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Welcome and DiSC®, An Introspective Look

January 17, 2024, 10am – 4pm – January 18, 2024, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Program introduction, personalized content deepens self-understanding through the DiSC® model.

About the speaker

Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, CPF is the CEO of Vista Cova and, as a Certified Professional Facilitator, Lowell frequently provides dynamic sessions to organizations – getting volunteers, stakeholders, and staff involved through experiential learning approaches.

Lowell currently serves on the ASAE Research Committee and is a past Chair for the overseeing commission for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. He chaired ASAE’s Task Force on CEO Pathways, and previously served as Chair for ASAE’s Component Relations Council. He is the creator of a master-level learning series, Through the CEO Lens, and Association Charrette – a co-creation retreat experience. He is the co-Executive Editor and Contributing Author for ASAE’s Component Relations Handbook, 2nd edition, and contributed chapters to the latest versions of Professional Practices of Association Management as well as Membership Essentials. He is a mentor for ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program and recently served as a facilitator for ASAE’s Centennial Recognition Task Force. His work on global efforts for associations includes experience across five continents, hundreds of volunteer groups, and all 50 states in the U.S.

Lowell also volunteers as a platelet donor and social media solicitor for the American Red Cross and is a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Brewers Ball organizing committee. Lowell has a bachelor’s in sociology from Columbia University and utilizes the knowledge he gained from his master’s in education to volunteer and tutor students with learning disabilities. Lowell resides in Maryland where his 10-year-old son and twin 9-year-old girls keep the house full of laughter.

Teambuilding with DiSC®, Bringing Everyone To The Table Or Sending Them Out The Door

February 13, 2024 – 8:00am – noon

Attendees gain insight into their own preferences and tendencies, learn more about relating to others and receive actionable strategies to help them improve their interactions and ultimately, their performance.

Public Presentations, Advocacy and Education; Anyone can talk, but how can I be most effective?

March 13, 2024 – 10am – 4pm

Sharpen your written, verbal, and advocacy skills through hands-on activities, practice, and evaluation. At the end of the session, others will want to hear what you have to say. Includes a MI Capitol visit with legislators. 

About the speakerDenise Donohue

Since 2013, Denise Donohue has been director of the County Road Association of Michigan, which is the primary advocate for Michigan’s local road network – the nation’s 4th-largest local road network. Denise has 17 years of experience in association management, including nearly a decade leading the Michigan Apple Committee. She also has 14 years experience in three departments of Michigan state government, including the Michigan Department of Agriculture where she worked on marketing and communication issues for 5 years.
Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in communications, both from Michigan State University. She is nationally accredited in public relations and association management, and was Michigan’s Strategic Association Director of the Year in 2015. Denise also teaches public speaking at Lansing Community College since 2013.

Communication and social media skills, How to engage your audience.

June 27, 2024 – 8:00am – noon

Feel at ease sharing your thoughts, opinions, and representing others when talking with legislators, leaders, and the public. It’s as simple as following a few key steps to ensure your point is heard.

Organizational Governance, Why does it matter, when will I use it?

July 17, 2024 – 9:00am – noon

Discover how governance differs from management, how to use governance as a powerful tool, and how governance is implemented.

About the speaker

Susan Radwan, CAE, SMP, is a governance and leadership consultant with an international scope of practice. Her leadership workshops focuses on how to be a strategic leader. Radwan has worked with countless board leaders to strengthen their skillsets, their confidence, and their executive presence as they tackle challenges in a group process.

Radwan is currently the President of the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) and she co-authored Governing by
Principles released in 2020 and is the Executive Editor for Professional Practices in Association Management in 2021 which is the textbook for association leaders.

Human Resources, What you really need to know about people

August 21, 2024 – 9:00am – noon

Overall view of the various HR issues as they relate to any management or leadership position. Learn how effective leaders move their organizations forward.

About the speaker

Jodi Schafer is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and the owner of Human Resource Management Services. Jodi a bachelor’s in psychology and education from Kalamazoo College and 20 years of experience in human resource management. She was recognized as one of the “10 Over the Next Ten” in the next generation of business leaders by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, and accepted the MSAE Association Choice award on behalf of HRM for the consulting services category. Jodi sits on several statewide committees focused on human resource policy and leadership development. She is a regular contributor to various industry publications and is author of a ready-to-use HR system for small employers. Jodi conducts speaking engagements and training seminars on all aspects of human resources, including employee relations, leadership skills, performance development, on-boarding, recruitment, and retention.

Final Session: Putting The Pieces Together

November 26, 2024 – 9:00am – 3:00pm

Intentional, dynamic review of the program learning objectives for participants to connect ideas and build larger conceptual understandings. Celebrate success.