An Opportunity to Connect with STEM Society Leaders

Reflecting on the Success of the 2024 CESSE CEO Meeting 

In the dynamic landscape of STEM societies, leadership isn't merely about steering organizations; it's about navigating complexities, fostering innovation, and driving meaningful change. Recognizing the pivotal role CEOs and Executive Directors play in shaping the trajectory of their respective organizations, the CESSE CEO Meeting stands as the premier event dedicated to empowering these leaders with the tools, insights, and connections needed to thrive. 

CEO Meeting Panel on Artificial IntelligenceAn Immersive Journey of Leadership Excellence

From February 25th to 28th, 2024, The Desoto Savannah in Georgia became the nexus of leadership excellence as CEOs and Executive Directors from diverse STEM societies converged for the 2024 CESSE CEO Meeting. This gathering wasn't just another conference; it was an immersive journey designed to foster growth, collaboration, and transformation. 

"The CESSE CEO Meeting is the best professional development opportunity I've had throughout my career. Brainstorming with and learning from other people who truly understand the unique (and sometimes unbelievable) challenges of being an association CEO is incredibly valuable - and often cathartic!"

- Judith Scarl, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, American Ornithological Society 

At the heart of the CESSE CEO Meeting lies a commitment to providing a trusting environment where leaders can connect authentically, share experiences openly, and collaborate effectively. Throughout the event, attendees had the chance to engage in thought-provoking discussions on numerous industry-relevant topics, from AI innovation to diversity initiatives and the evolution of association governance. These sessions weren't merely theoretical discussions; they offered practical insights and actionable strategies that attendees could immediately apply within their organizations. 

Building Lasting ConnectionsCEO Meeting Attendees pose for picture

Beyond the structured sessions, the CESSE CEO Meeting provided ample opportunities for networking and relationship-building. During networking events hosted by this year’s generous partners, attendees had the chance to connect on a deeper level with their peers. These connections are more than just professional; they are the foundation for future collaboration, support, and mutual growth within the STEM community. 

"The CESSE CEO Meeting affords me an opportunity to connect with my STEM society peers in a uniquely intimate setting. The relatively small group allows me to meet and talk with everyone. The education is curated exclusively for the CEO role. There is nothing else quite like the CESSE CEO meeting experience."

- Lawrence Sloan, CEO, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) 


We’d like to give a special thank you to this year’s co-chairs and our 2024 meeting partners.

Karen Horting Headshot

Karen Horting, MBA, CAE 

Executive Director & CEO 

Society of Women Engineers 




Catherine O'Riordan Headshot

Catherine O’Riordan, PhD 

Executive Director 

Ecological Society of America 



Looking Forward to 2025

As we bid farewell to Savannah and reflect on the success of the 2024 CESSE CEO Meeting, we turn towards the future and are thrilled to announce that the 2025 CESSE CEO Meeting will be held in Montreal, Canada on January 26-29 at the InterContinental Montreal. 

Save the Date for another immersive experience filled with growth, collaboration, and prepare to embark on another transformative journey towards leadership excellence. 

The 2024 CESSE CEO Meeting was not just an event; it was an experience that transcended boundaries, ignited passions, and paved the way for a brighter future. As attendees return to their organizations inspired and equipped with new insights, let us continue to lead with purpose and drive positive change within our communities. 

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