About the Group

The CEO Update Roundtable is an exclusive, invitation-only peer group of CEOs who lead the most visible, influential and effective associations.

A key benefit of this new membership is an invitation to the CEO Update Roundtable Summit, a one-day retreat where members gather to discuss their most pervasive leadership challenges, with structured sessions from leading experts on topics such as disruption, communication and digital strategy, managing complex organizations and leading change.

Members will come away from the Summit with new ideas on how to lead their organization, how to manage change coming to every association, and new ways to tackle stubborn problems.

Member-only event. Invitations have been sent. Please contact Mark Graham (202-721-7652) if you didn’t receive your invitation.

Group Size

150 CEOs, 95% full

Upcoming Meeting

April 28, 2022 in Washington, DC


Roundtable Summit, April 28, 2022, Washington, DC

Exciting news, the Roundtable is getting together–in person–on April 28, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
416 Morse St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Calendar Invitations are out. Please notify Mark Graham if you did not receive your notice.

It’s an understatement to say a lot of what associations do is in flux, from how they work, where they work, how they work together and how technology is transforming it all quicker than ever before.

On April 28, the Roundtable is creating a peer-driven event and bringing in experts to help make sense of the future of work, the workforce and association and how associations can thrive during these transformations.

If you haven’t received your invitation, please contact Mark Graham



8:00 AM                      Arrivals and Breakfast

8:20 AM                      Opening Remarks

8:30 –11:50 AM          Morning Sessions

Re-humanizing Technology for the Workforce

Dr. Poppy Crum
Expert in technology-driven innovation & human evolution and neuroscientist

Dr. Poppy Crum explores the human and consumer applications of rapidly advancing technology. Dr. Crum paints a picture of a future society where companies better understand how customers experience their individual worlds to provide them with products that match their specific needs, where doctors more quickly diagnose and treat patients, where our brains evolve to see at the same resolution as computers, and where the human capacity for knowledge is expanded exponentially.

Conscious Leadership

Ginny Clarke
Former Director, Executive Recruiting at Google

Whisperings about the future of work have developed into full-fledged conversations. Still, we haven’t yet arrived at a consensus on what exactly the future of work entails and how leaders can position their organizations and their people for success during such a transformative period in the workplace and beyond.

Association Workforce of the Future

Julian Ha (Heidrick & Struggles), Lorraine Lavet (Korn Ferry), Tonya Muse (Odgers Berndston) and Jim Zaniello (Vetted Solutions)

Ginny Clarke is going to drop in during this conversation with top executive recruiters in the association community to help create candid conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion. This isn’t going to be the same conversation you’ve had in the past.

This DEI session will go much deeper than talking points, and our aim is to really tackle the issue on a personal level, focusing on your recruitability in the future, as well as the growth, stability and performance of your association and your member companies.

12:00 PM                    Lunch at St. Anslem

1:10 – 3:30 PM           Afternoon Sessions


Meaningful Connections

Scott Mann
U.S. Army Green Beret (Ret.), Pineapple Express Mission LeaderHow do you lead people who are reluctant to follow? The answer, as retired U.S. Army Green Beret Lieutenant Colonel Mann shares, is human connection. Only once we have a greater understanding of our need to connect with others can we start to build better, deeper, stronger relationships with those around us.

The Evolution of Member Engagement

Your association’s future depends on it

The last few years have upended what members need and want and associations need to re-evaluate what is going to keep them coming back. From large trade groups to smaller individual member organizations, your members have changed. Have you?

The good news is associations are adapting and finding new, successful ways to engage members, their own teams, and constituents that are paying real dividends. This session is designed for the association community to learn from one another about what’s working (and maybe what’s not).

Veteran association leaders Michelle Mason (CEO of ASAE) and Michelle Korsmo (incoming CEO of National Restaurant Association) will lead this member discussion on what the future of engagement will look, from membership models and competition to events and communication.

DIY Innovation

Sekou Andrews
Grammy-Nominated Creator of “Poetic Voice”
D.i.Y. Innovation. As companies large and small grapple with how to face disruption and inspire a culture of innovation, this popular, energetic keynote reminds your audience to innovate from within first.  Sekou offers a creative perspective on embracing failure, encouraging unconventional thinking and being the kind of leader who walks your innovation talk.