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ISAE 2017 October Luncheon & Fall Seminar
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When: Monday, October 23, 2017
11:30 AM
Where: President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - a DoubleTree by Hilton
701 East Adams Street
Contact: 217-753-1190

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Program Description: 

Build a Rock Solid CEO/Board Partnership

Based on Chapter 5 of Mr. Westman's book Board & CEO Roles For Achieving Association Goals - Nurture the CEO/Board Working Relationship.

Associations are unique in terms of the continual turnover of board officers and other board directors, and how involved many board members are in the nuts n bolts of running an association. These realities make it imperative for CEOs and other senior executives to develop strong partnerships with board members individually and collectively.

This presentation will identify best practices for building such partnerships, starting well before volunteers ascend into top board leadership positions. 

Learning Objectives include:

  • The importance of role definition and how the CEO can build consensus regarding who does what- board officers, various governance entities and staff.
  • The importance of communications and how the CEO can establish a framework for effective interactions with board and its officers. 
  • The importance of informal relationship building and how the CEO can utilize processes and specific tools to build working relationships with key member leaders before and after they become the CEO's boss. 

About the Speaker:

Mr. Westman is the Chief Executive Officer of Westman & Associates Consulting, LLC (W&A) a firm focused on serving associations, foundations, cultural institutions, social service organizations and other non-profit entities. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Governance enhancement
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational reviews and benchmarking
  • Human resources program design
  • Interim CEO services

Mr. Westman has over 10 year of experience serving as an association CEO. This includes leadership of two international professional societies, the Emergency Nurses Association ad the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, which both experience significant growth and operational improvements during his tenure. He has also served through W&A as Interim CEO with the American Associations of Diabetes Educators and the Water Quality Association.

Prior to his leadership of professional societies, Mr. Westman served for 15 years in leadership capacities at two large national accounting firms – KPMG and McGladrey. At McGladrey he led the Chicago-land’s Strategy & Human Capital Consulting practice and served as Performance & Compensation Consulting Practice Champion for the firm. In his various capacities, he doubled the size of his assigned business unit, personally sold and subsequently managed over 100 consulting engagements, wrote numerous articles on governance and performance improvement topics, and served as a speaker at meetings of various associations and societies.

Mr. Westman received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College (Illinois), where he was a triple major and class valedictorian. He subsequently earned his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago. He is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Mr. Westman is the author of the book “Board and CEO Roles for Achieving Association Goals”, published by the American Society of Association Executives in March, 2016. He has also published numerous articles on performance improvement topics and has served as a speaker at the annual meetings of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Association Forum of Chicagoland, and other organizations.

Mr. Westman is active with the American Society of Association Executives, where he served as chair of the Key Professional Association Committee (KPAC), consisting of 40 large association chief staff executives. He is also active with Association Forum, where he led an initiative to form a large CEO networking and best practice sharing group. He currently serves as Chair of the Editorial Board, and in 2013 received the organization’s Inspiring Leader of the Year award.

 Sponsored by DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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