Programs & Education

Board/Volunteer Development


Extraordinary Board Orientation

This interactive workshop outlines a new role of the board, going beyond oversight and reaching into how the board can bring value to the association through its governing.

The Extraordinary Board Orientation will arm board leaders with the tools to lead their organizations with finesse and purpose. Participants will learn the difference between governing and managing, gain helpful and innovative ways to orient new board members to their governing job and learn how to ensure accountability and transparency.

Of course, we cover the legal basics of fiduciary duty and anti-trust compliance. We also address proper delegation, board succession planning, different modes of governing with focus on becoming a strategic board. To maximize the return on investment, chief staff executives are strongly encouraged to participate in this series with at least two board members with you.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

GreenStone Farm Credit Services Building
3515 West Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

Earn up to 6 hours of continuing education toward your CAE.

Workshop Agenda

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. What Is Governance and How Can We Do It Better?
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Board Succession Planning
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Creating a Healthy Board - Management Relationship
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Creating a Board Meeting Agenda that Adds Value to the Organization
3:15 - 3:25 p.m. Break
3:25 - 4:15 p.m. Tips to Facilitate a Meeting
4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Debrief


Sue Radwan, MEd, CAE, SMP, ARM

Owner, Leading Edge Mentoring

radwan.pngAs the Executive Managing Editor for the ASAE Professional Practices Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management, Sue and her legacy in association management have been recognized and validated by her peers in the industry.

Radwan facilitates high-level discussions on the domain content. She has spent over 20 years developing professional education for associations, including a national designation program. Radwan has considerable experience working with associations in the areas of board leadership and development, enhancing communications, strategic planning and human resource management. She will provide valuable guidance on certification information and tips for taking multiple-choice tests.


Registration Rates Late Rates
Single $200.00 Single $250.00
2 Person Team $375.00 2 Person Team $425.00
3 Person Team $450.00 3 Person Team $500.00
Additional Individual* $100.00

*This rate is only for individuals who are in addition to 3-person teams

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Cancellation/Refund Policy

If received in writing at least 10 business days before the program begins, you will be refunded your registration fee after a $50 administrative charge. Cancellations not received in writing by the date required will not be eligible for a refund. No-shows will not be refunded.

Substitutions may be made at any time. The difference between the member and non-member price will apply if a nonmember replaces a member. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the MSAE office, 1350 Haslett Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823; by fax: 517.332.6724; or email at

Extraordinary Board Orientation was a well-organized and insightful seminar. It was evident the speaker, Susan Radwan, is well versed in the topic. She easily incorporated answers to specific questions of individuals while continuing to provide general information that applied to all attendees. The materials included in the packet were frequently referenced and are good resources for attendees to use for the work of their association.

– Ruth Rickard, National Association of RV Parks & Campground Michigan Board Member

Attend and you will:

  • Distinguish between governing and managing.
  • Become more strategic as a governing body.
  • Learn how to create a board succession system.
  • Consider the three-dimensional aspects of the Board-CSE relationship.
  • Learn how to construct a meaningful agenda.
  • Learn effective tips to facilitate a meeting.