The 2018 Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers


The Symposium for Chief Staff & Chief Elected Officers

Two Leaders. One Vision.

Forging a Solid, Strategic Partnership between Chief Staff and Elected Officials

The relationship between an association's CEO and Board Chair has a significant impact upon your organization’s governance performance and the way your organization is perceived by members and stakeholders. CSAE’s highly acclaimed Symposium for Chief and Chief Elected Officers (CEO Symposium) is specifically designed to ensure role clarity and the most effective and productive relationship possible between you and your Chair or incoming Chair.This event will help both leaders forge a strong working partnership and mutual trust which will have a measurable effect on the near and long-term success of your association.

Leadership experts, Glenn Tecker and Donna Dunn, CAE, both of Tecker Consultants LLC, have created a powerful, updated program to help CEO’s and their Board Chairs achieve a clear understanding of their unique roles and responsibilities as well as their shared objectives. When you and your current or incoming Chair attend the CEO Symposium, you will gain a common understanding and commitment to the key components of successful governance, strategy and organization. 

The CEO Symposium will help your organization’s Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officer work as a team to: 

  • Enhance your organization’s governance process by establishing role clarity
  • Establish a joint understanding of your organization’s annual priorities
  • Gain a consistent perspective of your organization’s current and anticipated challenges
  • Make knowledge-based decisions and determine effective avenues of communication
  • Foster an open relationship based upon shared values and trust

The necessary foundation on which to build a strong relationship and instill a culture of mutual trust

“This was my first Symposium. This event allowed me to spend necessary time with our CSO that I likely wouldn't have been able and allowed us to ‘tune up’ how we can most effectively work together over the next few years. Excellent and highly recommended.” 
Jerome Ferber, SCMP, Board Chair, Supply Chain Management Association 


Your Symposium Facilitators:


Glenn Tecker is the Chairman and Co-CEO of Tecker International, LLC and has earned a reputation as being one of the world’s most knowledgeable and practical experts on associations and not-for-profit organizations. Glenn’s practice focuses on redesigning the governance, operations, and cultures of organizations to better fit today’s demanding and rapidly shifting environments.


Donna French Dunn, CAE, is an association professional with more than 25 years of experience. Her energy is directed to assisting associations of all types to be effective, responsive and forward thinking. Sometimes called an association architect, Donna is especially focused on organizational design, developing effective boards, supporting volunteers and staff through change. In her free time she enjoys cross country skiing and hiking with her dog Sadie. She discovered the joys of long distance walking. And some day she'll move further north where the weather is more to her liking.


Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, 2018

Vancouver BC

Event Schedule:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Presenting Hotel Sponsor:
Breakfast & Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Friday, March 2, 2018
Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Session 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Session 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm


You may register using the registration link at the top of the page or download the registration form and email to Camila Farah at

Attendance with a Board member is highly encouraged. Solo attendees will not fully benefit from the educational content of this session. 

Before January 15, 2018
Member Rate*: $825.00 • Non-Member Rate: $1,265.00

After January 15, 2018
Member Rate*: $975.00 • Non-Member Rate: $1,415.00


*Volunteer leaders who attend with a CSAE member are eligible for the member rate.

A $200 cancellation fee will apply to all cancelled registrations. No refunds after January 21, 2018. Substitutions are permitted without penalty.

Reserve your room before Janaury 29, 2018 at the Hilton Vancouver Airport to receive the special rate of $199.00 per night.
1. To call for Reservations: 1-800- (HILTONS). Group code:  CSAE - CEO Symposium
2. Online Reservations: click here


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