Association Leadership Pathway Sessions

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Monday, February 14, 2022

Prior to 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast on Your Own

Don't forget to allot some time before the first session starts to go grab breakfast from a coffee shop using your NASFAA-provided gift card.

8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. - Opening Session: Welcome Remarks and Washington Update

Speakers: Brent Tener, NASFAA national chair, and Justin Draeger, NASFAA president & CEO

9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Break (Sponsored by Earnest)

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET - Idea Lab #1: Association Governance and Board Effectiveness Part 1

Speaker: Dr. Michela Perrone, president of MMP Associates

Nonprofit boards of directors have an ethical, legal, and fiduciary responsibility to govern their organizations effectively. This session will look at common challenges, clarify essential areas of governance, and discuss how a board and its leadership can govern effectively. Individual board members' legal duties of care, loyalty, and obedience will be discussed in the context of real life examples. Participants will leave with useful examples of national best practices.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #2: Association Governance and Board Effectiveness Part 2

Speaker: Dr. Michela Perrone, president of MMP Associates

The success of a board and its meetings depends on the group dynamics; on the members' ability and willingness to collaborate, cooperate, and reach consensus. This session will look at three decision-making processes' theory and best practices. Robert's Rules of Order, the American Bar Association Modern Rules of Order, and Roberta's Rules will be reviewed and discussed. Real life examples will be shared and participants will be given the opportunity to decide which approach will be best for their board.

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. ET - Lunch Break

This time is allotted for lunchtime. We recommend taking 30 to 45 minutes to grab food nearby and eat — whether in your hotel room or in a public space in the hotel, depending on your comfort level. Please note, conference meeting rooms will be closed during the lunch break. We encourage you to use the remaining time to head to the Exhibit Area to network with other attendees and our event vendors.

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #3: Strategic Planning for Associations

Speaker: Dr. Michela Perrone, president of MMP Associates

Successful associations must continue to find relevance among their members. A strategic long-range plan (SLRP) is a source of motivation and insight, built around measurable, mission-connected goals. This session will explore the utilization of a SLRP to remain relevant and provoke thoughtful discussion among board members about strategy. It will outline the critical considerations that must be included in a good strategic planning process: a situational assessment, development of the plan document, and performance evaluation.

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Break (Sponsored by Earnest)

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #4: Moving Toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within Our Associations

Speakers: Scott Skaro, NASFAA diversity officer, and Dr. Christina Tangalakis, associate dean financial aid at Glendale Community College

NASFAA recently concluded work on identifying and rectifying policies that contain implicit bias within an aid office, but those same biases may also impact the work you do in your state or regional association. Improving diversity, equity, and inclusion is a goal for most associations, but what are you doing specifically to identify policies and practices that could be exclusionary? How will you put your principles into practice within your association?

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET - Networking Reception for Conference Attendees and Exhibitors (Sponsored by Edquity)

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Prior to 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast on Your Own

Don't forget to allot some time before the first session starts to go grab breakfast from a coffee shop using your NASFAA-provided gift card.

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. ET - General Session

Speaker: A.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor and Columnist, RealClearPolitics

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ET - Break (Sponsored by Earnest)

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET - Idea Lab #5: Road to Relevance or Highway to Hell? Part 1

Speakers: Justin Draeger, NASFAA president & CEO, and Beth Maglione, NASFAA vice president & secretary

Association leaders must be disciplined strategists, focusing the organizations they serve on value they can deliver and structuring accordingly to compete in the "new normal." Together we will discuss how to: identify strengths that deserve a concentration of resources, achieve a coordinated product and service portfolio, and root out marginal or underperforming activities that are negatively impacting your organization. This session will be focused on the book "Road to Relevance" by authors Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers; we ask that attendees read the book prior to attending the conference to facilitate a healthy discussion.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET - Lunch Break

Ninety minutes are allotted for lunchtime. We recommend taking 30 to 45 minutes to grab food nearby and eat — whether in your hotel room or in a public space in the hotel, depending on your comfort level. Please note, conference meeting rooms will be closed during the lunch break. We encourage you to use the remaining 45 to 60 minutes to head to the Exhibit Area to network with other attendees and our event vendors.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #6: Road to Relevance or Highway to Hell? Part 2

Speakers: Brad Barnett, NASFAA national chair-elect, Justin Draeger, NASFAA president & CEO, and Beth Maglione, NASFAA vice president & board secretary

This workshop will dig deeper into the key concepts that underlie "Road to Relevance," using group work, simulations, case studies, and real-time peer feedback to uncover insights about leading your association now, and into the future.

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Break (Sponsored by Earnest)

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #7: Capstone Workshop: Creating a Post-Pandemic Action Plan

Speakers: Brent Tener, NASFAA national chair, and Brenda Hicks, NASFAA past national chair

It may be too early to know how the pandemic has changed our associations, for better or worse. With any new challenge comes new opportunities to rethink everything, from how we function and operate, to how we convene our meetings and trainings. This workshop will allow attendees to consider the impact of the pandemic on their associations and come away with a detailed action plan for "what to do next."

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Department of Education Updates & FAFSA Simplification

This will be an informal conversation with colleagues from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) about current happenings at ED with an emphasis on significant upcoming federal methodology and FAFSA changes.

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Hill Visit Briefing With Q&A

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET - Hill Visits

Location: Capitol Hill or Virtual

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET - Hill Visit Debrief

Location: Mayflower Hotel

Publication Date: 2/1/2022

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