Event Description

The Association Leadership Academy

The Art and Science of Leading Remarkable Associations in the Twenty-First Century ~ A Year-Long Certificate Program

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. At the same time, every association leader is also having to carefully consider how to create value for its diverse membership while demonstrating ethical and adaptive leadership being influenced by conversations about generations, technology, personal safety, diversity, environmental impact, and justice.

Today, as never before, aspiring association leaders are having to revisit some of the key models and domains of their profession – analyzing and questioning the relevancy of success measures that previous generations have regarded as the benchmarks of remarkable associations and exceptional association leadership.

After many years of offering a “CEO BootCamp” Program, the California Society of Association (CalSAE) has formed an alliance of faculty members, advisors, and allied organizations to offer The Association Leadership Academy as a year-long certificate education program focused on the intersectionality of domains of executive leadership with the measures of remarkable associations. 

Cohort Model. This course will be fully participatory as you engage with faculty members and fellow Academy scholars to build relationships to last throughout your career.

Virtual Schedule. Because of the regular frequency of courses, and the challenging nature of California's geography, this course is being offered virtually except for the final session on December 14, 2022 (part of Seasonal Spectacular).  The Academy schedule includes:

Three 3-hour online learning seminars: 2/11, 3/11, and 4/8/2022
Three 2-hour online roundtables: 5/13, 9/16, and 11/18/2022
One half-day in-person seminar: 12/14/2022 (at Seasonal Spectacular in Sacramento)

Day One: 2/11/2022, 8:30 - 11:30 am

• The Attributes of The Next Generation Association
• The ASAE Foundation for Research – ForesightWorks: Drivers of Change
• The Core Competencies of the Next Generation Association Leader
• The Remarkable Association (The Seven Measures of Success)

Day Two: 3/11/2022, 8:30 - 11:30 am
• The Inspired Association (Starting with The Why)
• The Mobilized Association (Associations as Community Movements)
• The Power of A (Associations as Cause-Driven Communities)

Day Three: 4/8/2022, 8:30 - 11:30 am
• The Adaptive Association Leader (CAE Executive Leadership Domain)
• Giving Voice to the Association – Going Beyond Lobbying to Advocating
• Managing the Conscience of Associations (Ethics – CAE Executive Leadership Domain)
• The Accountable Association (Decision-Making – CAE Executive Leadership Domain)

Day Four: In-person seminar: Wednesday, 12/14/2022 (at Seasonal Spectacular in Sacramento) 
Time TBD

Friday, 5/13/2022, 8:30 - 10:30 am

• Inviting Innovation and Creating Buy-In from Your Association

Friday, 9/16/2022, 8:30 - 10:30 am
• Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence in Your Executive Decision-Making

Friday, 11/18/2022, 8:30 - 10:30 am (CAE Executive Leadership Domain)
• Creating and Sustaining Belongingness: Applied Understanding of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Your Association and Leadership Approach

Content Leader

Jeffrey R. Wilcox, CFREJeffrey R. Wilcox, CFRE, President & Chief Mission Advancement Officer, Third Sector Company, Inc


Jim Anderson, CAE, President & CEO, California Society of Association Executives
Tammy Anderson-Wise, CAE, MS, Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Council of California
Gail Grimm, CAE, Executive Director, Napa Solano Dental Society
Jo Linder-Crow, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, California Psychological Association
Mike Mitchell, CAE, MG Strategy Consulting, Senior Strategist, Third Sector Company

CAE Credits

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 18.0 credits towards your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Pricing ~ Registration deadline 1/24/22

Member - $695
Non-Member - $895

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Starts:  Feb 11, 2022 08:30 AM (PT)
Ends:  Dec 14, 2022 11:30 AM (PT)


Online Instructions:
Url: http://Zoom
Login: Zoom links will be sent out prior to each meeting


Lindsay Poss, CMP