Preconference Learning Program


PreConference Learning Program
The Six Toughest Decisions Association Boards Must Make
Sunday, April 16  |  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

As association professionals continue to navigate The Turbulent Twenties and seek the opportunity for their organizations to thrive, they will need to make a series of six tough decisions to anticipate and adapt to the unforgiving conditions ahead. While none of these decisions will be a panacea for addressing the wicked problems facing the association community, its organizations, or their stakeholders and successors, they are direct and immediate challenges on which boards, in concert with their staff partners, must focus their attention to begin nurturing the habits of mind required to guide their organizations into an uncertain future.

This high-impact masterclass invites the participation of senior association professionals designed to build new individual and collective capacity and begin the process of setting a higher standard of stewardship, governing, and foresight [SGF] in the association community.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to do a deeper dive into how making the six toughest decisions can build fit-for-purpose association boards. This session will be a safe exploratory space during which participants can raise any question, concern, or issue for discussion. At the conclusion of the in-person session, participants will receive a 90-day roadmap they can use to make meaningful progress in addressing the six toughest decisions and will be asked to partner with at least one other association to provide mutual support.


Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE, Executive Advisor, Foresight First LLC

 Jeff is an association contrarian, foresight practitioner, governing designer, stakeholder/successor advocate, and stewardship catalyst. He is the 32nd recipient of ASAE’s Academy of Leaders Award, the association’s highest individual honor given to consultants or industry partners in recognition of their support of ASAE and the association community. Jeff is an author, speaker and advisor for associations and non-profit organizations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and a Fellow of ASAE.


Attendees must be registered for ELEVATE Conference to be eligible to attend.