Preconferences and Workshops

Preconferences and Workshops

Increase the return on your education investment at Associations @ Work by adding a preconference or Women Executives Forum workshop to your schedule.



Assess Your Financial Fitness additional fee

Sunday, October 28
1:00-4:00 p.m.

3 CAE credits

Are your association’s financial resources being leveraged to their highest potential? Are you grappling with issues like shrinking margins, inadequate cash flow, incomplete or untimely financial reporting, cumbersome processes, and concerns about the accuracy and consistency of financial data?  Learn how to conduct an assessment of your finance department’s fitness, differentiate symptoms from core challenges, and build a road-map to reach your team’s goals. By delving into finance department structures, roles and responsibilities, processes, and systems, you will see how an ideal finance department might function; validate your view of your association’s financial maturity against best practices, conditions, and documentation common to all associations; and identify areas to improve.

Thomas Nordby, CAE, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen
Kelsey Vatsaas, CPA, MBA, Managing Consultant, CliftonLarsonAllen


Create A Best Place to Workadditional fee

Sunday, October 28
1:00-4:00 p.m.
3 CAE credits

Studies clearly show that organizations with more engaged employees—those who are committed to their employers and fully invested in their job—are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction, and outperform those who are less engaged at a staggering rate.  While this has become common knowledge, the key question for associations is how?

You will learn from the nation’s experts on employee engagement and culture, hear from associations who have made employee engagement a priority and have been selected as a best place to work, and will develop a clear vision and action plan to maximize engagement. You’ll discover how you and your association can consistently be your best, bring out the best in your employees, and contribute your best to the communities you serve. 

Sara Curtis, MBA, CAE, SPHR, director of Human Resources, American Society of Anesthesiologists
Dan Kessler, president, COO, Energage
Terry Harris, learning facilitator, human resources, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)


Women Executives Forumadditional fee

The Women Executives Forum explores the challenges and opportunities facing women leaders—those executives in and aspiring to the c-suite—and how men and women can take action to support gender equality

This edition of the Women Executives Forum series is co-located with Associations @ Work. Full conference registration is not required to attend.
Register Separately for WEF

Monday, October 29
5:15-7:15 p.m.
2 CAE credits

From Hollywood to the TED Talks empire to the halls of Congress, the safety of women in the American workplace has taken center stage as a staggering wave of women and men have divulged accounts of unwanted advances and other sexual misconduct. In the face of what seems like an epidemic of sexual harassment allegations, silence is tantamount to acceptance and points to the need for the development of intervention skills for bystanders. What should association leaders be doing to protect themselves and others? With a strong emphasis on leadership training for men and women in association workplaces, including at conferences and events, this program will help participants eliminate the check-the-box mentality that protects organizations more than people. The conversation will explore issues of gender discrimination, harassment, violence, and other antisocial behavior in a context of inclusion and responsibility for everyone.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., director, MVP Strategies

Thank you to our host:

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additional fee = Separate registration required