CEO Symposium

Sunday & Monday, September 10 & 11, 2017
Carey Institute for Global Good
63 Huyck Road
Rensselaerville, NY 12147

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Thank you to our Host & Reception Sponsor: The Carey Institute for Global Good

Join us on September 10 & 11 at the Carey Institute for Global Good for ESSAE’s CEO Symposium! This is YOUR chance to have executive-level conversations about matters specific to conducting business. The program, designed for CEOs, Executive Directors, VPs, Operations and other Business Leaders (and those who are looking to become association leaders), provides a support network of high-level peer leaders and decision makers. Each CEO Symposium is presented by experts in our field and designed for each business leader to leave informed, and better at what they do. It’s worth your time, and important to your business too. 

Share this event with your association peers! 

Should you have any questions about the program, please email or call our ESSAE offices at [email protected] or (518) 463-1755. 


Sunday, September 10

3:00 PM - Helderberg Brewery Open
4:00 PM - Hotel Check In 
5:30 PM - Cocktail Reception
6:30 PM - Dinner

Monday, September 11

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM - Breakfast 
8:30 AM - Registration Desk Opens
9:00 AM - Morning Program 
12:30 to 1:30 PM - Lunch 
1:45 PM - Afternoon Program 
5:00 PM - Program Ends

Symposium Speakers: 

David Gammel , CAE
Executive Director, Entomological Society of America
Board Member, ASAE
Mr. Gammel is the Executive Director of the Entomological Society of America, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Gammel is a recognized thought leader in the association industry and currently serves on the boards of directors for the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. Prior to working with ESA, Gammel was a consultant and served as an executive at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Employee Relocation Council. He is the author of two books: Maximum Engagement: Moving Members, Donors, and Customers to Ever-Increasing Levels of Participation and Online and On Mission: Practical Web Strategy for Breakthrough Results. Gammel has a Master of Arts in International Communication from American University in Washington, DC.

Donna Dunn, CAE
Senior Consultant, Tecker International LLC
Donna has had a long career as an association executive and strategist. She brings her experience, ranging from membership and communications to change management, to her consultation with and support of association leadership. She has served the association management profession on the ASAE Board of Directors and as chair of the ASAE Executive Management Section Council and the ASAE Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Donna is a board member of the New England Society of Association Executives and the Leadership Circle of South Congregational Church. She makes time for long-distance walking, cross-country skiing, and hiking to balance the challenges of association leadership.

Robert F. Manfredo
Associate, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC
A 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Employment and Labor Law, Rob is an experienced labor and employment attorney who counsels employers to ensure compliance with the vast array of laws and regulations that employers encounter on a daily basis. Rob counsels employers in a broad range of industries, including higher education, not-for-profit, construction, and health care. Rob is also an experienced litigator who routinely represents employers before federal and state courts, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Division and Division of Labor Standards, the National Labor Relations Board and in private arbitrations. Rob serves on the Board of Directors of the Capital Region Human Resource Association and the Board of Trustees of Maria College.

Corey Jamison
Corey Jamison Consulting LLC
Corey brings more than 25 years of experience partnering with executives and teams around the globe to drive dramatic sustainable organizational transformation. She has worked with leaders at all levels of some of the largest brands, and offers a level of experience, acumen, partnership and courage that inspires leaders and teams toward the hard work of taking it to the next level. Corey is a world class facilitator who can turn even the most challenging teams toward shared accountability and new levels of productivity. Corey has published numerous articles on topics ranging from the impact of downsizing on work culture to sustaining momentum in organizational change process, to measuring the success of leveraging diversity and building inclusion efforts. Her work on career-life-family integration has been inspired by her role as a proud mother and stepmother to seven children. Corey received her Bachelor's degree from Vassar College in New York and her Master's degree in education from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. She is a currently a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Walden University.

Full Program

7:30 to 8:30 AM
Breakfast at the Carriage House

8:30 AM
Registration Desk Opens - Straus House
Program will be held at the Straus House!

9:00 to 10:30 AM
Dinosaurs & Disruptors: Leadership Lessons for an Adaptive Association
Speaker: David Gammel , CAE, Executive Director, Entomological Society of America
People have been predicting the end of associations for decades and yet, through recessions great and small and massive technological change, here we are still, providing value to our members. While associations may have more lasting power than the proverbial dinosaurs it is still critical to adapt to our changing environment so that our organizations continue to thrive and provide maximum value to our members and mission. Join us in this session, led by C. David Gammel, CAE to learn what you can do to adapt your association to a changing world. David will share his pragmatic lessons on creating a culture of adaptation and innovation within a society that is over a century old and still steeped in long traditions and how you can adapt them to your organization.

10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Trends in Association Governance
Speaker: Donna Dunn, CAE, Senior Consultant, Tecker International LLC
A trend is a change in progress and the direction of that change. Participants will discuss trends in volunteer engagement within associations; trends in association governance structures; trends in processes and policies that affect association board selection and performance. Learning from colleagues and the experience of a consultancy involved with hundreds of associations each year, you will gain perspective on your association’s current conditions and an awareness of possibilities for the positive outcomes of effective governance.

12:30 to 1:30 PM
Lunch at the Carriage House

1:45 to 3:15 PM
Documenting the Employment Relationship & Overview of New York Paid Family Leave
Speaker: Robert F. Manfredo
, Associate, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC
This presentation will provide employers with practical advice on documenting the employer-employee relationship. Topics will include, drafting effective offer letters without contractual implications, issuance of wage theft prevention act notices, the importance of handbook acknowledgments, and best practice for drafting termination letters and related documents. In addition, this presentation will also provide a brief overview of New York’s Paid Family Leave Law, including employee eligibility, amount of benefits, and qualifying reasons for leave.

3:30 to 5:00 PM
The Mindful Leader
Speaker: Corey Jamison, Corey Jamison Consulting LLC
Leaders of small to medium sized associations are uniquely tasked with leading people, leading process and doing a lot of the day to day work of their associations. A full range, transformational leader knows how to balance leading human beings, managing process and ‘getting the work done.’

During this 1.5 hour session, participants will consider how they can be the most effective leader of people and process by exploring past defining moments as leaders, anticipating future defining moments and applying what they know about themselves to make the future defining moments successful.

Participants will reflect on 3-5 defining moments as leaders and what they learned from those moments about their individual resiliency, strengths, courage and acumen. The lessons learned will then be applied as participants consider their future 3-5 defining moments of their leadership. They will explore what they have learned during the symposium, and integrate that with what they already know about themselves and their leadership. How does all they have learned and known and explored combine to ensure the success for their next defining moments as leaders?

Why YOU should attend:

  • 1.5 days of professional development and networking with your association executive peers!
  • Up to Six Hours of Professional Development (6 CAE Points)!
  • CEO to CEO Networking at the Cocktail Reception & Dinner 
  • Beer Tasting, Cocktail Reception, Dinner, Hot Breakfast Buffet, Lunch and Coffee Breaks 
  • Wifi, materials and parking included
  • Save if you register for a Full Pass!
  • Discounted overnight room rate available on Sunday – $119 (not included in registration fee)
  • Arrive early and spend Sunday exploring!

Can’t attend the full program? A La Carte Options are available!

Overnight Accommodations

  • Discounted overnight room rate available on Sunday only for $119+  (not included in registration fee)
  • Overnight reservations will be handled through ESSAE
  • Attendees who wish to stay overnight, must indicate their rooming preferences within the registration form. 
  • Upon arrival, guests will check in at the Front Desk and provide payment

Directions: If you are using a GPS or Google Maps please enter your destination as 100 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147 to obtain directions to our year-round entrance. Call 518-797-5100 for navigation assistance.

Registration Fee Options:
A full event pass includes all program activities, meals, and education!

  • Full Event Pass - Member: $195 | Non-Member: $275 (an $80 savings!)
  • Reception & Dinner Only - M: $60 | NM: $80
  • Lunch (12:30 PM) - M: $35 | NM: $45
  • Morning Session (9:00 AM to 12:15 PM) - M: $90 | NM: $115
  • Afternoon Session (1:45 to 5:00 PM) - M: $90 | NM: $115

About Online Registration
You will be prompted to log in to register. If you are a member or have registered for an event in the past, you can log in using your username and password. If you have not registered for an event or you are not a member, you will need to create a username/password to continue. 

Arrive early and drop your bags at the front desk. Enjoy an early afternoon hike in the Huyck Preserve! The Carey Institute’s 100-acre campus is nestled in the midst of the Huyck Preserve, giving guests access to Lake Myosotis, 13 miles of hiking trails, and over 2,000 acres of forest, field, and wetlands, including the Rensselaerville Falls which cascade over 120 feet. With kayaking, swimming, snowshoeing and more available to guests, the Huyck Preserve is an inspiring added value.

Historic Rensselaerville
The historic village of Rensselaerville was settled in 1787. Main Street, just down Pond Hill Road from the Institute, is home to dozens of historic homes, 19th-century churches, the regionally renowned Palmer House Café, and one of Albany County’s oldest public libraries.

Questions about this program? Contact Vanessa LaClair, CMP, Executive Director at vane[email protected] or (518) 463-1755.

Social Media: Connect with us! @EmpireStateSAE - Event Hashtag: #ESSAECEOSym

Credits: This event will offer up to (6) six credit hours towards the CAE/CMP designations. ESSAE is a CAE approved provider, formally registered with the CAE program and committed to providing education that meets the CAE Commission's standards for helping individuals earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE Approved Providers have received guidance on such standards and pledged to properly represent course eligibility for CAE credit. Details on how to track your points/clock hours, visit:

Cancellation Policy: Registrations must be made and paid for by August 28, 2017. Registration cancellations received prior to the deadline may be eligible to receive a refund less $50 service fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event (no-shows). Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit card holder. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment. If you are unable to attend, you may send an alternate to the event without additional charge.

Questions? Contact ESSAE: 518-463-1755 or [email protected]