Advisory Board. He is a frequent contributor to professional publications and a popular presenter at educational events, as well as teaching strategic planning at The University of Chicago.
Educated at Washington University and the University of Chicago, he holds a PhD in Administration and Policy Development. In addition, he is a Certified Association Executive [CAE] awarded by the American Society of Association Executives and participated in the US Chamber of Commerce Institutes for Organization Management at the University of Notre Dame. 
Katie K Riggs, CAE, CMP 
VP, Client & Conference Services, Raybourn Group International 
As a certified meeting professional and seasoned meeting and event planner, Katie Riggs, is known for more than simply planning amazing events. Joining Raybourn Group International (RGI) in 2008, Katie brought her skills attained through experience in tradeshow management, marketing, and promotions. After working exclusively with
The Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) for just one year, Katie added to her career profile, VP, Client & Conference Services, where she now manages site selection, meeting contracting and business development for
the company in addition to planning logistics for a number of groups.  
Katie has grown her knowledge of the industry through her previous experiences with Klipsch Group Inc., where she was responsible for execution of multiple industry tradeshows, and at Venture Catering where she executed all special events. In addition to her work history, Katie has inspired future meeting planners through multiple speaking engagements to undergraduate students in the tourism conventions and event management program at IUPUI, her alma mater.
Most recently, Katie’s vast understanding of meetings led her to be the featured planner article, in Midwest Meetings Magazine. View full article here. Other honors include the 2012/13 Indiana Chapter of Meeting Professionals International Meeting Planner of the Year, Collinson Media’s 40 Under 40 for 2013, IUPUI Distinguished Alumni Award 2016 and Association Forum Forty Under 40 2016. In addition to the CMP designation earned in 2010 and years in the industry, Katie earned her CAE designation in 2014. Lifelong learning is one of the many reasons that Katie Riggs to take association meetings, conferences and tradeshows to the next level.

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.


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