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Save the Date - CESSE's next webinar
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2 pm ET
Topic and speakers to be announced in the next few weeks. 

Board Behavior - Governance Practices within Technical Associations
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 2 pm ET
Catherine A. Leslie, P.E., F.ASCE, CAE
Executive Director

Patrick J. Gouhin, CAE
Former Executive Director & CEO
International Society of Automation

Tony Keane
President & CEO


Katherine McCarter
Executive Director Emeritus


Some associations have very active and engaged Boards. This can be a fantastic characteristic of a great Board. But what happens when the relationships between staff and the Board break down? Does the engaged Board suddenly stop being engaged? Probably not. In fact, those relationships between Board members and staff can become downright toxic. Is it OK to push back?
And it’s not uncommon for executives to face the dilemma of doing what is right for them (personally) versus what they believe is in the best interest of their organization long term. How do you handle this challenge? What are you ethically obligated to do?
Our panel presentation, made up of select experienced leaders of our membership associations, will help you tackle these tough issues. You’ll hear first-hand what it’s like to walk that fine line, in good times as well as not-so-good ones. As we grow and evolve in our organizations, we need to understand what it’s like to work with a critical piece of the Association world. You won’t want to miss this frank and eye-opening discussion!

After this webinar you will be able to:
  • Identify at least one characteristic of a well-functioning Board of Directors for a non-profit association.
  • Recognize at least one governance best practice for a non-profit association to establish a well-function BOD/staff leadership relationship.
  • Describe at least one relationship best practice between a non-profit Board of Directors and a staff leadership position.

Come prepared with your pressing questions for our experts during the Q&A at the end of the webinar!

CESSE webinars are approved for CAE credit. This webinar is worth 1 CAE. 

Thank you to the CESSE Engagement Task Force and Webinar Workgroup members: Kelly Clark, American Astronomical Society, Cathy Leslie, Engineers Without Borders USA, Melinda Reynolds, American Concrete Institute and Debi Sutton, Entomological Society of America for organizing this webinar