Program Details

Sunday, February 9, 2020

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

New to CESSE Session for CEOs
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Welcome Reception and Dinner (registered guests welcome)
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hosted by Detroit Metro CVB

Monday, February 10, 2020

7:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Breakfast (registered guests welcome)
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Hosted by Hawai'i Convention Center


Digital Transformation in a Changing Landscape

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Supporting partner The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel

Crispin Taylor, Ph.D., American Society of Plant Biologists
Bill Mahoney, ASM International
Chris McEntee, BSN, MHA, American Geophysical Union
Keynote: Matt Loeb, CGEIT, FASAE, CAE, Biomedical Engineering Society
Moderator: Erika Shugart, PhD, American Society for Cell Biology

Digital Transformation has become a buzz phrase that means different things to different organizations and their executive leaders. What is common to all is that the landscape around being digital is constantly evolving, being shaped by changes in demographics, globalization, and scholarly publishing, in addition to many other challenges and opportunities facing professional societies. How do we respond in ways that are responsive to member/customer needs, are agile, and create value for our organizations while also preparing us to react to an uncertain future? This panel will highlight strategies and considerations to help you develop or refine your digital roadmaps backed by three case studies from organizations that are in different stages of their building and deployment of digital solutions.

At the end of the discussion, you will:
  • Have new insights that will help you chart your digital journey while also recalibrating expectations on timelines to execute your transformation.
  • Acquire new ideas and emerging practices that you can distill and contextualize into your organization’s unique requirements to be digital.

Morning Break
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Hosted by Destination Canada (Toronto)


Developing Your Board and Leadership Pipeline

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Supporting partner Towneley Capital Management, Inc.

Frank Krause, CAE, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Catherine O’Riordan, Ph.D., The Ecological Society of America
Charity Quick, MBA, CCT, CAE, AACE International

Moderator:Cathy Leslie, P.E., F. ASCE, CAE, Engineers Without Borders-USA

This participatory session will focus on Board and Presidential successions along with CEO transitions, all while staying consistent with an organization's Strategic Plan. We will bring together CEOs who have or are currently navigating these challenges for their organizations to discuss the pros and cons of different approaches.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Understand how Boards should, and shouldn't, behave.
  • Understand how academics approach board service and how to select the right members for your board.
  • Understand how to establish and utilize leadership development committees and how they assist in creating a productive board.
  • Understand the pro’s and con’s of resizing a Board and moving them to a Strategic Agenda

Lunch and Roundtable Discussions (registered guests welcome)
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Hosted by Destination Canada (Vancouver)


CEO Coach Assessment

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Supporting partner Visit Omaha
(more details to come)

Afternoon Break
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Hosted by Travel Portland


How to Survive and Thrive in Turbulent Economic Times

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Supporting partner Conference Direct

Mark Rubin, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Pat Blake, FASAE, CAE, Heart Rhythm Society
Rob Olcott, CIMA, AIF, DiMeo Schneider & Associates, LLC
Moderator: C. David Gammel, FASAE, CAE, McKinley Advisors

Every organization eventually has to weather a tough economy, either in their specific industry or for the world as a whole. The conventional wisdom is that after a record-long period of growth in the global and US economies, we may due for a recession in the near future. Join our panel for a lively discussion of how to prepare for tighter times and to lay the groundwork to emerge stronger than ever.

Open evening
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Afterglow (registered guests welcome)
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hosted by Destination Canada Montreal and Ottawa

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Breakfast (registered guests welcome)
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Hosted by Destination Canada (Quebec City)


CEO Agreements

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Supporting partner Destination Madison
(more details to come)

Partners Circle (sponsoring partners only)
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Hosted by HelmsBriscoe


Engaging Members Across the Generations

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Supporting partner Advanced Solutions International

Lakisha Woods, CAE, National Institute of Building Sciences
Chris Jannuzzi, The Electrochemical Society

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to engaging the various member groups that comprise our organizations. Because the needs of students and early-career members differ greatly from those of more established members, technical societies must tailor membership and community engagement strategies to effectively serve all of our various member segments. This is particularly true when we consider solutions for addressing the unique retention challenges each group presents.

This session will cover:
  • Data and industry professional perspectives to help define the needs and challenges unique to various member segments;
  • How to address high rates of membership churn common to student and early-career members;
  • Alternative routes to becoming a member, such as tiered-membership levels and service pathways to joining; The goal of this session is to help attendees better serve their various constituency groups and learn strategies for engaging and catalyzing members in a systematic so to meet the challenges created by a multi-general member base.
CESSE Business Meeting
11:30 AM- 12:30 PM

Lunch and Roundtable Discussion (registered guests welcome)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


You Can't Make This S#!t Up

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Supporting partner Visit Salt Lake

Panelists: Matt Miller, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (more details to come)

Afternoon Break
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Hosted by McKinley Advisors


The Other Side of the Coin: Success Stories in Navigating Change

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Supporting partner Visit Milwaukee

Scott Steen, FASAE, CAE, American Physiological Society
Shawn Boynes, FASAE, CAE, American Association for Anatomy
Mark Dorsey, FASAE, CAE, Construction Specifications Institute
Lakisha Woods, CAE, National Institute of Building Sciences
Moderator: Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Successful organizational change starts at the top with a fully invested CEO who is ready to help lead the charge. But how do you effectively cultivate an environment that can adapt and evolve even if your organization isn’t always willing to embrace change? Hear how these CEOs collaborated with their board members to position their organizations for success in an ever-changing landscape.

Closing Reception and Dinner (registered guests welcome)
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Hosted by Marriott International

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Breakfast (registered guests welcome)
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Hosted by Open Water


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Supporting partner Visit Mobile
(more details to come)


Departing Break
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Hosted by Destination Canada (Calgary)

We're About Trust

The keyword that comes up again and again at CESSE is trust. Our community members meet through our hallmark events and continue the conversations well beyond. Whether you are looking for a sounding board to help you work through a challenge, tips and advice on industry practices, or referrals to other people who have a solution you can use, CESSE is here to be, or become, your professional network of choice.

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