Association Leadership Pathway Sessions

Sunday, February 2, 2020

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Registration Opens

6:45 pm - 10:00 pm - Optional DC Bus Tour

Monday, February 3, 2020

7:00 am - Registration Opens

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Networking Breakfast With Leadership Conference Exhibitors/Attendees

8:00 am - 9:15 am - Welcome and Washington Update

9:15 am - 9:30 am - Break

9:30 am - 12:30 pm - Idea Labs 1 & 2: Association Governance and Board Effectiveness

Speaker: Maureen Robinson, author of "Nonprofit Boards that Work: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Governance"; Panel: Lori Vedder, University of Michigan, Billie Jo Hamilton, University of South Florida, and Paula Luff, DePaul University; Moderator, Beth Maglione, NASFAA

Nonprofit boards of directors have an ethical, legal, and fiduciary responsibility to govern their organizations effectively. This session looks at common challenges, clarifies the essential areas of governance, and discusses how the board and its leadership govern effectively. Individual board member's legal duties of care, loyalty, and obedience will also be discussed. Participants will leave with examples of national best practices.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Networking Lunch With Leadership Conference Exhibitors/Attendees

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Idea Lab 3: The What and the Why of a Strategic Long-Range Plan

Speakers: Lori Vedder, University of Michigan and Justin Draeger, NASFAA

Successful associations must continue to find relevance among their members.  A strategic long-range plan (SLRP) helps others think differently about the direction of their association.  It is a source of motivation and insight built around measurable goals. The session explores the utilization of a SLRP in conjunction with "Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations," to provoke thoughtful discussion on the discipline, focus, and value of your association.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Idea Lab 4A: (Presidents) Engaging Your Board and Getting to Consensus

Speaker: Maureen Robinson, author of "Nonprofit Boards that Work: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Governance"

Are you willing and able to work toward a solution that is best for everyone, not just what you think is best? What happens when board members have stark differences of opinion? This session will look at how to create a respectful and trusting atmosphere that will engage everyone to focus on the art of compromise and flexibility to move your organization's goals forward.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Idea Lab 4B: (Treasurers) Fiduciary Responsibility

Speakers: Keith Williams, Michigan State University and Beth Maglione, NASFAA

Association boards have the power and responsibility to act on behalf of its members such that trust, good faith, and honesty are transparent in all situations. This session will give you insight into officer roles, budgeting, tax issues, insurance requirements, appropriate checks and balances, e-commerce issues, and contract negotiation.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Networking Reception With Leadership Conference Exhibitors/Attendees

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

7:00 am - 8:30 am - Networking Breakfast With Leadership Conference Exhibitors/Attendees

8:30 am - 9:45 am - General Session

Speakers: Jesse O’Connell, Lumina Foundation and Sarah Sattelmeyer, The Pew Charitable Trusts

9:45 am - 10:00 am - Break

10:00 am - 11:30 am - Idea Lab 5: Improving the Odds of Volunteerism

Speakers: Paula Luff, DePaul University and Craig Slaughter, Kenyon College

People today are thinking more and more about how they commit their time. As associations, you are competing for this valuable resource. Is your association structured in such a way that volunteers are encouraged to sign up? Do you enjoy diverse participation in the volunteer ranks? Are you communicating the value of volunteerism to your membership in a way that they will hear the message? Engage with your colleagues on these questions and more.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm - Networking Lunch With Leadership Conference Exhibitors/Attendees

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Idea Lab 6: Beyond the Beltway: State-Based Advocacy

Speaker: Megan Coval, NASFAA and Justin Draeger, NASFAA

State legislators are increasingly looking at regulations that impact financial aid administration.  From FAFSA completion requirements to how schools deliver and construct aid offers, states are taking a more active roles in how state associations and members operate.  NASFAA's policy and advocacy staff will discuss some of what is happening at the state-level, provide an opportunity for state leaders to share legislative happenings in their states, and hear from you about how NASFAA can better support your state advocacy efforts. 

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Idea Lab 7:  Putting It All Together: Creating a Plan of Action

Speaker: Brenda Hicks, Southwestern College

Thinking critically about the sessions presented, how will you utilize the information, discussion, and outcomes to support your leadership within your organization? Use this opportunity to engage the panel and your colleagues with lingering questions and insights you will put into practice in your respective associations.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Hill Visit Briefing With Q&A

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

8:30 am - 1:00 pm - Hill Visits

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Hill Visit Debrief

Publication Date: 1/31/2020

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