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Association Leadership Academy 2023 Launch

Association Leadership Academy 2023 Launch

A Certificate Program of CalSAE in alliance with the Third Sector Company

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Event Details


The Association Leadership Academy (ALA) is a certificate program held both virtually and in-person from April – December. This immersive professional development opportunity is grounded in rich content and coupled with a set of association faculty advisors that creates an applied learning experience. The ALA is produced by CalSAE in alliance with the Third Sector Company.

By participating in the ALA, you will have the opportunity to revisit some of the key models and domains of association leadership – analyzing and questioning the relevancy of success measures that previous generations have regarded as the benchmarks of remarkable associations and exceptional association leadership. 

You also have the opportunity to apply your learning by completing a project of your choice designed to advance your organization. It can be a new project or something you are already working on.


The Art and Science of Leading Remarkable Associations in the Twenty-First Century

The association leadership profession is at an exciting place in its evolution. Being shaped by strong forces in business and the workforce, public health, and society – member-based organizations are having to thoughtfully re-examine their current functions, structures, and purposes.

Simultaneously, every association leader must also carefully consider how to create value for its diverse membership while demonstrating ethical and adaptive leadership practices that are inclusive of generational considerations, technology, personal safety, diversity, environmental impact, and justice.

The Three Pillars of the ALA are:

  1. Remarkable associations pay attention to and monitor at least seven measures that contribute to their success
  2. Associations advance a community of diverse people and mobilize movements that evolve industry and society
  3. Successful associations are among the best examples in society of effective facilitative and adaptive leadership at work

Complete Program Details/Requirements

Senior Faculty Director

Jeffrey Wilcox, CFRE | President & Chief Mission Advancement Officer, Third Sector Company, Inc

Jeffrey a nationally-recognized pioneer in the field of nonprofit executive development, retention and transition. Founder of Third Sector Company and its Interim Executives Academy and Board Chairs Academy, Jeffrey is an author, columnist and popular speaker on succession planning, board and staff talent development and retention, and strategic interim leadership solutions for nonprofit charitable organizations, trade and professional associations, and congregations. Since its founding in 2002, Third Sector Company has provided services to over 700 nonprofit organizations in Southern and Northern California, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

2023 Schedule


"Participating in the Leadership Academy helped me view engagement with our members differently and more broadly, resulting in more thoughtful and intentional communications related to the work of our many volunteers. My Academy learning emboldened my conversations with our association’s governing leaders, and it gave me a number of resources, including professional relationships, that will support me going forward."

- Amy Mrugalski, CAE, Senior Strategic Initiatives Manager, American College of Trial Lawyers


$795 Members
$995 Non-Members

Registration Deadline:  March 27
No cancellations or refunds after this deadline, only replacements will be accepted.

Hotel Accommodations

Kick-Off meeting at the end of ELEVATE Conference - April 19
Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
Room rate: $199/night (available April 17-19)
Extendable 2 days pre/post ELEVATE conference, waived resort fee

Book online or call Hyatt Reservations 402.537.6800. Reference room block: CalSAE ELEVATE Annual Conference or code: CALC

Room block is already over 50% sold out, early reservations are highly encouraged.

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CAE Credits

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 21 credit hours toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.


Megan Denhardt, CAE, Education Consultant:


Meeting & Event General Policies
In-Person Meetings Policy
Personal Responsibility and Liability Waiver