CSHAE convenes a conference approximately once every year to focus on the professional development of Association Executives (AE’s). The conference may address a variety of issues, generally the agenda is crafted to respond to timely concerns and challenges. A typical Leadership agenda may therefore include sessions on developing strategies for successful association programs, addressing budget challenges without compromising services, developing dedicated private sector leadership, effective government relations, improving member benefits and offering meaningful programs and educational training to association members.
Different formats have been adopted in different years for the Leadership Conference, sometimes a facilitator is selected, in other cases the AE’s tap in to their own expertise and resources and we will have specific AE’s leading sessions on subjects which may be their forte. In all cases AE’s engage in deep and detailed discussion on the subjects and challenges affecting them and exchange innovative ideas and best practices which their colleagues can use back home to improve their own operations.