Governance Essentials: Effective Practices for Staff - Back by Popular Demand!

When:  Jul 27, 2018 from 09:00 to 12:00 (CT)
Location: Association Management Center, 8735 W Higgins Rd, #300, Chicago, IL 60631
Career Level: Anyone who works with volunteers and committees including first-time CEOs
CAE Domain and Credit Hours: 3.0
Fee: $225 (member); $300 (non-member)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Discounts and Forum Plus: Forum Plus Members:  If there are five or more member employees attending this course, you are eligible for a 10% discount on each registration.  Contact to take advantage of this discount.

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     
Mary Beth Benner 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.
Dave Bergeson, Ph.D., CAE
Executive Director 
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses and PRISM International
Dave Bergeson 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.

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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