Governance Essentials: Effective Practices for Staff

When:  Feb 15, 2018 from 09:00 to 12:00 (CT)
Location: Association Forum 10 S. Riverside Plaza Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606
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                                                             
Association Management Center, Executive Director        
Mary Beth Benner, CAE
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.
Mark T. Engle, DM, FASAE, CAE 
Association Management Center, Principal 
Mark T. Engle, DM FASAE CAE 
Mark is a principal with Association Management Center in Chicago, IL; headquarters to 32 associations with a staff of over 230 talented professionals.  Engle received his Doctor of Management degree in 2011 from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) with his study in nonprofit governance.   Mark is continually striving to develop and share new research that leads to advancing the association management profession.
He is a frequent author and speaker on governance and high performing organizations and is a faculty member of ASAE’s Exceptional Boards program.  Engle serves on four Boards of Directors.  He was recently honored with the Samuel Shapiro Award – Outstanding CEO – Association Forum and was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Leadership (Case Western Reserve University) and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.  Engle formerly served as a chief staff executive for trade associations and professional societies for 29 years.  He has participated in over 300 Board meetings during his career.
Engle has been or is currently involved in the following governance and strategy efforts:
August 2017:  American Society of Association Executives; presenter with Will Brown (Board Selection Process.) The Right Board Leaders Translate to High Performance.
January 2017: American Society of Association Executives; presenter with Mary Byers. Exceptional Boards.
October 26, 2016:  Nursing Organizations Alliance; webinar presenter with Anne Cordes.  Linking Boards and Strategy.  
August 31, 2016:  Association Forum and AMC; facilitator.  Board Performance: Practice Meets Strategy.
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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.


10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606