Opening General Session

Wednesday, July 24th; 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Speakers: Kevin Nourse, Nourse Leadership Strategies and Jay Younger, McKinley Advisors
Scientific and engineering associations are among the most durable institutions in American society. As many CESSE organizations prepare to celebrate their centennial anniversaries, we can be immensely proud of our histories of advancing our missions for the betterment of humanity. However, our environment is fraught with unpredictability, rapid change, and unprecedented competition for the time, attention and loyalty of our members. This context and the associated demands on associations translate into an increasing need for agile and resilient leaders who can successfully initiate and guide change efforts that win both the hearts and minds of our audiences. Unfortunately, the dynamics of change can derail even the most accomplished association executives. Conventional approaches to change management focus on techniques and tactics directed at others but fail to recognize that one of the most significant aspects of resistance to change has less to do with the envisioned outcomes and more to do with you, the change owner. This session will explore our environment and mandate for change, distinguish between change management and change leadership, and profile the key abilities of effective change leaders including grit, resilience, optimism, and a growth mindset. You will gain a fresh perspective on the personal nature of leading change that will resonate both in your association and personal contexts.
Speaker: Kevin Nourse, PhD, PCC, Principal and Founder, Nourse Leadership Strategies
Dr. Nourse is an executive coach, leadership development expert, author, and speaker with over 20 years of experience developing resilient change leaders. He is the founder of Nourse Leadership Strategies, an executive coaching and leadership development firm based in Washington, DC and Southern California. Kevin and his team provide executive coaching, coaching for leadership teams, and leadership development program design and facilitation. He also delivers presentations and keynote speeches on a number of topics including leadership, resilience, and change leadership. Kevin previously worked as a software developer, CPA, training manager, and human resources director before starting his professional practice in 2001. Learn more about Kevin Nourse.
Speaker: Jay Younger, FASAE, President & CEO, McKinley Advisors
During Jay’s twenty-plus year tenure in the industry, he has become widely recognized as a trusted advisor to the world’s most successful trade and professional associations. As president and CEO of McKinley Advisors, he oversees a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who deliver best-in-class services in strategic guidance, market research, business transformation and membership and marketing solutionsKnown for his uncanny ability to tackle challenging issues with honesty, candor and business acumen to produce extraordinary results, Jay has led high-stakes consulting engagements with the staff and volunteer leadership teams of hundreds of membership organizations. Jay was named as a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 2007, currently serves on the ASAE Business Services Board of Directors and is a former chair of ASAE’s Membership Section Council. Jay is a frequent presenter, author and contributor to a wide range of industry events and publications. A native Washingtonian, Jay holds a BA in English from Duke University. Learn more about Jay

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